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.
- 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.
How to Make an
Easy Wire Hook Clasp
First, cut your piece of wire 2.75″ (70 cm) long:
Use your cup bur or jewelry file to round and smooth both ends of your wire:
Use the widest part of your round nose pliers to make a P-shaped loop in one end of your wire:
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:
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:
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:
Now your wire should look like this:
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:
Here you can see this easy wire hook clasp at work in my Safari Leather Bracelet for Guys and Gals Tutorial:
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