Easy Wire Hook Clasp (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Easy Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

One thing I especially like about this simple hook clasp is that the curved tip of the wire discourages jewelry from coming unfastened while it’s being worn.

Supplies:

  • Round soft wire, 16 gauge – 2.75″ (70 cm) long.
    (I used copper wire.)
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur or jewelry file for smoothing and rounding wire ends.
  • Round nose pliers.
  • Optional: Nylon, plastic, or rawhide hammer and jeweler’s steel block – to flatten and harden your wire clasp.
    Jeweler's Hammer and Steel Block - Rena Klingenberg

How to Make an
Easy Wire Hook Clasp

First, cut your piece of wire 2.75″ (70 cm) long:

Wire for Easy Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your cup bur or jewelry file to round and smooth both ends of your wire:

Smoothing and rounding wire ends for Easy Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use the widest part of your round nose pliers to make a P-shaped loop in one end of your wire:

Making loop for Easy Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now move to the other end of your wire. Use the tips of your round nose pliers to make a 90-degree curve at the end of your wire:

Bending wire for Easy Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Move your pliers down to a place on the wire that’s about halfway between the 90-degree curve and the loop.

Grasp that spot on your wire somewhere in the middle of your round nose pliers jaws:

Shaping wire for Easy Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Bend both sides of the wire straight downward, making the wire curve nicely around the pliers jaw.

Your 90-degree curve should be pointing inward, not outward:

Bending hook for Easy Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Easy Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to hammer your clasp to harden it and straighten out any warping.

Place the clasp on your steel block and hammer it all over.

Then turn the clasp over and hammer it all over on the other side:

Hammering finished clasp for Easy Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Here you can see this easy wire hook clasp at work in my Safari Leather Bracelet for Guys and Gals Tutorial:

Finished Easy Wire Hook Clasp on Safari Leather Bracelet for Guys and Gals - tutorials by Rena Klingenberg

Want to Learn the Basics of
Designing Your Own Wire Jewelry?

Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components Class In my Design and Make Artistic Jewelry Components video class, you’ll learn how to get great ideas for wire jewelry designs – and then follow my easy system for turning those ideas into successful pieces of jewelry.

By the end of this online video class, you’ll be designing and making your own artistic earwires, clasps, connectors, and pendant bails.

You’ll also learn my tips for making wire jewelry more easily, with more professional looking results.

 

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Comments

  1. SewMagical says:

    Thank you! At last, an ~easy~ hook to make. And great pictures, too! It is so rare to find good clear photos of a technique. You make it all seem possible.

  2. This is a helpful idea – thank you for sharing it…….I plan to use it. :)
    Gentle Joy

  3. I never thought about making the other hook a little different. Thank you so much.

  4. Great tutorial. I never thought of making a hook clasp. Thank you

  5. awesome tutorial something I will tuck away and keep.

  6. You always share the best tutorials at TTF!

  7. You make it look so easy. I have got to get over my fear of jewelry making! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Thanks for the great tutorial, seriously need to try this out sometime! Thanks for sharing
    Britni

  9. Wow that is easy! I think even I could manage that and I am not very metal crafty. Thanks for sharing that. I will have to see if I can use this on a crochet bag too.

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