This wire clasp page features the different types of wire clasps, how to attach a clasp and also has tips about making one.
Types of Clasps Made with Wire
This first clasp is an S-hook. I have the S backwards in this picture, but you can still see the backwards S. This hook works with one or two jump rings. In the picture is an oval ring, but a round ring is also perfect.
This is another popular and strong clasp. This one becomes really strong when you hammer the round ends on both sides.
This is a big hook. This one can also work with a jump ring on both sides.
This one is a J-hook. Not a big mystery why it's called a J-hook. This one also works with one or two rings.
I call this one to the left a curly-J. This is just my name for it. It needs a larger ring for attaching because the curly part needs to fit through the ring.
Hook & Eye
This is a wrapped hook and eye clasp. It's also called an Egyptian clasp. It's very strong.
This is another wrapped hook that will work with any jump ring or wrapped loop.
You can buy all these clasps and you can also choose to make them yourself. When you buy clasps you are either buying real handmade-with-wire clasps or the clasps may be cast.
Attaching a Clasp
It’s really easy to attach a clasp even if you don’t have any wire jewelry skills.
You will probably have to learn to open and close a jump ring though.
You need two pliers that grip reasonably well. Say you have a chain nose pliers and a flat nose pliers. Then you are ready to go to the making jump rings page (2nd half of the page) to learn the technique and attach your clasp with a jump ring.
Learning to Make a Wire Clasp
Learning to make your own wire clasps is a very satisfying experience. It’s one of the first things that you can learn to make with wire. You can use it with wire jewelry, any other jewelry or bead project.
Harder wire gives you a more machined or hard kind of look, where bending with softer wire gives a more handmade look.
Make smaller clasps with thinner wire and use heavier gauge wire for bigger clasps.
Don’t stop at the traditional form. Be creative and make you own designs and add-ons.