Daily Wire Tip April 11: Hook Closures on Bracelets Pointing Away From Wrist

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
April 11, 2010


Dale, in your book, you show making the bracelet so the hook opening points away from the wrist.  Other bracelet patterns often show the hook pointing toward the wrist.  Does it make a difference?


Great question, thanks! In my many years of making and selling hundreds of wire bracelets with a hook and eye clasp, I have only ever had one customer request that I turn the hook around to face ‘in’, toward her wrist (which is simple to do ‘on the spot’). With the hook facing ‘out’, away from the wrist, it is so easy for one to be able to put a bracelet on and take it off, with one hand, eliminating the need for struggle or another person to help (especially for those with arthritis). Also, if you think about it, the majority of folks who purchase bracelets are ‘working’, writing or using a computer, and when the hook faces ‘in’, it can dig into the arm. The next question that I am usually asked about facing the hook ‘out’ is if it won’t catch on clothing. The answer here is; that unless one is wearing something with an extremely loose weave, such as crochet, because the hook is rounded in shape, it most often it just glides over most fabric.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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  1. avatar

    Joy Kiefner

    April 11, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Excellant question! Thanks for asking, and thanks for your answer…

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    donna remple

    April 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I like this question as i have often wondered .. i like the idea of it facing the wrist.. and i do find it easier to undo..

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    April 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I prefer the hook to face out as I am working on a computer all day at my regular job and I do rest my wrists at times and boy, if that hook faced inward, it sure would dig into my wrist for sure. I have not had a bracelet catch on anything so far except a loose weave thermal hooded jacket when I pulled my arm out of the sleeve. No big deal, easily detached, the first time in over 5 years to have that happen.