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Catches

Free instructions for making a catch finding using jewelry wire and a WigJig jewelry making tool.

Jewelry Making Supplies:

Jewelry Tools Required:

  • Flush Cutter
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Chain Nose or Bent Chain Nose Pliers
  • Nylon Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig jewelry making tool
  • 1/4" Super Peg for the WigJig tool

Step-by-step instructions for making Catch Design One using WigJig jewelry tools and jewelry wire:

 

This design is a new configuration for the catch portion of the clasp.  The combined hook and catch clasp can be seen at right.
 

Hook and Clasp Jewelry Making Project

 

Step A:  Cut a 4 inch segment of 20 gauge jewelry wire and make a loop in the flush end of this jewelry wire segment (not the sharp end). 

Step B:  Straighten this jewelry wire segment

Step C:  Position a metal peg and a 1/4 inch Super Peg in your WigJig jewelry tool separated by about 1/2 inch as shown at right.  Place the loop in your jewelry wire on peg one in the pattern on your jewelry making jig as shown.
 

Peg Pattern for hook and clasp jewelry making project.
Step C

 

Step D:  Wrap the jewelry wire around peg 2 as shown.

Hook and Clasp Jewelry Making Project Step D
Step D

 

Step E:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around peg 1. 

Hook and Catch Jewelry Making Project Step E
Step E

 

Step F:  Now remove the wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and place both the initial and final loops made on peg 1 onto the jaws of your Fine Step Jaw Pliers.  Grip the wire component in the Fine Step Jaw Pliers with your non-dominant hand.  With your dominant hand wrap the wire tail around the wire two full turns. 
 

Hook and Catch Jewelry Making Project Step F
Step F

 

Step G:  Cut the excess jewelry wire and using your bent chain nose pliers gently squeeze the end of the wire so that it will lay flat.  Your finished catch should appear as shown at right.

Hook and Catch Jewelry Making Project Step G
Step G

 

Step-by-step instructions for making Catch Design Two using WigJig jewelry making tools and jewelry wire:

 

The peg pattern on our WigJig jewelry tool for making this catch is as shown at right and uses one regular metal peg and a 3/16" Super Peg for the jewelry making jig you use. 

Peg Pattern for Making a Catch Jewelry Finding
Peg Pattern on
WigJig Centaur Jewelry Tool

 

Step 6:  After wrapping the jewelry wire around Peg 2, then wrap the jewelry wire around peg 1 as shown at right. 

Step 6 for Making a Catch Jewelry Finding
Step 6

 

Step 7:  Remove the jewelry wire from the WigJig jewelry tool and it should appear as shown at right. 

Step 7 for Making a Catch Jewelry Finding
Step 7

 

Step 8:  At this point, insert your Fine Step Jaw Pliers into the two loops of wire that were formerly around peg 1.  Grasp the wire tightly with your pliers and wrap the wire tail tightly around the wire component about 2 times.  When this step is completed, your wire component should appear as shown at right.  (One alternative technique to obtain the same result is to place your wire back on your WigJig jewelry tool in the opposite orientation.  What was up, should now be down.  This will result in the final jewelry wire segment being on the bottom.  With the wire in this configuration, pull up on the ending wire segment and begin to wrap it over and around the two small loops.  This technique will allow you to start the wrap of wire closing the catch without changing the shape of the wire component.  Finish using your pliers as described above.)

Making a Catch Jewelry Finding Step 8
Step 8

 

Step 9:  The jewelry wire component is completed by cutting the excess wire with your flush cutter and squeezing the end of the cut wire flat against the catch using either your bent chain nose pliers or your Bent Closing Pliers.  (You can find closing pliers in our Internet store by searching on the term "closing".)
 

Summary of jewelry making instructions:

As you can see from the above designs there are many ways to make a hook finding as part of a handmade clasp.  We frequently end up making our own handmade hook and catch findings because we did not plan ahead enough and after inspiration struck with a design for a bracelet or necklace, we didn't have a clasp that would fit with the jewelry making project.  Making your own clasp findings allows you to match the jewelry wire used in the rest of your project.  If you would like to view more designs for handmade clasps made out of jewelry wire using our WigJig jewelry tools please select the link below.

Making a Catch Jewelry Finding Step 9

 

 



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