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« on: January 23, 2009 10:40:57 AM »

I made some bracelets for the holidays this year and used a spring clasp. Well, mom is getting older and it's pretty much impossible for her to put on or take off a bracelet by herself. I've looked at magnetic closures but I wonder:

a - are they strong enough--I've heard people say they've lost bracelets with such closures?

b - can you slide the closure open with just one hand?

Maybe a gadget to help her fasten bracelets with one hand would be a better investment?

What has been your experience? Thanks!
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2009 05:27:25 PM »

Some magnetic clasps are stronger than others.  The issues, though, with using a magnetic claps on a bracelet is that when you pull it, the bracelet opens.  If you catch your arm on something, then the bracelet will open and fall of.

The magnet doesn't usually just fall open causing the bracelet to drop off.  It has to be caught on something.

Another option is to use a toggle clasp, rather than a spring ring.  The toggles just have you put a bar through the loop and it holds quite nicely.  It's not nearly as hard to work as a spring ring is.

that's what a toggle looks like.
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2009 07:56:36 AM »

I was thinking a toggle would be good too. 

My biggest concern with a magnetic clasp isn't that the two halves would come apart, but that the magnets would be too strong and when you try to pull them apart they could damage the bracelet itself.

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009 08:18:26 AM »

You can buy a little gadgety thing to make putting a bracelet on yourself easier. I'm pretty sure they work for spring rings. We bought my grandma one last year and it works great! I'm not sure where we got it from though.

Personally I wouldn't use a magnetic clasp. I'd be worried about the bracelet catching on something and falling off. The toggles are a good idea though.

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2009 03:37:33 PM »

A toggle clasp is a good idea.  You might also think about making stretch bracelets for your mother.  That way she could just slip it over her wrist and not bother with a clasp.  The main problem with stretch bracelets though is using heavy beads - you kinda have to keep them light. Grin

« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2009 08:23:41 AM »

I've never had a problem with magnetic closures. My grandmother has pretty severe arthritis, so I use magnetic clasps on all the jewelry I make for her. She loves it because she can put the jewelry on by herself (and also was thrilled I thought of her when putting the pieces together -- added bonus).

Unless she's too horrified to tell me something happened to one of her bracelets, she's never had a problem with them falling open or being damaged or anything.

However, I also have mostly used wire on her pieces instead of cord or TigerTail or whatever else someone might use to make a bracelet. So, maybe that makes it less susceptible to breakage? I don't know.

If you're concerned, maybe just stick to using magnetic clasps on necklaces until you see how they work out for your mother?

I hope it works out for you!  Smiley
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2009 05:54:00 AM »

I made a bracelet for my mother and used a toggle clasp. I love the way they look anyway (they're my favorite type of clasp), but it was perfect for my mom because she has trouble seeing and handling really tiny things like barrel clasps. The toggle clasp is easy for her to put on and off, so a toggle has my vote!
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