Need Help with Screw-Clasp on Waist Beads

by Danielle Greer.

Need Help with Screw-Clasp on Waist Beads  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Hey I am trying to make waist beads, but I am using a screw clasp with no hoops to hold it together.

For the life of me I cannot figure out how to put on the second part of the screw so that the knot sits as close inside the barrel as possible so the beads don’t move.

Do you have any tips on how to do this?

Thank you.

Danielle Greer

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  • Betty-Anne Olton says:

    When you say screw clasp, I’m thinking barrel clasp, and if that’s the case, I’ve never found a way to tighten knots inside the second part of the clasp. My workaround is to put a headpin (with a big enough head) through each side of the clasp, and make a wrapped loop. Then you can use that loop to attach each side of your beads as tightly as you need them to be. It has worked for me on heavy hematite necklaces, so should work on your waist beads.

  • Kelsey Keyes says:

    In general, I don’t recommend barrel clasps, they roll on the skin and aren’t especially secure. Also, eventually the threading in the clasps starts to strip and they stop holding. However, given your project, I can understand why you might be considering them. So, I will share with you a very easy method I have found for adding a barrel clasp (for customers who really want them).

    Put crimp on the wire. Thread on the second side of the barrel clasp. Add a small seed bead, go back through the barrel clasp and crimp plus a few extra beads. Tighten up the wire and crimp as usual.

    Good luck on your project. and happy beading!

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