Clasps, which are small pieces of metal used to open and close a bracelet or necklace, are a necessary project for those interested in making jewellery. Although most types of clasps can be bought from hobby suppliers, they come only in standard sizes and materials, and cannot be personalised. The simplest type of clasp you can make for a bangle bracelet and other jewellery is the S-clasp, which is formed by "S" shaped pieces of jewellery wire and attached to the bracelet with jump rings.
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Things you need
- 18-gauge silver wire
- Wire clippers
- Jewellery files
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Round-nose pliers
- Small paintbrush
- Silver solder
- Ceramic tile
- Fire bricks
- Soldering torch
- Soldering clamps
- Copper tongs
- Pickle pot
- Bangle bracelet
Cut a one-inch piece of wire with the wire clippers. File and sand the cut edges until they are flat and smooth.
Grip one end of the wire piece with the tip of the round-nose pliers. Wind the wire around the pliers until you create a single loop. Cut the excess wire.
Repeat steps one and two on another piece of wire so that you have two even loops.
Paint a tiny amount of flux on the cut ends of each piece of wire, and press the ends as close together as possible.
Set up your soldering area. Lay fire bricks over a large ceramic tile to create a fireproof surface, and place your torch, clamps and tongs nearby.
Lay the wire loops on top of the fire bricks. Cut a tiny piece of solder for each loop and place it over the cut edges.
Heat up the soldering torch to a tiny flame and hold it over the solder pieces until they melt into the space between the cut edges of the loops. Remove the flame.
Make the Bangle Bracelet Jump Rings
Pick up the loops with the copper tongs and place them into the pickle pot. Remove the loops, which will be used as jump rings, when cool.
Move your bangle bracelet to the soldering area. Paint the loose ends with a small amount of flux. Paint one side of each jump ring with flux.
Attach the clamps to the bangle bracelet and jump rings, lining up the flux side of each jump ring with the flux ends of the bracelet. Place a small piece of solder onto each of the flux areas.
Apply a small flame to the solder until it melts, attaching the jump rings to the bangle bracelet. Place the bracelet into the pickle pot until cool.
File and sand the excess solder and oxidation from the bracelet ends.
Attach the Bangle Bracelet Jump Rings
Cut a one-inch piece of wire and sand the ends smooth. Grip one end of the wire with the nose of the pliers and wind the pliers until the wire forms a loop.
Grip the same end of the wire, just below the loop you made, with the middle of the pliers. Wind the wire around one side of the pliers until it almost touches the loop. This will create a "C" shape.
Grip the wire again just below your "C" shape, using the bottom of the pliers. Wind the wire in the opposite direction. Stop winding when you reach the loop again.
Grip the free end of the wire with the nose of the pliers and wind it into a loop, matching the placement of the loop you made in step one. The shape should resemble an "S." Cut away any excess wire.
Slide the ends of the "S" clasp through the jump rings on the bangle bracelet.
Make the Bangle Bracelet Clasp
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