Spiral wire clasp tutorial

by Cindy on March 30, 2011

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Hello!

I have a little something to share with my blog readers – a tutorial I created just for YOU.   I know many of you can teach me a thing or two about wirework, but this is tutorial is for anyone out there just getting started with wire.  Have you ever wondered how to create a one-of-a-kind clasp?  Here’s a quick tutorial to help you create a clasp that can be used in your next bracelet or necklace design.  All you need is a length of 16-gauge wire and your usual arsenal of tools!  Let’s get started……

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I hope this quick tutorial is helpful.  Let me reiterate one of the final tips that I mention – using a tumbler.  My tumbler has to be my absolute favorite “tool” when working with wire.   If you give your clasps a good tumble (an hour or so), you’ll have a nice and sturdy clasp to be proud of.  Please send me an email if you need further clarification on any part of this tutorial.  I aim to please.

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I’ve got one last photo to share – it’s my Bead Table Wednesday shot.    This is an action shot trying to take pictures for this tutorial.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold my pliers and my great big camera at the same time but I thought I’d give it a try.  Needless to say demonstrating the steps with tools was out of the realm of possiblities for me.  I needed my handy assistant.

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Thank you for stopping by today.  ‘See you around your bead table! :-)

2014 Update:   I hope that you found this tutorial helpful.  I’m glad you found my blog, especially visitors from Pinterest. :-)  If you would like more tips and tutorials on working with wire, please be sure to look for a copy of my book, The Missing Link - published by Interweave in Oct. 2013.

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{ 70 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda Landig September 7, 2011 at 2:44 am

great tut. Thank you!

Carol Goodwyn February 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I’ve never used a rotary tumbler. Do you have a brand or attributes to recommend? Thanks – great tutorial!

Cindy February 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Carol, I highly recommend the Lortone tumbler – a single barrel model is fine. I hope to do a tumbler tutorial soon – stay tuned! :-)

Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp February 22, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Awesome Tutorial!! I look forward to trying it out!

Misty March 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I’m new to this type of jewelry making and just wanted to play w/ wire today so this was perfect!

carina April 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Thank you! Great tips and tutorial. Love your pics! Carina : )

Vicky Sivaratnam May 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thank you…they are lovely!

Liz September 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Does this work if it is not tumbled? Or is it too flexible. Can I work it with a hammer instead? Liz

Cindy September 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Yes! You can definitely make this clasp without tumbling it and it will be sturdy because it is a thick enough gauge of wire. Tumbling will polish the clasp if you oxidize it and help to work-harden it. You can also work-harden the clasp with a rawhide or rubber mallet and a bench block.

Cj Eureka January 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Thanks so much…I needed something a novice could pull off…especially appreciated “forming a messy sort of spiral”…that…I can do~!~lol
cjeureka

jackie January 17, 2013 at 6:48 am

thanks for this generous tutorial. I am really grateful.

Kelsey January 30, 2013 at 11:33 am

I tumble my polymer clay beads with small smooth-ish river rocks. Does that also work with wire, or is there a better material to use?

Luci June 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I love the beautiful hook but I would like to see the eye that goes with it. Could you post the eye that corresponds to the eye or even give me a verbal description of it. Thanks much!

Cindy June 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Luci, the nice thing about a hook clasp is that you can use any kind of eye to go with it, as long as the hook fits nicely. A large jump ring is the easiest solution, or you can make a fancy eye as well.

Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp July 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

Thanks for sharing this Cindy! I love making clasps out of wire, and seeing how someone else does it is always interesting. I have some ideas to go and try now, just need to find a little time…

Cindy July 12, 2013 at 9:34 am

Just beautiful!! I’m feeling very inspired! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely clasp tutorial Cindy! I have pinned it and I will surely be making some today. Can I ask what you use to oxidize your brass wire? TIA!

Cindy :-)

Cindy July 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Thank you, Marie-Noel and Cindy! Cindy, I use an oxidizing agent such as Novacan Black or a Jax product to oxidize brass. :-)

Valia February 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Thank you very much!

Antonella June 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Just wanted to say thank you for this great clasp tutorial and I also wanted to let you know that I got your book as soon as it came out and WOW!! It’s fantastic! I always have problems coming up with interesting links and stuff, this book has helped me so much! Thank you for putting it out there :)

CeCe Ochs July 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I just bought your book last week, and I absolutely love it. I need to practice about 500 times, in order to get good, but I am looking forward to creating some beautiful things. Thank you.

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