Learn popular methods for finishing necklaces and other handmade jewelry with end pieces, crimps, jump rings, split rings, knots and jewelry clasps. This page is a brief overview with links to more information. If the instructions aren't on the category page, please click into a product's details for more information. We've been in business since 1972, and making jewelry for most of those years... but every beader and stringer develops personal favorites. For more opinions and examples, you may also want to invest in a couple stringing and beading books, or beading and stringing magazines with good tutorials. Experiment to find the methods that work best for you!
Choosing clasps is a mixture of your own personal preference, as well as your customer type, and the size and weight of your jewelry:
- Customers with fading eyesight often prefer the size and ease of lobster clasps over spring rings.
- Toggles and hook-&-eye sets are easy to put on and take off, but are inappropriate for lightweight necklaces.
- The security of pearl clasps makes them a likely choice for expensive materials.
- Inexpensive spring rings remain popular for most jewelry.
For free tips on choosing cord or necklace wire, see Stringing Materials & Methods.
For more free tips, see our Updated Choosing Clasps & Finishing Methods
See below for illustrations of tricky parts of a few of the most popular stringing & finishing methods. (Click the titles for more information.)This page is under construction. Coming soon (ish): mobile-friendly design and new larger images.
A few of the most important knots for jewelry-making: