How To: Make an S-Claspcomments (2) July 20th, 2008
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.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery