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S-Hook

Instructions for making an "S" hook finding out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry making tools:

"S" Hook clasp made out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry making tools.

In this article, we will discuss how to make the "S" hook portion of a clasp.  This type of clasp is called an "S" hook because of its resemblance to the letter "S".  The "S" hook clasp is rather easy to make, and can be used as a clasp connected to another "S" hook on the opposite end of the necklace or bracelet, or it can be connected to a catch.  We have directions for making a catch finding out of jewelry wire here

This type of clasp is not as strong as a lobster claw clasp, or other cast clasp and for this reason, it may not be suitable for use where you have a very expensive pendant or an expensive set of beads in your necklace.  It also would not be appropriate where you have a very heavy set of beads.  For normal combinations of beads and pendants, this clasp will be plenty strong enough. 

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Making Tools:

  • 3 inches of 18G jewelry wire preferably 1/2 hard (necklace)
  • 2 inches of 20 or 2 gauge 1/2 round jewelry wire or 22 or 24G round jewelry wire preferably 1/2 hard
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers (2)
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool
  • 2 metal pegs and two 3/16" Super Pegs for your jewelry making jig

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Step-by-Step Jewelry Making Instructions for Making an S-Hook finding out of jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools:

Peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool for making the S Hook Clasp out of jewelry wire.

Step 1:  This jewelry making project starts by making a Flemish Spiral wire component which will ultimately become the "S" hook clasp.  The peg pattern for making this component on our WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown at right.  It requires two regular metal pegs and two 3/16" Super Pegs.  Position your pegs in your jewelry making jig as shown.  (The WigJig Delphi jewelry tool is shown, but this pattern can also be made in the Olympus or Olympus-Lite jewelry tools.)

Step 2:  Cut a three inch long segment of 18 gauge jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Make a loop in one end of the jewelry wire using your round nose pliers (or step jaw pliers if you have them).

Step 4:  Straighten the jewelry wire.  Use your nylon jaw pliers, if you have them.

Step 5:  Wrap the jewelry wire around the pegs on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown above-right.

Step 6:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig and complete the Flemish Spiral wire component by making the loop in the wire tail with your round nose or step jaw pliers.  When completed the wire component should appear as shown below-left.

Step 6 to instructions for making a "S" Hook Clasp using jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools. Step 7 to instructions for making an "S" Hook Clasp out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools showing the finished clasp.
Step 6 Step 7

Step 7:  Now we need to wrap 22 or 24G jewelry wire around one loop in the wire component and the center diagonal wire segment.  This effectively closes one loop in the wire component and leaves the other open. This wrap is performed by opening the loop on that side of the wire component, wrapping the wire 2 or three times around the wire component as shown below-right, and then closing the loop.  Use your chain nose pliers, or bent chain nose pliers to squeeze each wrap of wire flat against the Flemish Spiral wire component.  For wrapping the loop closed 1/2 round jewelry wire works best, with the flat side of the 1/2 round wire toward the wire component and the rounded side of the 1/2 round wire up, or visable.  If you don't have the 20 or 22 gauge 1/2 round jewelry wire, then use 22 or 24 gauge round jewelry wire.  For either the 1/2 round or round wire, 1/2 hard wire will work better.

Step 8:  After completing the two to three wraps of wire, use your flush cutter to cut the excess wire.  Use your chain nose pliers to squeeze the cut ends flat.  Try to cut the wire at a point where the cut end can be hidden by bending it into a gap in the Flemish Spiral wire component.  That will complete your "S" hook clasp. 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

There are times and jewelry making projects where a hand made clasp would not be appropriate.  When you are making very expensive bracelets and necklaces, you want a clasp that can't possible come apart when not anticipated.  There are other bracelet and necklace projects where a hand made clasp would be totally appropriate and would add to the alure of the bracelet or necklace that you made.  For those projects where a hand made clasp would add to the value of the project, we suggest that you consider making the "S" Hook Clasp out of jewelry wire using the instructions provided above.  This clasp is strong enough to meet all your requirements when making necklaces. 

If you want to view more instructions for making clasp findings out of jewelry wire please select the link below.

 

 



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