Spiral Wire Hook Clasp (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg. © 2003-Present Rena Klingenberg. All Rights Reserved

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Make this easy, graceful version of a wire hook clasp.

Here’s how it looks in action on the back of a necklace:

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

But it’s also pretty enough to be the focal element on the front of a necklace:

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Supplies:

  • 16-gauge round soft or half-hard wire, 3″ (76mm) long.
    (I used copper wire.)
  • Wire cutter.
  • Cup bur, wire rounder, or jewelry file – to round and smooth your wire ends.
  • Sharpie marker – to mark your pliers.
  • Jeweler’s steel block (or other smooth, sturdy surface for hammering) – for hammering the finished clasp.
  • Plastic, nylon, or rawhide hammer – for flattening and hammer-hardening your finished clasp.

Decide the Size
Your Spirals Should Be

In this tutorial, I demonstrate making a clasp that has fairly open spirals, like this:

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

However, depending on your use of this clasp, you may prefer to make the spirals a bit less open for security.

You could do that by using the tips of your round nose pliers, with a result like this:

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Make a
Spiral Wire Hook Clasp

We’ll start by marking your pliers, so you can make the centers of your spirals the same size.

Use your Sharpie marker to make a mark partway down one jaw of your pliers:
Marking pliers for Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

(Later you can remove the mark from your pliers using a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a small piece of paper towel.)

Now it’s time to cut your wire 3″ (76mm) long:

Cutting the wire for Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Use your cup bur, wire rounder, or jewelry file to round and smooth your wire ends:

Smoothing ends of copper wire - Rena Klingenberg

Now we’ll make an open wire spiral in one end of your wire.

If you’re new to making an open wire spiral, see my easy 3-minute video, How to Make an Open Wire Spiral.

Use your round nose pliers to grasp the tip of one end of your wire, right where you made your Sharpie mark.

Make a small hook in the wire end (this hook will be the center of your wire spiral):

Start the open wire spiral for Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now your wire should look like this:

Hook at wire end for Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now continue making your open wire spiral.

Move your pliers a tiny way down the wire, and make a tiny bend in the wire.

Keep moving your pliers along the wire in tiny steps, and make tiny bends in the wire as you go, to continue the open spiral:

Making open wire spiral for Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

As you work, your wire should look like this:

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

. . . and continue to form your spiral until it looks like this:

One spiral end finished for Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your first wire spiral is done.

Now move to the other end of your wire, to make the second open wire spiral.

Start by using your round nose pliers to make a hook at the end of your wire; but this time you’ll curve the hook so that it points away from your first spiral:

Starting the second end of the Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

After making your hook, your wire should look like this:
The beginning of the second spiral end - Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now continue making your open wire spiral – moving your pliers along the wire in tiny steps, and making tiny bends in the wire as you go, to continue the open spiral:

Finishing second spiral for Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Keep going till your wire looks like this:

Finishing second spiral for Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

It’s time to use your plastic, nylon, or rawhide hammer and steel jeweler’s block (or other smooth, sturdy surface) to flatten and work-harden your clasp.

This will help make the clasp stronger and sturdier.

Hammer all over one side of your wire; then turn the wire over and hammer all over the other side:

Hammer-hardening the finished clasp - Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished clasp should look something like this:

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

How to Attach the Clasp
to Other Jewelry Components:

Here’s how to connect your spiral wire hook clasp to a jump ring.

How attach the clasp - Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Starting at the wire end in the center of one of the clasp’s spirals, thread the jump ring onto the wire end, and begin to slide the jump ring around the spiral:

How attach the clasp - Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Continue sliding the jump ring around to the end of the clasp:
How attach the clasp - Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your finished spiral wire hook clasp in action may look something like this:

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Or this:

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Spiral Wire Hook Clasp - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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