Remember my antique bronze letter pendant with the 2mm double cord? Well, I had to make cord ends and a clasp for it as I didn't have either in bronze. I did have 20G bronze wire and this is how I went about making the findings. The 20G wire gives a more delicate look. You could also go for thicker wire like 18 G or lower for the clasp. This style of clasp is ideal for chain maille jewelry because the double loops resemble the double rings used in the weaves.
I coiled some lengths of wire around a knitting needle. Then I made a loop at one end and trimmed the other. You can work- harden that loop by hammering it.
Since there were two cords, I pushed both through the coil to ensure both ends really went right through. Trim the cords if they look ratty. I dabbed some glue on the cords and retracted them until the ends were flush with the top of the coil. Repeat with the other side. Wipe away excess glue. Use your chain nose pliers to compress the lowest most coil (trimmed end) so it "bites" down on the cords.
Cut a piece of wire about 4 inches long and bend it into half. Squish the bent wire together to make it narrow. Now bend it again about 1/2- 3/4 inches away from the "blunt"end. Too long and it looks odd. Too short and your clasp will come undone so experiment! Also be aware that the second bend may be uneven because your round nose pliers are tapered. A knitting needle may be a better idea if you want a balanced bend.
Trim the raw ends even and make loops. Again adjust to get even loops. You can also add a little "lip" to the blunt end by curling it a little.
There you have it, a simple little clasp. If you want another variation to it as for my cord necklace, instead of just bending the wire around one half of your round nose, close down on the wire and then bend the cut ends to the right as indicated by the red arrow below.
FREE TUTORIALS FROM THE WEB
The Wigjig.com site has some easy clasps you can make using a wire jig such as these below.
Geltdesigns has a slide tutorial on how to make Egyptian clasps which were developed by, you guessed it, Ancient Egyptians.
Wittyliving.com has a wire spiral clasp for those of you who love doing spirals!
Tania Zakharchenko has a fabulous coiled style clasp design.
Art Jewelry Magazine also has great video how-tos for a looped S-clasp and a hammered S-clasp.
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