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How To Make This Easy Silver Necklace Clasp

Updated on April 11, 2011
A silver jewelry clasp can be fashioned from jewelry findings, a piece of silver wire.
A silver jewelry clasp can be fashioned from jewelry findings, a piece of silver wire.

Just A Few Jewelry Making Tools

A ruler, some chain nose pliers and some wire cutters plus a length of silver wire is about all that is needed to make this quick and easy silver necklace clasp.
A ruler, some chain nose pliers and some wire cutters plus a length of silver wire is about all that is needed to make this quick and easy silver necklace clasp.

Make A Silver Clasp From Your Jewelry Findings

There comes a time when finishing a necklace or bracelet comes down to the clasp. It happens. The piece is ready but it can not be finished because it needs a silver clasp, and all you have is stainless steel, copper or gold. Now what do you do?

Normally you attach a fabricated clasp that was purchased for the project. Maybe you just started making jewelry without a plan. You whipped up this real cute piece. Now you have a pretty silver necklace without a clasp. Why not make your own silver jewelry clasp from the findings you have? You don't have any findings you think. A short length of silver wire will do the trick. Here is what you need.

Material Needed To Make A Silver Clasp For A Chain Necklace

3" or 4" of silver wire should take care of all you need.

The length of wire totally depends on the size of clasp you want to make.

Tools Needed For This Quick Fix Jewelry Making Project

  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • A ruler
  • jump rings appropriately sized for the finished silver necklace

Making The Silver Clasp The Right Size

The clasp should be a size that will compliment the necklace you are making it for. It should also be easy enough to handle when operating to attach and remove it. Those are the two most important things you must keep in mind before you start. Think about what you are doing and what you want to accomplish.

For this example the clasp will be attached to the silver chain with a 6mm jump ring and the eye for the hook will also be a 6mm jump ring. The finished clasp for this demonstration is about 20mm. This will keep the silver clasp hook in proportion for a larger silver chain. It is a good size to handle and will match up fine to a handcrafted silver chain necklace.

Step by Step Bending The Silver Wire To Form The Clasp

Take the length of silver wire and form a closed end loop on one end. This will form 1/2 of the an eye on the clasp end used for attaching the clasp to the silver chain.
Take the length of silver wire and form a closed end loop on one end. This will form 1/2 of the an eye on the clasp end used for attaching the clasp to the silver chain.
Measure the piece after forming the loop. Allow some extra length at the other end(tag end)to form another closed loop.
Measure the piece after forming the loop. Allow some extra length at the other end(tag end)to form another closed loop.
Grasp the middle where the bend should be, remembering to leave a tag end.
Grasp the middle where the bend should be, remembering to leave a tag end.
Carefully bend the wire in half. Do Not squeeze the end tight, just leave a soft hairpin turn.
Carefully bend the wire in half. Do Not squeeze the end tight, just leave a soft hairpin turn.
Grasp the tag end of the bent silver wire and start the second eye hole. This can be easily aligned with the existing clasp eye by inserting the tip of the chain nose in to the existing eye. This will make the eye holes on the clasp line up.
Grasp the tag end of the bent silver wire and start the second eye hole. This can be easily aligned with the existing clasp eye by inserting the tip of the chain nose in to the existing eye. This will make the eye holes on the clasp line up.
Push the existing eye loop on to the chain nose to help line up the tag end before making the second eye. This will help make both eyes the same size and keep them in line with each other.
Push the existing eye loop on to the chain nose to help line up the tag end before making the second eye. This will help make both eyes the same size and keep them in line with each other.
Form the second eye just like you did the first one.Wrap the tag end around the chain nose pliers to form the second eye. They should lay side by side with the holes lined up.
Form the second eye just like you did the first one.Wrap the tag end around the chain nose pliers to form the second eye. They should lay side by side with the holes lined up.
Remove any excess wire from the eye end using flat cutters.
Remove any excess wire from the eye end using flat cutters.
Measure the bent wire to find the middle of the piece. Grasp the middle with the chain nose pliers.
Measure the bent wire to find the middle of the piece. Grasp the middle with the chain nose pliers.
Carefully bend the middle to form a hook. The hairpin tip should lay across the top of the two eyes.
Carefully bend the middle to form a hook. The hairpin tip should lay across the top of the two eyes.
Gently flair the tip of the hairpin end to form a slight raise on the tip of the hook.
Gently flair the tip of the hairpin end to form a slight raise on the tip of the hook.
Now the hook is ready to attach to the silver chain necklace. Use jump rings that are the right size for the necklace and the hook. A soldered ring can be used for the eye that is attached as the clasp grip. That means on the opposite end of the chai
Now the hook is ready to attach to the silver chain necklace. Use jump rings that are the right size for the necklace and the hook. A soldered ring can be used for the eye that is attached as the clasp grip. That means on the opposite end of the chai
This jump ring will attach to one end of the chain and the the other end will be attached to a single eye.
This jump ring will attach to one end of the chain and the the other end will be attached to a single eye.
Make sure the hook will pass easily enough through the eye that goes on the other end of the chain. There you have a silver clasp for your silver necklace.
Make sure the hook will pass easily enough through the eye that goes on the other end of the chain. There you have a silver clasp for your silver necklace.

Put Some Thought In To Your Work

The clasp should be of a size that will compliment the necklace you are making it for. It should also be easy enough to handle when operating to attach it and remove it. Those are the two most important things you must keep in mind before you start. Think about what you are doing and what you want to accomplish here.

For this example the clasp will be attached to the silver chain with a 6mm jump ring and the eye for the hook will also be a 6mm jump ring.

Shaping The Silver Clasp

Start the piece by making a closed eye at one end of the silver wire you have chosen to make your clasp from.

The photographs to the right should help guide you through each bend necessary to make the clasp. The first time you try making a clasp might turn out a little rough. Here I suggest trying with some kind of non precious metal such as steel or whatever you have available that is pliable enough to work.

Now measure the piece with one eye in place and find the middle. Leave some extra length on the end without an eye, I call the "tag end". The tag end will be formed in to a second eye for attaching the hook to your silver chain. See this example in the next couple photos.

Carefully bend the wire in half remembering to leave a tag end. This will form a sort of hairpin turn. Do not crimp the hairpin turn but do make it tight. You will want the wire to lay side by side as the hairpin loop is formed. This will create the tip of your silver hook clasp.


Finishing The Silver Clasp

Make the other eye from the tag end of the wire. A trick to keep both sides the same size is to place the first eye on the end of your chain nose pliers and then wrap the tag Begin at the same point as the existing closed eye. This makes it straight and sized right. Make sure the eyes are closed and will line up on the end of the chain nose pliers.

Now gently squeeze the two linear pieces together from the hairpin turn down to the eyes. Again , remember not to crimp the hairpin because this will cause a weakness that could cause the wire to crack and break.

Trim the excess wire from the tag end eye. You might need to gently open the eye to make the cut. Do not bend the formed eye out of it's proportion. Make the cut and make sure both eyes form closed  loops. These loops will be squeezed together and attached to a jump ring when the clasp is finished.

Don't Crimp The Wire

Crimping the wire too tight could cause a weakness in the hook. All the bends should be gentle. It is a good idea to warm the wire by rubbing it briskly between your fingers just before bending. The friction from rubbing the wire will warm the wire. bending warm wire is much easier and causes less stress on the wire.

You will need to line the wire up close but you have to do this very carefully. It takes a little practice to make the bends without leaving pliers' marks all over the wire. One suggestion here is to make the grips firm and do not let the wire out of the grip once you have grabbed it tight. Movement can cause scratches on the finished hook.

Bending The Hook

Now that you have both eyes made and they line up real nice it is time to bend the piece in to a hook shape. this is done by measuring the length of the piece to find the middle.

Grasp the middle with the chain nose pliers and gently bend the piece in half. This will form another hairpin turn that creates the hook. The pliers should leave an open space that will be the slot where the clasp eye is held in place. Now the silver clasp is almost finished.

Make sure everything is lined up real pretty and then carefully flare the tip of the hook up just a wee bit. This will allow the clasp eye to slide on and off the hook very easy. The photos show how the piece should look when it is finished.

Attach The Hook To The Silver Chain Necklace

The finished hook can be attached to the necklace with a jump ring that is the right size for the finished silver necklace. Put the hook on one end of the chain and put an eye on the other end where the hook will be attached. Use a soldered closed ring for the other end of the chain. This is the eye end and will be passed through the hook to make the join. Check to make sure the eye will slide through the hook easily and fits snug. There might have to be minor adjustments made to the finished hook. a soft squeeze here or there or a little prying to make the spacing just right should tweak the hook clasp in to perfect shape

Now you have a finished silver chain necklace with a nice secure clasp. happy jewelry making!

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    • StephenSMcmillan profile image

      StephenSMcmillan 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful tips and ideas here!

    • Abigaileva profile image

      Abigaileva 

      7 years ago from India

      Nice article for learner to make this.... Thanks for sharing this.

    • terrifayejewelry profile image

      terrifayejewelry 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great tutorial!

    • C.S.Alexis profile imageAUTHOR

      C.S.Alexis 

      8 years ago from NW Indiana

      It would be great for you to publish a hub about your other clasps. look forward to that one.

    • beadydani profile image

      beadydani 

      8 years ago from London, England

      Making your own clasps makes it personal. It also gives you a sense of satisfaction, pre-made are fine when you are in a hurry or when you are using heavy beads use as gemstones.

      There are very good and secure pre-made clasps around you just need to shop around. But I still prefer making my own especially when making wire jewellery, it gives me a total sense of ownership.

      I have actually posted tutorials on clasps (fish hook, figure, etc) in my blog but will transfer it here at some point.

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      Barbara Bethard 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      this is the simplest, best explined step by step EVER!!! you ROCK CS!!!

    • C.S.Alexis profile imageAUTHOR

      C.S.Alexis 

      8 years ago from NW Indiana

      SweetiePie,

      you go girl!

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think I will try it the next time I make a necklace. I have not been very satisfied with the quality of some of the pre-made clasps I have purchased!

    • C.S.Alexis profile imageAUTHOR

      C.S.Alexis 

      8 years ago from NW Indiana

      SweetiePie,

      It only takes a few minutes and a little practice. The know how might come in handy sometime.

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I really like the idea of making my own clasp, and some day I definitely have to try it.

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