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« on: November 29, 2007 06:25:15 AM »

How do barrel clasps work?
Do you have to screw them together?
I want to know because these seem to be easy to complete a necklace or bracelet and aren't so pricey for as far as I have seen.
I thought of magnet clasps but they are quite expensive!
So..barrel clasps, are they easy to use?
Can you put your necklace/bracelet on easily?
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2007 09:35:57 AM »

Barrel clasps twist into each other kind of like a nut and a screw.  Just like most other clasps there are some that work better than others.  I've had necklaces with barrel clasps that never wanted to stay screwed closed no matter how tightly I twisted, and I have had some that never gave me a problem.

I've used both barrel clasps and lobster clasps and I think each one has it's own use.  Barrel clasps work better on necklaces (in my opinion) because you can't always see what you're doing and barrel clasps are easier to do blind.  However, lobster clasps are way easier to do with a single hand and make better bracelet clasps.  Again, this is only my opinion, but I do love my jewelry and wear a lot of it.
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2007 06:16:16 AM »

But don't the necklaces get twisted with the barrel clasps though?
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« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2007 07:39:30 AM »

The way they are made the barrel ends spin without spinning the jump-rings that attach it to the necklace.  At least the ones I have used in the past have worked that way.
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2007 12:49:46 PM »



The actual "barrel" part has a hole in the bottom of it where a head pin is interted and looped.   
So no, the necklace does not twist up as you tighten both barrel ends together.

Personally, I find them difficult to keep done up... they do often untwist themselves!  I think toggle clasps are a better alternative... you can find some reasonably priced varieties out there!
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2007 08:53:59 AM »

Now I understand Smiley
Thank you both so much, it really helps me out!
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2007 04:38:56 PM »

Kind of late but I wanted to add my ha'pennyworth...

I love barrel clasps for necklaces! I buy vintage necklaces to dismantle and they frequently have barrel clasps, which I merrily re-use - though I have to admit I don't tend to buy 'em, I actually collect enough old necklaces not to need to Embarrassed. They should only come undone if you haven't done them up tightly enough in the first place - you have to be sure to screw them RIGHT up.

I guess some of the cheaper ones might not be so well-made, so the screw thread doesn't fit properly. The vintage ones tend to be pretty substantial! Everything was made better back then blah blah blah...

You can't adjust them at all, though, and I am slightly addicted to extender chains, so I tend to use barrels for longer projects, or ones where I know EXACTLY how long I want the piece.

And don't use barrels for bracelets. Trying to do the things up one handed is just infuriating.

I actually really don't like toggle clasps - they just slide apart so easily. The only times I've had stuff fall off due to actual clasp failure (as opposed to jump-ring failure) it's been because of toggle clasps. There are some incredibly stunningly lovely toggle designs out there though, and some of them are more secure than others. So I guess it's down to your own experience and whatever you think works best and looks nicest Smiley
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