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Hook & Catch - Beginners

Beginner's Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Finding

Instructions for beginners to jewelry making on how to make a hook and clasp finding out of jewelry wire, using the WigJig Jewelry Making Tool.

This jewelry making project will provide directions for making the Beginner's Hook and Catch Clasp shown at right.  This hook and catch clasp is a beginners project and is suitable for anyone who can make a loop and follow our instructions. 

The hook and catch clasp shown below is an advanced beginners project and is suitable for anyone who has experiencing making wire components that involve wrapping wire around itself.  Please select here to view our free instructions for making the Advanced Beginner's Hook and Catch Clasp out of jewelry wire.

Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Project

Both clasps are roughly the same size.  Both clasps are suitable for use in a necklace or bracelet, although when used in a bracelet, some people may want to incorporate a guard chain to ensure that the bracelet won't come off.  Given the choice, we like to use the advanced beginner's clasp shown above rather than the beginner's clasp for the simple reason that by wrapping the wire tail around the component, the shape of the component is slightly more permanent. 

Both clasps can be made using any of our WigJig jewelry tools, but the two clasps shown here were actually made on our WigJig Delphi jewelry tool.  Making the catch for the clasp requires the use of a 3/16" Super Peg for the jewelry making jig you are using.  Our instructions for making the beginner's clasp begin in the next section. 

 

Jewelry Making Supplies

Jewelry Tools Required

  • 7 inches of 20 gauge round, preferably 1/2 hard jewelry wire.
  • Flush cutter 
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bent chain nose pliers (2)
  • Nylon jaw pliers
  • Fine Step Jaw Pliers
  • Any WigJig Jewelry Making Tool
  • One 3/16" Super Peg for your jewelry making jig
  • Ruler
  • 20 minutes of free time

Jewelry Making Skills Required:

Beginner's Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Finding Step 1 showing peg pattern on WigJig jewelry tool.Step-by-Step Instructions for Making the Beginner's Hook and Catch Clasp out of jewelry wire:

The peg pattern for the beginner's clasp is shown at right.  Pegs 1, 2 and 3 are regular metal pegs for the WigJig jewelry tool.  Peg 4 is a 3/16" Super Peg for the jewelry making jig. 

Step 1:  Using your Flush Cutter cut two segments of 20 gauge jewelry wire, one 2 3/4" long and one 2" long.

Step 2:  Using your round nose pliers, or preferably your fine step jaw pliers, make a loop in the end of each jewelry wire segment with the flat cut.  The loop should be the size of the peg in your jig. 

Step 3:  Holding a wire segment by the loop you just made, straighten the jewelry wire by pulling it repeatedly through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.  Do this for both wire segments.  Instructions for straightening jewelry wire can be found here.

Step 4:  Position the beginning loop from the longer jewelry wire segment on peg 1 in the pattern on your WigJig jewelry tool as shown above.  Position the beginning loop from the shorter jewelry wire segment on peg 3 as shown above-right. 

Step 5:  Now wrap the jewelry wire around the peg as shown below-left.  Push the jewelry wire until it will remain in the position shown with no pressure applied.  This will require you to push the wire slightly beyond its final position and allow it to relax back into this position by removing your grip from the wire.  

Step 6:  We finish our use of the WigJig jewelry tool by wrapping the jewelry wire around peg 1 or 3 as shown below right.  Try to wrap the wire tightly around the peg. 

Step 5 to Two Jewelry Wire Clasps Jewerly Making Project showing jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools. Step 6 to Two Jewelry Wire Clasps Jewelry Making Project showing WigJig jewelry tools used to shape jewelry wire.
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Step 7:  Remove both jewelry wire components from the jewelry making jig.  At this point your two jewelry wire components should appear as shown below-left.

Step 8:  Cut the excess jewelry wire on both components using your flush cutter then close that loop using your bent chain nose pliers.  You can find instructions for closing a loop here.  At this point the catch portion of the clasp is finished.  The catch is the jewelry wire component that was made using the 3/16" Super Peg.  Set that component aside and our instructions will continue with how to complete the hook portion.

Step 9:  We need to bend each of the loops in the hook wire component 90 degrees.  Bend one of the loops 90 degrees clockwise and the other 90 degrees counter-clockwise.  Grip the jewelry wire component by the 180 degree bend made on peg 2 while making these 90 degree bends.  When you have completed both 90 degree bends the wire component should appear as shown below-right.  Please note that both loops are superimposed when viewed from above. 

Beginner's Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Finding Step 7 showing jewelry wire after removal from WigJig jewelry tools.


Step 8 to Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire shaped by common jewelry tools.




Step 9 to Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire shaped by common jewelry tools.
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Step 10:  At this point we need to grasp the jewelry wire component about 1/8" from the end and bend the wire about 45%.  After completing this bend your wire component should appear as shown below- left. 

Step 11:  We need to make a second 45 degree bend in the jewelry wire component also using our bent chain nose pliers.  We make this second 45% bend about 3/16" from the beginning and ending loops.  Once you have completed this bend, the wire component should appear as shown below-center.  

Step 12:  To finish the hook, you use your fine step jaw pliers on the second step and bend the jewelry wire component around the second step of the pliers to form the hook.  When completed the hook should appear as shown below-right. 



Step 10 to Jewelry Wire Clasps Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry tools used to shape jewelry wire.

Step 11 to Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Wire Project showing jewelry making tools used to shape jewelry wire.

Step 12 to Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Project showing jewelry wire after shaping by jewelry tools.
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Step 13:  Many people will be satisfied with the shape of the hook as shown in step 12.  For those people you are done.  Some people will want to change the shape of the hook slightly as shown below.  Functionally, what we will do is to turn both of the loops in the hook from "P" loops to eye loops.  This is done with your round nose pliers.  You can view instructions on how to make an eye loop from "P" loop.  For this hook wire component, you can do this on both loops at the same time. 

Step 13 to Beginner's Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Finding showing final shape of jewelry wire component.


Finished Beginner's Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Project
Step 13 Finished Clasp

Step 14:  You are now ready to use your Beginner's Jewelry Wire Clasp in a necklace or bracelet.  You can view the finished clasp above-right (without optional step 13). 

This clasp should be strong enough for almost all necklace and bracelet applications.
 



Advanced Beginner's Jewelry Wire Clasp Jewelry Making Project

Alternative design for making a hook and catch using jewelry wire shaped on WigJig jewelry tools:

We also provide directions for a clasp that is slightly more difficult to make and may be slightly stronger.  You can view this hook and catch clasp at right.  This clasp is an advanced beginner's project simply because it requires wrapping wire around the two wire components to make the shape more permanent.  Please select the picture at right to view our free instructions for making the Advanced Beginner's Clasp.  

 

Summary of instructions for making clasp findings:

We frequently make our own clasp findings because we rarely plan ahead adequately and don't have a nice clasp available when we complete a necklace or bracelet making project.  The nice aspect about making your own handmade clasp is that you can match the jewelry wire used in the rest of your necklace or bracelet making project.  Personally, we prefer the advanced hook and catch project shown above, but for a beginner, we recommend sticking with the simpler hook and catch design described above.  If you would like to view more instructions in making handmade claspes out of jewelry wire using WigJig jewelry tools please select the link below.

 

 

 



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