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Instructions for making a hook finding out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools. 

How to Make a Hook Finding out of jewelry wire shaped using WigJig jewelry tools.A hook and catch clasp is one of the more common findings used in making necklaces.  These instructions will describe how to make the hook portion of the clasp set shown at right.  The instructions for making the catch portion of this clasp out of jewelry wire can be found here.

Jewelry Making Supplies

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Jewelry wire in 18 or 20 gauge
  • Flush Cutter
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry making tool
  • 3/16" Super Peg for the WigJig tool

Step-by-step instructions for making a hook jewelry finding out of jewelry wire shaped using WigJig jewelry making tools:

Step 1 Cut a segment of 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire 3 1/2 inches long.

Step 2Make a loop in one end of this jewelry wire.

Step 3Straighten this jewelry wire by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.Instructions in How to Make a Hook Finding Jewelry Making Project Step 4 showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.

Step 4:  Position a 3/16" Super Peg and one regular metal peg in your WigJig jewelry tool as shown at left.  Place your initial loop in your wire on the regular metal peg and wrap the jewelry wire around the Super Peg as shown.

 

SInstructions in How to Make a Hook Finding Jewelry Making Project Step 5 showing WigJig jewelry tool used to shape jewelry wire.tep 5:  Add a regular metal peg to your jewelry making jig as shown at right and wrap the jewelry wire around this metal peg, then back around the Super Peg as shown.  While wrapping the wire around the Super Peg, the wire should be on top of the prior wire segment.  Be careful that your wire does not end up outside the prior wire segment. 

 

Instructions in How to Make a Hook Finding Jewelry Making Project Step 6 showing jewelry wire being shaped on WigJig jewelry tool.How to Make a Hook Finding Jewelry Making Project Step 6B showing jewelry wire shape after removal from WigJig jewelry tool.Step 6:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around the initial peg as shown.  When removed from your WigJig jewelry tool, the jewelry wire should appear as shown at right. 

 

Instructions in How to Make a Hook Finding Jewelry Making Project Step 7 showing shaping the jewelry wire using common jewelry tools.Step 7:  Insert your round nose pliers or preferably your step jaw pliers into the loops formed on the initial metal peg.  Grasp and hold the wire tightly.  While holding the wire component in your pliers wrap the wire tail around both wire segments as shown at right.

 

Instructions in How to Make a Hook Finding Jewelry Making Project Step 8 showing shaping jewelry wire using standard jewelry tools.

 

Step 8:  Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the loop made on the second regular metal peg and twist it 90 degrees.

 

 Step 9 to instructions in How to Make a Hook Finding Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire after shapign with common jewelry tools.

Step 9:  Using your bent chain nose pliers grasp the loop about 1/8th inch from the end and bend it back about 30 to 45 degrees as shown at right.

 

Step 10 to instructions on How to Make a Hook Finding Jewelry Making Project showing finished jewelry wire hook.

Step 10:  Working with the wire causes the hook to open up slightly.  We need to try to restore the shape of the hook by placing it around your Super Peg on your WigJig jewelry tool and gently squeezing the two ends together.  The completed hook should appear as shown at left. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

For those jewelry making projects where you want to include a handmade clasp, this is a design that you should consider.  This hook is strong enough for most jewelry projects and looks similar to machine made clasp jewelry findings.  If you would like to view more designs for Hook and Clasp jewelry making findings please select the link below. 

 

 



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