There are many different types of clasps and closures that you can use to secure your jewelry. Some of the most popular ones are decorative clasps, hidden clasps, box clasps, lobster claw clasps, spring ring clasps, and toggle clasps. Of these different types of clasps, the toggle clasp is probably the easiest one to use. It consists of two parts: the hoop and the bar. Toggle clasps come in all sizes, shapes, and materials, although they are most commonly made of some sort of metal. This type of clasp is an excellent option if you want to add some personality and individuality to your bracelet, since it is very decorative compared with the other clasp types. It is also a good option for beginning jewelry-makers, since they are easy to install, and they do not require a lot of specialized tools and materials to attach them to your bracelet.
Here are some steps on how to attach a toggle clasp to your own home-made bracelet:
- Design your bracelet. The first step is to decide what you would like your bracelet to look like. You can go to a specialty crafts store to look at some beads and other embellishments that you could use for your bracelet; another option is to go online and find your supplies on online shops which you can have delivered directly to your home. Once you have a design in mind, buy the beads and embellishments that you need to carry out your design.
- Pick the toggle clasp. Like the beads, you will usually have a lot of options when it comes to selecting the toggle clasps that you will be using. Make sure that you pick a clasp that is the appropriate size and has a design that complements, and doesn’t clash with, your chosen beads and embellishments.
- Measure wrist size. Once you have all the materials ready, it is time to take your wrist size to determine the length of wire that you will be using. Take a tape measure and measure out your wrist size. Once you have the measurement, measure out the same length of jewelry wire, and cut it down to size, making sure to add 3 inches on each end of the wire.
- Attach the ring. Insert a crimp bead through one end of your jewelry wire. Get the hoop part of the toggle clasp and loop one end of your wire through the attachment ring, which is located at the bottom; insert the loose end of your jewelry wire into your crimp bead, and pull it until it is snug and tight.
- Install the beads. Once you have attached the ring toggle, you can proceed with assembling your bracelet according to the design that you had in mind. Make sure that you are able to insert the first bead as closely as possible onto the clasp, to ensure a good fit. You can now continue inserting the rest of your decorative beads until your design is complete. Insert the excess wire into the last 3 or 4 beads, and pull tight.
- Attach the bar. Holding one end of the bracelet tight in your hand, slide another crimp bead onto the loose end of the wire. Attach the bar part of the clasp, using the same method described above. Again, make sure that you are able to properly flatten the end bead before you tuck in the excess wire. Trim off whatever excess wire sticks out with a pair of pliers.
Make sure that your clasps are secure before you wear your bracelet.