Toggle Clasp Tutorial

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Toggle Clasp Tutorial
Work a toggle clasp to fasten a bracelet or necklace. (Sodalite beads image by Rose from

Whether you make jewelry or purchase ready-made jewelry, toggle clasps are common closure clasps on many different jewelry pieces. A toggle clasp on a necklace or bracelet looks simple at first glance, but perhaps the simplicity is deceptive. Learn the easy operation of a toggle clasp to wear your bracelets and necklaces. Once you see the basic design and operation, you may see why they adorn so many different pieces of jewelry.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Bring the ends of the jewelry piece toward each other. One end has a circular ring and the other end has a straight bar.

  2. 2

    Position the bar so it aligns (sits parallel) with the beads of the bracelet or necklace and insert the bar through the ring completely.

  3. 3

    Push the bar all the way through the ring until it clears the ring completely.

  4. 4

    Position the bar so it no longer aligns with the beads of the bracelet or necklace, but instead it sits perpendicularly.

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    Pull the bar back so it catches on the ring. When the bar sits perpendicularly, it will not pass through the ring.

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    Undo the toggle clasp by pushing the bar further through the ring again and positioning it so it aligns again with the beads of the bracelet or necklace. Pull the bar straight out through the ring.

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