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« on: June 27, 2006 07:45:48 PM »

When you're buying/making jewelry, what do you prefer - a piece that will stretch a little and fit over your wrist, ankle, neck, etc or something with a clasp or closure?

If closures, what kind do you like? Ring and toggle? lobster clasp? magnetic?

I'm making more of these: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16740515.0

and I was wondering if I should keep connecting the ends to make them one piece or if I should add clasps so that they don't have to fit over someone's wrist.

My apologies if this question has been asked before!!! And if this is in the wrong place! Thanks for your help!
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« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2006 07:50:08 PM »

I prefer something with a clasp or closure. 
Magents make it really easy to put a bracelet on, but they can have downsides- i had one and stuck my hand in a vending machine..and the bracelet stayed there! The same day i had the bracelet fly off and attach itself to the side of the bus.
I think a toggle is too big for a bracelet like that, and so would go with a lobster clasp.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2006 01:21:35 PM »

I actually normally like the fewer things that clasp as possible, but with a bracelet like this, made of yarn, it will continue to stretch, even with the beads....trust me...I learned!!!

But, I have a friend who does some interesting fiber jewelry making, and she uses the plain old snaps and hooks and eyes from the fabric store, as well as these snap closures:
http://www.landofodds.com/servlet/Categories?category=SNAP+CLASPS
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2006 02:19:00 PM »

I really like toggles and those s shapped clasps.  I like lobster clasps when they're a little on the big side.. small lobster ones annoy me LOL.  I dont like using stretch magic or whatever they call it, because, after a little while, the stuff becomes overstretched.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2006 06:08:25 PM »

I prefer toggles. They seem really classy to me and its really easy to put on/take off a bracelet with a toggle clasp for me.

Wonderful bracelets too, by the way.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2006 08:35:40 AM »

It definitely depends on the style of the bracelet. I use toggles for my cha cha bracelets but generally use self closing lobster clasps: http://www.firemountaingems.com/details.asp?PN=H152084FN - These are fantastic so much easier to use than regular lobster clasps that they are all I buy now.  Grin They also look good and are more secure than say a magnetic clasp.
For loomed bracelets I thing a ball and loop looks and works best. For yarn bracelets that have a slight stretch to them I don't think a clasp is essential.

Also I have seen a few people use barrel clasps in bracelets - this is a bad idea! they are impossible to do up yourself as you need 2 hands free!
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2006 01:06:11 PM »

I think it depends on age to some point and what the item is you are making.  I prefer magnetic clasps or toggles.  For large bead necklaces I have used large lobster claw clasps.  I have acrylic nails and I am also over 20, MUCH over 20  Shocked lol.  I have several lanyards for my boyfriends co-workers and they prefered the lobster claw clasp because it was also adjustable.  For bracelets I only use magnetic clasps or toggles because they can be put on with one hand.  My daughter is in her early 20's and she also prefers the magnetic clasps.  I use both the fold over type and the bead style.
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