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Toggle Clasp

Instructions for making a toggle clasp finding using jewelry wire and the WigJig jewelry making jig.


This toggle clasp finding is an advanced beginner's jewelry making project.  It isn't very difficult, but is not appropriate for someone just beginning.  This clasp is appropriate to use for a necklace.

The clasp as shown was made using colored Artistic Wire.  It could also have been made of sterling silver or gold, or gold-filled jewelry wire. 

Toggle Clasp Finging Jewelry Making Project, Made with Jewelry Wire
Toggle Clasp Finding
 

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Flush Cutter
  • Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry tool (except Athena)
  • 1/2" Super Peg for the jewelry making jig you use
  • 5 metal pegs for the jewelry making jig you use.
  • 30 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Step-by-step instructions for making a toggle clasp finding using WigJig jewelry tools:

Step 1:  Cut and straighten a 4 and 5 inch segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire.  Either 1/2 hard or soft jewelry wire will work although 1/2 hard may be slightly easier to work with.

Step 2:  Make a loop in one end of both segments of jewelry wire. 

Step 3:  Position five metal pegs and one 1/2 inch Super Peg on your WigJig jewerly tool as shown at right.  This pattern is shown on the WigJig Delphi jewelry, but a similar pattern would work on any jewelry making jig.

Step 4:  Place the initial loop from the 4 inch wire segment on peg 1 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool and wrap the jewelry wire around the Super Peg, peg 2, as shown.  Finish by wrapping the wire around peg 1. 

 

Step 5:  Remove the jewelry wire from the jewelry making jig.  Using your Fine Step Jaw Pliers, place the initial and final loops made around peg 1 onto the stepped jaw of the pliers.  While holding the wire component in the Step Jaw Pliers in your non-dominant hand, wrap the wire tail around about twice as shown at right.
 

Step 6:  Cut the excess jewelry wire and using bent chain nose pliers, slightly squeeze the cut wire tail so that it rest flat.  

Step 7:  Finish the loop portion of this clasp by grasping the loop at its middle with your bent chain nose pliers and bending it about 30 degrees.  See the picture above for how the finished loop should appear.

Peg Pattern for Toggle Clasp Finging shown on WigJig Delphi jewelry making tool.

Peg Pattern on WigJig
Delphi Jewelry Tool

 

 


Step 5 & 6 to instructions for Toggle Clasp Finging Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire after shaping on WigJig jewelry tools.
Step 5 & 6
(Top View)

Step 7 to instructions  for Toggle Clasp Finging Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire after shaping using common jewelry tools.
Step 7 
(Side View)

 

Step 8: Place the initial loop from the 5 inch jewelry wire segment on peg 3 with the wire tail on the left side of peg 3.  Now, as shown at right, wrap the wire to the right and over peg 4, then under and around and finally over peg 5.  Now bring the wire under peg 4 and then over, around and under peg 6.  From below peg 6, the wire is wrapped over peg 4, down the left side of peg 4 and finally around the right side of peg 3.  Finish by making a loop around peg 3. 

 

Step 9:  Remove the jewelry wire from your WigJig jewelry tool and place the loops made around peg 3 on the stepped jaw of your step jaw pliers.  While holding the jewelry wire component in your step jaw pliers and your pliers in your non-dominant hand, wrap the wire tail around the wire segment between pegs 3 and 4 as shown at right.

 

Step 10.  Cut the excess jewelry wire and using your bent chain nose pliers gently squeeze the cut end so that it lies flat.  See the picture at right.    
 

Step 11:  Now place the loops in the wire made around peg 4 onto the stepped jaw of your step jaw pliers.  While holding the wire component in the step jaw pliers with your non-dominant hand, grasp the loops made around peg 5 with your bent chain nose pliers and twist 360 degrees.  (Grasp the loops as if they were solid and you are grasping the sides of the solid object and not the edge.)  Repeat on the loop made around peg 6.  For the loop on peg 5 you will twist counter-clockwise.  For the loop made on peg 6 you will twist clockwise.

Hand finish this clasp by bending the wire with your fingers until it looks right.

Peg Pattern for Toggle Clasp Finging Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire on WigJig jewelry tool.
Peg Pattern on WigJig
Delphi Jewelry Tool

Step 9 to instructions for Toggle Clasp Finging Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire toggle after shaping on jewelry tool.
Step 9


Step 10 to instructions for Toggle Clasp Finging Jewelry Making Project showing completed jewelry wire toggle.
Step 10



Step 11 to instructions  for Toggle Clasp Finging Jewelry Making Project showing completed jewelry wire toggle.
Step 11

 

The finished toggle clasp finding is shown at right.  Because of the bend made in the loop portion of this clasp in step 7  this clasp should lie relatively flat when worn. 

Because the loops used to connect this finding to your necklace were made as wrapped loops, this clasp should be relatively strong.  Twisting the wire used for the bar component also adds strength to the finished component.  

Summary of instructions for making a clasp finding out of jewelry wire:

It is fair to say that we don't like all the jewelry making projects on our web site equally.  Of all the clasp designs that we document with instructions in our web site, this is one of our least favorites.  But since our tastes in jewelry aren't the same as everyone's tastes in jewelry we thought we would this design for making a handmade clasp out of jewelry wire.  If you would like to view other designs for making handmade clasps using WigJig jewelry tools, please select the link below.

 

Toggle Clasp Finging Jewelry Making Project, Made with Jewelry Wire Shaped using Jewelry Tools.
 

 

 



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