How To: Make an S-Clasp

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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The S-clasp is easy to make and great for beginners.
Youll need round-nose pliers and a 2-1/2- to 3-inch piece of heavy-gauge wire to make the clasp.
Make your first bend near one end of the wire.
Make a second bend closer to the other end.
Youll make small outward-facing loops at both ends to finish the S.
The S-clasp is easy to make and great for beginners.

The S-clasp is easy to make and great for beginners.

Photo: Susan Beal

You can make an S-clasp with a single piece of wire and a few quick bends using a pair of round-nose pliers in just a couple of minutes. Here's how to get started making your own findings—this project is very beginner-friendly!

First, cut a 2-1/2-inch piece of heavy-gauge wire. I like to use 16 gauge, either dead soft or half-hard—dead soft is more pliable, and half-hard is a bit more challenging, so it's up to you which you'd rather work with. If you use 14-gauge wire, I'd use dead soft, and if you use 18 gauge, half-hard is better.

Next, use your round-nose pliers to make a curving bend about one-third of the way in from one end.

Then make another bend about one-third of the way in from the other end, forming a rough S shape as shown.

Use the tips of your pliers to make tiny loops at each end of the S, facing outward as shown.

Last, adjust one side of the S to be more closed, and one side to be more open, so it will work well as a clasp. You'll use it with a soldered ring for a necklace, bracelet, or any other piece of jewelry!


Practice with inexpensive craft wire first.

You can hammer your finished clasp to give it an interesting texture.

Try making different sizes by using a 1-1/2- or 2-inch piece of wire, or a longer 3-inch length.




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Comments (2)

kazoocorral writes: To strengthen the s-hook, gently tap both sides of both rounded ends with a ball pein hammer (using the ball side)on a hard surface until slightly flat and this hook will not easily bend out of place.
Posted: 9:44 am on October 4th
trusk4u writes: This looked like fun, so I got a scrap piece of inexpensive wire and tried it. It was very easy to do! I think I will be making my own clasps from now on! Thanks!
Posted: 9:01 pm on September 7th
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