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« on: May 14, 2009 02:06:11 PM »

Because catdaddytn asked, I decided to photograph the cufflink-making process today as I made some more pairs.

Here's a shot of what I used (Please forgive the shank buttons. They're wonderful to use, but the rest of the photos show actual beads as the process is a little more involved.)

Various pliers and wire cutters, shank buttons (beads), toggles (from toggle clasp sets. I use the circle bits as parts of pendants), jump rings and eye pins.

The parts I used in the actual photos you will see...

Slipping the eye pin through the hole in the bead, bend the pin forward over the bead, making sure there is enough of the length that you can also bend the eye -up-

Bend the free end of the pin over the bead as well and pass it next to the part of the pin that has the eye and is now sticking up (shaft)...

Making sure the end isn't too long (you might have to cut it shorter) wrap the free end of the pin around the shaft of the pin...

In the eye, connect two or three jump rings, depending on their size, forming a short chain...

Add the toggle to the end of your chain, making sure all of the links are securely closed...

And there you have a cufflink.

Repeat the above steps for a pair Cheesy


« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2009 04:10:43 PM »

That is so cool how easy-peasy that is...and that bead with the wire wrapped around it would look pretty as a matching pendant for "her".
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2009 11:37:08 PM »

That is so cool how easy-peasy that is...and that bead with the wire wrapped around it would look pretty as a matching pendant for "her".

Funny you should mention that. I did take the circle of one of the toggles to make his wife a matching necklace


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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2009 10:17:14 PM »

Thanx for sharing!  And I love the matching jewelry!  So sweet. 

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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2009 10:09:37 PM »

Love this, thanks for the tutorial! *Wisted*   Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2009 07:30:50 AM »

thanks.  I thought you had used a toggle clasp.  How sweet and the matching necklace is adorable.  I think my hubby has one shirt that uses cuff links.  catdaddytn

« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2010 09:30:18 AM »

I finally made some "trial" cuff links and they look sharp.  Even for a trial, my boo boo in the wrap part didn't even show when hooked in the shirt cuff.  I didn't have the tut info when I was working on my cuffs, so I was going from memory.  I used a piece of wire, instead of the eye pin.  I wrapped my bead, as if it were a briolette.  The first one I made I used part of the toggle clasp.  It was a little bit too long.  when I tried again, I was just going to "test" a sparkly bead or actually a group of 3 small beads.  for this test, i didn't even use a toggle.

To my surprise, I had some extra wire when I tried this out and just bent them around the button hole.  wah lah - it was an instant toggle.  I turned the ends into a swirly and this will work. 

I need to go for the real thing now.  My trials used an oval black agate bead and the other one, sparkly black rondelles with a reddish rondelle.  I think this level of sparkle will be tolerable for my hubby.  He really liked the black agate.  I'm looking for some sparkle for our 25 th anniversary cruise in December.

I think this is a great idea for my brother, also.  I noticed he was wearing cuff links, recently.  What I hope to do is get a bit better with this project and use part of a family heirloom necklace that broke.

thanks for much for posting the tut.  your photos are superb!

« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2010 09:42:00 AM »

thanks for much for posting the tut.  your photos are superb!

You're most welcome!

Please do post pictures of your final pieces! (and of your not final pieces, I love seeing what others make! Wink )

« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2010 03:38:16 PM »

I never really knew what to do with those straight pins before. O: I see a present for boyfriend in the future.

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