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 The Reader Question thread is where I pick an email or comment question to answer.  I don't claim to know all the answers but I do my best to help.

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'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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If you like a beaded version of the round toggle and bar just like the metal types, then hop over to Jennifer's other tutorial, How to Make the Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp.

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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
2. By twisting thinner wires together

Spool Knitted Necklace by Pearl
Making distinctive wire toggles are also creative options. The Heart Shaped Toggle Clasp tutorial by Gelt Designs is delightful.

Image by Gelt Designs

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.

Image by Freya for the Guild of Jewellery Designers
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