Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Fastenings -- Jewelry Making Basics # 4

Fastenings -- Jewelry Making Basics # 4

Fastenings though little visible in your jewelry, but are a very important piece. Without these your jewelry will be incomplete. There is an endless variety of fastenings that you can pick from. The above picture also shows the different types of fastenings available, though not limited to only these. Here, in this post we will discuss the most commonly used ones. So lets start with..

Magnetic Clasps

Below picture shows you some of the commonly used magnetic clasps.

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Magnetic clasps now come in various shapes, sizes and designs. Even materials (apart from the magnetic feature) varies. You can buy these in sterling silver, gold or commonly used materials like brass, nickel, etc. 

These clasps work well with fiber and are easy to use. Avoid using these for heavier necklaces. 


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These too come in complimentary pairs like most of the other fastenings. One side is the ring and other side is the bar to push through it. Readily available in several metals, finishes and sizes, toggles can be old or new, of various materials, and can match the color of your fiber. They can also make a statement carrying the theme of your necklace.

In place of the standard toggle, you can use a flat button or disc bead on one side and a loop of knotted fiber on the other to catch the bead like a buttonhole. You can also use buttons with shanks. Buttons come in a variety of colors, as well as silver, gold, and pewter. 

Polymer Clay

Not only beads, but you can use polymer clay to make toggle clasps too. Its easy to use polymer clay to make a matching button, bead or even a fetish. There are various ways in which you can use polymer clay for instance you can even make a tag with your name on it. The other advantage is if you don't have the matching color, then you can paint the polymer clay fastenings.

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