How to Make a Slide Fastener for a Bracelet

A slide fastener made from wire will keep a bracelet securely on your arm. A few supplies and tools from a craft store or bead store are all that is needed to make this uncomplicated and decorative fastener. Handmade beaded bracelets and necklaces can be enhanced and completed with the wire fastener, eliminating the purchase of expensive jewellery findings. Create a stash of these slide fasteners to keep on hand for your next jewellery project.

Measure 2 1/2-inches of wire with the ruler and cut the wire with the wire cutters.

Grab the tip of one end of the wire with the very tip of the needle nose pliers and bend the wire into a tiny circle. Repeat on the other end of the wire, making a tiny circle in the opposite direction.

Bend one half of the wire length over an ink pen to create a half circle. Bend the other half of the wire length over the pen in the opposite direction to create an "S" formation.

Push the tiny circles against the centre of the "S" formation. Place the entire wire "S" on the cutting board and pound it flat with the metal hammer.

Open the jump rings with the needle nose pliers and attach the rings to the ends of the bracelet.

Slide the ends of the "S" formation fastener into the jump rings to fasten the bracelet.

Things You'll Need

  • 20-guage silver or stainless steel wire
  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Ink pen
  • Metal hammer
  • Wooden cutting board
  • Two 1/2-inch diameter jump rings
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Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.