I’ve been making my own clasps lately and I really like the look they give to otherwise generic-looking chain. The process of fabricating one is extremely simple, so I thought I’d post a little tutorial on it.
Tools & Materials:
18g sterling silver round wire
Cross lock tweezers
Round nose pliers
Rolling mill or hammer & metal block
Method of polishing
Making the clasp
1) Snip about 2 inches of wire using your metal shears.
3) Use your torch to melt a small ball on the end of the wire with the flux.
4) Hold the wire with your round nose pliers (close to the narrowest part of the pliers) right above the ball you’ve made. Curve the end of the wire so that the ball rests against the wire.
It will look like this:
Note: If you don’t have access to a rolling mill, you can complete this step by hammering the curve on a metal block. Marks left by the hammer can be smoothed with emery paper.
7) Trim the tail of the wire to your desired length. Using the narrowest part of the round nose pliers, curve a small bit of the tail outward and file it flat.
8) Lay a small bit of solder between your ball and the clasp and brush with flux.
10) Smooth all rough edges with emery paper or an emery stick.
11) Polish your clasp using your method of choice.
You now have a pretty little clasp! Add one jump ring to the looped end and attach it to your chain. Add a second jump ring to the other end of your chain and you’ll have your “eye” for the hook to go through.