Are you asking yourself "what clasp should I use for my bead stringing project?" Find the answers here, with illustrations and links to jewelry-making findings and supplies! Get more how-to tips with our free guides to finishing methods and stringing materials for handmade jewelry.
Lightweight to Medium-Weight Strung Jewelry
Spring rings, lobster clasps, pearl clasps, or magnetic clasps work well for most light- to medium-weight necklaces and bracelets. Choose size of clasp according to weight: very light = small clasp, medium weight = medium clasp and so on.
For very light necklaces, use bead tips with these clasps. For heavier pieces and bracelets, use crimp beads. For leather and thicker cord, use coil ends or fold-over crimps.
Do not use bead tips for anklets, as anklets take a lot of abuse, and bead tips are designed for lighter wear.
Medium-Weight to Heavy-Weight Strung Jewelry
Toggle clasps, hook and eye clasps, and large lobster clasps work well for most medium to heavy necklaces and bracelets. Choose the size of your clasp according to weight: medium weight = medium clasp, heavy = large clasp.
To attach: Use crimp beads, coil ends, bullet ends or fold-over crimps.
Any clasp. Choose size of clasp according to weight: very light = small clasp, medium weight= medium clasp and so on.
To attach: Use bullet ends, cone ends, or multistrand necklace ends.
Any clasp. Choose size of clasp according to weight: very light = small clasp, medium weight = medium clasp and so on.
To attach: Use choker clamps or multistrand necklace ends.
Easy Finishing Methods For ...
Leather & Cotton Cord:
Adjuster beads work well with 1mm and 2mm leather cord and cotton cord. These two-hole beads are easy to use, and your customers will love their adjustable-length necklaces. Simply string two adjuster beads onto one end of the cord and tie a knot. Take the other end of your cord and string it through the second hole of both adjuster beads in the opposite direction of the first cord end. Give yourself one to two inches of slack, and tie a knot. The beads should "grip" the cord and make it possible for the wearer to slide the piece open and closed according to their needs.
String clam-shell bead tips onto silk cord or synthetics such as Super-Lon and Nymo. To help make a good-sized knot, tie a knot around a seed bead that sits in the "cup" of the bead tip. Dab a little glue on the bead for extra security, then close the bead tip over the knot and seed bead (basically push the shell closed).
Beading Wire (Stringing Cable)
Crimp beads are a great way to finish Beadalon and Tigertail. Just string on a crimp, make a loop with your beading wire, and put the end of the loop back through your crimp bead. Then, either flatten the crimp bead with flat-nose jewelry pliers, or use crimping pliers to create a smaller, rounded crimped bead.
For a more professional-looking finish, you may want to either cover the crimp bead with a crimp cover, or cover the stringing cable with French wire (bullion).