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Hook & Catch - Advanced

Instructions for making the "Advanced Hook and Catch" finding out of jewelry wire using the WigJig jewelry making tool: 

Advanced Hook and Clasp Jewelry Making Project made out of jewelry wire.The design shown at right is our advanced hook and catch clasp.  This is probably our favorite clasp design.  This jewelry wire component can be made in any of our WigJig jewelry tools using three regular pegs and one Super Peg.  The Super Peg can be 3/16 inch, 1/4 inch or 5/16 inches in diameter.  Making this clasp requires about 8 inches of 20 gauge jewelry wire. 

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Making Tools:

  • Flush Cutter
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry making tool
  • 3/16" Super Pegs for your WigJig jewelry tool
  • Ruler

If you would prefer a slightly easier to make clasp, please select here to view our instructions for making our Beginners Hook & Catch Clasp.

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for making a Hook out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Cut one segment of 20 gauge jewelyr wire, 4 1/2" long.Advanced Beginner's Jewelry Wire Catch Jewelry Making Finding Step 4 showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 2:  Using your round nose pliers, or your fine step jaw pliers, make a 1/2 loop in the end of your jewelry wire.  (This loop will be ultimately cut off, so it does not need to be a full loop.)

Step 3:  Using your nylon jaw pliers, straighten the jewelry wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of the pliers.

Step 4:  Now position three regular metal pegs in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place your initial loop in your jewelry wire on peg 1 and position your wire as shown.

Step 5:  Now wrap your jewelry wire around peg 2 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown in the pictures below-left and below-center.  Push the wire with your finger tips, holding your finger tip as close to peg 2 as possible while you are wrapping the wire.

Step 6:  Now wrap your jewelry wire around peg 3 in teh pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown below-right. 

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Step 7:  Now wrap the jewelry wire counter-clockwise around peg 2 in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown below-left. 

Step 8:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and it should appear as shown below-right. 

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Step 9:  At this point we need to rotate the two loops made around peg 2 each 90 degrees but in the opposite directions.  This is a two step process.  We start by rotating the last loop made on peg 2 by 90 degrees as shown below-left. 

Step 10:  We complete rotating the two loops made on peg 2 by 90 degrees by rotating the initial loop made on peg 2 by 90 degrees.  One of these loops will have been rotated clockwise 90 degrees and the other loop will have been rotated counter-clockwise 90 degrees.  The final result appear as shown below-right.  Your goal is that when you are finished the shorter, initial segment of wire will be in the middle, between the two loops.

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Step 11:  Using your flush cutter, cut the starting loop off your jewelry wire, leaving about 3/16" of wire as shown below-left.

Step 12:  We need to bend this short segment of jewelry wire down so that it is parallel with the wire that went to and from peg 3.  We do this by inserting one jaw of our bent chain nose pliers into the two loops with the second jaw on the outside of the two loops.  In the picture shown at right, the second jaw of your pliers would be above the two loops and as close as possible to the tongue of wire that went to and from peg 3.  With your pliers in that position, bend the short wire segment down so that it is in the position shown below-right.

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Step 13:  Now we are ready to wrap the wire tail around the tongue of wire to and from peg 3.  To do this, you place the round jaw of your fine step jaw pliers in the two loops, with the flat jaw outside the loops.  Grasp the wire firmly in your pliers and wrap the wire around about 4-5 times.  If you have excess wire, cut the excess wire so that the wire end is positioned on the bottom of the wire component, with the component orientated as shown below-left.  Using your bent chain nose pliers, squeeze the cut end of the wire flat. 

Step 14:  The finished clasp will be more esthetically pleasing if the two loops are centered on the wire tongue.  To do this, we place one jaw of our round nose pliers into the two loops, and the second jaw, above the loops at the point where they contact the tongue of wire.  Grasp the wire component firmly and twist your pliers so that the loops are centered as shown below-center.

Step 15:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the tongue of wire about 1/8" from the end and bend it up 45 degrees as shown below-right.

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Step 16:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, bend the entire tongue up about 30 degrees as shown below-left.

Step 17:  We finish the hook portion of the clasp by using our fine step jaw pliers and bending the tongue of wire around the round jaw of the step jaw pliers into the position shown below-right. 

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Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for Catch finding out of jewelry wire shaped using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Step 18:  To make the catch portion of this clasp, we need to start by cutting a 3" segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire. 

Step 19:  Make a loop in your jewelry wire using your fine step jaw pliers.  The loop needs to be the size of the peg for your jig. 

Step 20:  Grasp the jewelry wire by the loop you just made and straighten the wire by repeatedly pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers. 

Step 21:  Position one regular metal peg (peg 1) and a 3/16" Super Peg, peg 2 in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at right.  Place your initial loop in your jewelry wire on peg 1 and position the wire as shown.

Step 22:  Wrap your jewelry wire around peg 2 and continue pushing the wire until with no pressure applied, it rests adjacent to peg 1 as shown below-center.

Step 23:  Now wrap your wire tightly around peg 1 as shown below-right. 

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Step 24:  Remove your wire from the jig.  At this point your wire should appear as shown at left.

Step 25:  Place the round jaw of your fine step jaw pliers in the two loops from peg 1 and grasp the wire component tightly.  While holding the wire this way, wrap the wire tail about the wire component two times as shown at right.

Step 26:  To finish the catch, you need to cut the excess wire and use your bent chain nose pliers to squeeze the cut end of the wire flat.  The finished catch will appear as shown at right and the finished clasp is shown below center.

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Advanced Hook and Clasp Jewelry Making Project showing finished clasp.
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You may find occasions where you need the hook portion of the clasp but don't need the catch because you can incorporate the catch function into the wire components on your bracelet or necklace.  The bracelet shown below is just one example where we used a hook that we made out of jewelry wire, but incorporated the clasp into the jewelry wire components on the opposite side of the bracelet.  Please select the picture below to view our instructions on how we did this.

2 Strand Jewelry Wire & Beads Bracelet Jewelry Making Project

 

Summary of instructions for making an advanced clasp out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools:

As the name implies, this is an advanced design.  It is not difficult to make the clasp we identified above, but you should not select this clasp as part of your first few jewelry making projects.  Once you have more experience, this is a handmade clasp made out of jewelry wire that we really like.  When using this clasp in making bracelets, we are likely to include a guard chain as part of the bracelet so that should the clasp come undone, you won't lose your bracelet.  If this design for making a clasp finding seems to advanced for you, please select the link below to view our other clasp designs.

 

 

 

 

 



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