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« on: August 29, 2007 05:03:31 AM »

I've made a few beaded watches (will try and post some pics soon) but I dont know how to fasten them. IF I use a normal bracelet fastening then they are difficult and it often needs someone else to fasten it for you. If I use a toggle fastening then its not very secure. Could I use a magnetic clasp or would that affect the watch mechanism in some way?

Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007 05:16:42 AM »

Are the watches battery or the wind up ones? I believe that would make the difference when using a magnet fastener. I wish I could see how your beading was done- I made some before and on some of them I was actually able to use a snap as a fastener, others I made a loop- and bead fastener. It just depended on how I had done the beadwork on each.
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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2007 11:03:44 PM »

I've made several watches and most of the time I use a magnetic clasp.  It doesnt affect the watch battery.  The only way it might possibly ever affect the battery is if the magnetic clasp were right on top of the watch back for several weeks.  If you are concerned about security with another type of fastener use a safety chain.  I use a safety chain on heavier bracelets no matter what type of clasp I have.  My current avatar even shows a safety chain on a bracelet with a magnetic clasp.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2007 12:07:08 AM »

I've made a few watches. On one I used beading elastic, which was fiddly to thread and knot, but is the easiest to get on and off and it stays put, too. I've made two with toggles, for which there is a bit of a knack to getting them done up and undone, but if it's hugging your wrist as opposed to flopping around like a bracelet, it should stay done up. I've never had problems with toggles coming undone. I've also done one that came with a clasp as well as the watch face- those are useful if you can find them.

Looking forward to seeing pics of your watches!
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2007 04:11:37 AM »

Thanks guys - I think I will try the magnetic fastenings and just make sure they dont affect the speed of the watch etc. (O:
I will try and post some pics soon but it might be later on in the week - I am going to my Princes Trust Panel on Tuesday so am gearing up towards that at the moment,.
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2007 12:49:17 PM »

Thanks everyone - I decided to go for magnetic fastenings with safety catches. Heres one of the watches (O:



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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2007 05:45:57 PM »

Cute! I especially like those square beads- I'm a fan of pink.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2007 05:27:45 AM »

Glad you like it (O:
I have done other as well
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