A magnetic clasp for a necklace is a clever option for people who cannot grasp a jewellery clasp due to arthritis or long nails. The clasp is one of the most important elements of a necklace. A magnetic clasp can add elegance to the overall design and also secure the necklace against possible loss. The magnetic pieces of the clasp pull together into a strong bond with little effort.
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Types of Magnetic Clasps
The magnetic clasp locks together through two small powerful magnets that are connected to the necklace with a jump ring, wire or cord. Magnetic clasps can include an extender to give additional length to the necklace. A locking device is a small handle that wraps around the two clasp pieces, or a barrel that screws around it for extra security. Magnetic clasps come in a variety of silver and gold tone designs and sizes and are available in most craft stores and online.
Magnetic Clasp with Loop
Magnetic clasps that have an attached loop are connected to the necklace through a jump ring. Open the jump ring by twisting it slightly with chain-nosed pliers. Slide the jump ring onto the magnetic clasp loop, then twist the jump ring closed. Repeat this for the second part of the clasp. Slide the cord or thread through one of the jump rings and tie a knot. String the beads onto the thread and tie a knot after the last bead. Attach the second part of the magnetic clasp by sliding the thread through the jump ring and tying a knot. Cut off the excess thread. Apply a dab of epoxy to the knots and let dry.
Magnetic Clasp with Center Hole
Magnetic clasps that have a hole in the centre can be attached to a necklace using cord or thread as stringing material. Slide the thread through the hole in the magnetic clasp and tie a knot. Dab the knot with epoxy and let it dry. Pull the thread tightly until the knot is hidden inside the hollow part of the clasp. Tie a knot on the other side of the clasp and begin stringing the beads of the necklace. On the opposite end, tie a knot after the last bead and add the second part of the magnetic clasp. Tie a knot and push it inside the clasp. Dab the knot with epoxy and let it dry. Cut off the excess thread.
Considerations When Using Magnetic Clasps
Always slide the magnetic clasp pieces apart to open the clasp. Do not pull apart, as that can weaken the adhesive holding the magnet inside the clasp over time. Some magnetic clasps may feel bulky and weigh more than regular spring, hook and eye or toggle style clasps. The use of magnets can interfere with the operation of pacemakers, defibrillators and other implanted electro-medical devices.
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