Choosing the Right Clasp
by Judy Larson
Choosing a clasp that fits with the design of a jewelry piece being made is important. Personal preference plays a large part in the selection process.
Instructions
A clasp can be a focal point in a design, as in this scarab bracelet. However, not everyone would choose such a bold clasp which carries on the Egyptian theme of the bezel set scarab beads in the rest of the bracelet. The bracelet would be more subtly Egyptian with smaller clasp more in line with the size of the bracelet stones.
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Where a clasp will be situated in a piece of jewelry influences choices. The bold Egyptian clasp would work on the front of a necklace but would be uncomfortable as a traditional back neck closure. For a neck chain, if possible, the clasp should be large enough to open and close easily but still be in keeping with the size of the chain. The oval clasp mimics the oval links of the chain of this necklace.
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Both toggles are appropriate for these Bali style bracelets as they both have Bali style attributes. Because of its shape and size, the twisted round toggle blends in with the beads. The larger oval toggle is more of a statement focal on the bracelet. Since bracelets twist on the wrist and the closure can end up being seen, continuity of design is important. Again, personal preference carries a lot of weight when choosing a clasp.
Judy Larson's Choosing the Right Clasp - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, choosing the right clasp
Judy Larson's Choosing the Right Clasp - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, choosing the right clasp
Continuity in shape could be particularly important in a bracelet. There is nothing wrong with the clasps used in the first photo. However, when they are swapped for clasps similar in shape and size to the bracelet links, the new clasps blend seamlessly into the design.
Judy Larson's Choosing the Right Clasp - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, choosing the right clasp
Judy Larson's Choosing the Right Clasp - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, choosing the right clasp
Just as continuity of design can determine a clasp, so can materials used. Since this necklace was constructed using silver metal clay and, in this instance, the recipient thought the clasp could be stressed a great deal leading to breakage, it was decided to make it larger with a more open hook than it normally would have been.
Judy Larson's Choosing the Right Clasp - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, choosing the right clasp
Judy Larson's Choosing the Right Clasp - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, choosing the right clasp

Materials

Gold Filled Clasp Filigree Round Large 12.5mm - Pack of 1
J3-64
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Gold Filled J Hook Clasp w/ Fig. 8 Connector Medium 16mm - Pack of 1
J3-73
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Sterling Silver Clasp Filigree Square 1 Strand 13.5x8.5mm - Pack of 1
K3-71
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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  • Price: $170.72
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design