The S-Hook clasp has been around since antiquity and is one of the easiest clasps to make. With a minimal of tools, you can create custom S-Hooks and give your pieces a unique, handmade appeal . . .
- Wire (gauge depends on the desired size and effect of the clasp but you should practice by making bigger ones first, so 18 gauge is a good starting point)
- Raw hide mallet
- Chasing hammer
- Steel hammering block
Now watch this excellent video from Art Jewelry Magazine.
Ok. So you’ve made the S-Hook. But it’s not a clasp until you make the jump ring that will go on the other side. Making jump rings is a simple procedure requiring, really, only three tools. Remember that the jump ring has to fit through the S-Hook you’ve just made, so choose wire gauge and dowel size accordingly.
- Round dowels (pens, sharpies, etc. will do the trick)
- Wire clippers
Now, watch this video by FaveCrafts.com:
It’s that simple, folks! Make your own S-Hook Clasps this weekend!
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