Wrapped Toggle Clasp
Learn to Make this Toggle Clasp
This clasp is an excellent choice for both necklaces and bracelets.
Toggle clasps are easy to open and close with one hand. These clasps make an excellent clasp choice for a bracelet. I designed this particular one for my Wrapped Bead Bracelet Tutorial design.
You can make these in just about any thickness of wire. You want it sturdy enough to keep its shape. Choose a gauge that coördinates with the size of the main loop on your beads.
Contains full color photographs and text for each step. Just print those pages that you want to have at hand while you work.
I use 16 gauge wire in the step by step example. You can make yours smaller and use a smaller gauge of wire.
The unwrapped version is for beginners or if you want a more streamlined look. The tutorial also has more steps for more experienced wire workers.
See the gallery below for more photos and variations. Click on any image to enlarge. This tutorial contains over 22 pages with 40 step by step full color photos. The photos are high-resolution. You can magnify them with clarity. This one is also easily followed if you print it in black and white. You do not need to print all of the pages! I recommend looking it over and then printing the few pages that you will really need to complete the project.
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- 1 ½ foot 16 gauge (or 18 gauge) dead soft wire. Copper or Sterling Silver are my favorites. You can also use bronze, silver filled or gold filled. Alternatives are different gauges as discussed in the introduction.
- 24 or 26 gauge wire for wrapping the clasp (optional)
- Round Nose pliers
- Flat nose or chain nose pliers
- Flush wire cutter
- Any larger mandrel (18mm in my example). You can use anything round (like a magic marker)
- Chasing Hammer (optional)
- Anvil (optional)