Sunday, June 7, 2009

How To Make A Bead and Wire Toggle and Bar Clasp

jewelry makingThere are three reasons why you might like to make your own beaded toggle and bar clasp :

1. You forgot to order some and are out
2. Sticker shock at how much some sterling silver (or heaven forbid) gold filled ones cost
3. Want a custom design to match the bracelet

For me it was all of the above. If you are game to try, here's how to make your own. The relative sizes of the bar and toggle will depend on personal preference and the actual jewelry design. So try it out with some copper wire first.

1. Cut about 4-5 inches of 20G wire
2. Stalk around the house and find a suitable round object or use your ring mandrel.
3. Form the wire around the mandrel and create a wrapped loop with one end.



4. Then load up the rounded wire with beads of your choice.
5. Complete the wrap underneath the first and you're done with the toggle part.



6. Take another 4- 5 inches of wire and wrap it round your pliers somewhere in the middle.
7. Twist the wires so they look like the bottom right picture.



8. Load up one end with enough beads so the actual length of bar will be the right one for your toggle.
9. Wire wrap the end - this will be more secure than just a simple loop. Then repeat for the other side. That's it - nice and simple. There are loads of variations with wire and beads you can do to make this basic design your own.



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14 comments:

  1. Beautiful! and very well matched! It's great to be able to say it was completely handmade :)

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  2. Very nice tutorial - you make the toggle into an extension of the jewelry you're making.

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  3. Another unique idea! I would never have thought of a beaded toggle clasp, thanks for the tut!
    -Stephanie

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  4. Thank you Pearl, excellent tutorial, as a jewelry artisan or beginner this is not only cost effective, but fun to extend the design you are working on!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this stunning tutorial. I will definitely be using this technique. Funny, I have actually run out of toggle clasps & was about to order online which I will still do as I need them for other projects, I will reserve this tutorial for special necklaces.

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  6. Another great tutorial Pearl! What can be better than an idea that saves costs AND adds to the beauty of the piece?!

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  7. I have made something similar to these before with plain wire, but the beads make a very nice addition. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

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  8. NICE!! I have never seen this done before! How cool to come across such a fun and practical method! Thank you!

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  9. Thanks sooo much!

    I've been beading bracelets as Christmas gifts for my nieces and was looking for something a little different. With your tutorial, I found it!

    Thanks again

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  10. I've been beading bracelets for my nieces as Christmas gifts and was looking for something a little different. With your tutorial, I found it!

    Thanks soooo much

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  11. wonderful...I have done loads of beaded hoops (toggles) like this before but it never actually struck me to do a bar and use it as a clasp...but would do so from now on...always good to have a great inspiration :) thanks

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  12. Very nice, I never have thought of adding beads to my toggles. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. thank you so much I love this tutorial, this will definately add to the design

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  14. Thank you for this great tutorial. Will use it.

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