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Topic: Jewelry CLASPS? adding them on and all  (Read 1027 times)
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« on: July 15, 2006 08:38:40 PM »

i love making jewelry but my methods of attaching clasps and stuff is really lame.

I get all the beads on a sting, and when it comes time to attach the claps, all i do it pull the string through the ring at the end and tie a few knots, i've had jewelry fall appart and all sorts of things Sad

My sister gave me a great collection os beads, wire, claps and all that like a year ago so i have all sorts of different things if there are tools or material that would help me out.


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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2006 10:51:06 PM »

Buy lobster clasps or those barrel shaped clasps! I guess you tie the knot around a jump ring and place the jumpring over the clasp Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2006 11:09:50 PM »

crimp beads.  you can find them at just about any craft store.  you stick the string through the crimp bead, through the loop in the clasp, and back down through the crimp bead.  then you smoosh the crimp bead with a pair of pliers.  magical little buggers.
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2006 09:44:32 AM »

Jusr personally, I think crimp beads (well actually I use crimp "tubes" not the round crimp beads) work at their very best if one uses [1] socalled 'beading wire' -- i.e., Soft Flex or Accuflex etc .. and [2]  special crimp pliers, which aren't expensive but do have to be used properly.

That said... if you really do prefer to use "string" you could also try bead tips --- also sometimes called knot covers or knot cups, which makes a lot more sense because that's exactly what they do: cover or enclose final knots on each end of a string of beads/pearls/whatever, while also providing a metal loop for attaching the clasp parts.
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sometimes the 'loop' part of a bead tip or knot cover is too large to go through the attachment end of a clasp part, in which case you can add a jump ring in between... this is actually a good idea anyway as it tends to add some flexibility & ease between clasp & piece-as-a-whole and helps the piece lay or drape better.]]
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2006 04:31:01 AM »

I echo Ayn with preferring crimp beads or tubes.  I dont care for silk or floss because I am so hard on my jewelry.  I use Beadalon, similar to Accuflex.  You can get both in several weights.  If you decide to try Beadalon I recommend the 19 strand in .015 weight as a good general all purpose size.

You can use either crimps or the bead tips also called clam shell crimps.  There is also another type that has fold over pieces for leather, cord and ribbon.

As a helpful hint when using crimp beads, after stringing your beads place your crimp bead on the stringing material and then place a glass bead such as a seed bead or fashion bead between the crimp and the closure.  Loop the stringing material through your closure and pass it back through the seed bead and crimp.  The seed bead is a cushion that helps reduce the wear on the stringing material.

Adding an additional closed jump ring does add more flexibility but without purchasing a lot of extra findings until you get the "hang" of things its not a must.

I always recommend Firemountains Beading Resources or Bead and Button Magazine as a great place to get step by step instructions with great pictures and easy to follow directions.

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« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2006 09:21:09 AM »

I'm also more of a fan of the crimp tubes vs. crimp beads.

and how I do it is take one end of the chording, loop the end through hole at the bottom of a lobster claw and then crimp the end.

then string my beads and when it comes time to close the other end, I loop my end through a jump ring and crimp, threading the excess chording through the beads.
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