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Question : Pearl, Hi, do you have a tutorial or instructions how to make a toggle clasp out of a button?? I am so tired of buying toggles, I would like to make my own. Thank you, Marsha Durkin of PinkAngelWing on Etsy.
Answer : Bought toggles are great for when you run out! However, it always adds to the piece if all the components are hand made so it is is worth making your own.
I actually don't have a tutorial for a button toggle clasp but Jennifer VanBenschoten over at About.com's Beadwork has one for buttons (shown above). She covers how to attach shank and 2-hole buttons.
The other end of the clasp could be just a simple beaded loop. However, you could also bead both sides of the clasp. Check out the lovely beaded toggle clasp tutorial by Ruby's Beadwork using peyote stitch.
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Wire clasps are best made with thick wire. My past tutorials cover the two ways to add some strength to thinner wire :
1. By adding beads
|Copper Wire Crochet Bracelet by Pearl|
|Spool Knitted Necklace by Pearl|
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If you really want to make metal toggles from really thick wire and soldering, then check out Jo Walker's tutorial on The Guild of Jewellery Designers (UK)'s site.
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