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Jewellery Findings Guide (Five)

Here is a tutorial of sharing you the functions of different kinds of jewelry findings. Hope you will like it and continue reading it from here.

41. Torpedo Clasps

Also known as Barrel Clasps

Cylindrically shaped Torpedo Clasps either have a simple screw thread closure or are held together magnetically. They are ideal for graduated necklaces where a string of beads is reduced down towards the point of closure thereby giving a clean line to the finish point. Whilst giving a good level of security they are also relatively easy to open and close making them perfect for those that find other claspsdifficult or fiddly to use. Magnetic clasps should not be worn by those who are pregnant, uses a pacemaker, a pacemaker defibrillator, an insulin pump or an electric insulin device.

Jewellery Findings - Barrel Clasps, Torpedo Clasps, Screw Clasps

42. Trailer Hitch Clasps

Also called Ball and Socket Clasps, Button Clasps and Snap Clasps

Trailer Hitch Clasps are snap closures, so named because they function in a similar fashion to the coupling of a trailer and a car. One side of the clasp features a raised ball over which the ring element of the clasp is placed before being pushed down. An inner metal collar within the ring provides the secure closure as it passes over the ball. By design these clasps offer some lateral movement with the ring able to move horizontally within the clasp.

44. Trigger Clasps

Also described as Lobster Clasps and Parrot Clasps

Similar in function to spring ring clasps but with their own distinct shape, Trigger Clasps have a small spring closure which is opened and closed using a raised trigger on the outer surface of the clasp. When in the open position a suitably sized jump ring, loop or ring at the other end of the design can be placed within the clasp securing the bracelet or necklace. Because their design only allows the claw to open inwards they are a very secure option and perfect for heavier pieces. These popular clasps are also described as lobster clasps and parrot clasps, in the first instance for the action and shape of the closure resembling that of a lobsters claw and in the second for the overall shape of the clasp resembling this distinctive birds head.

Jewellery Findings - Trigger Clasps, Lobster Clasps, Parrot Clasps

45. COIL ENDS

Coil Ends are a simple metal bead manufactured using coiled wire and similar in appearance to a spring but with an end loop.


CONE ENDS

46. Also known as Bead Cones

Cone Ends are a metal cone shaped finding that are used to secure and cover the ends of several strands of beading.

Jewellery Findings - Bead Cones, Cone Ends

47. CONNECTORS & BRACELET LINKS

Jewellery Connectors or Jewellery Links are generally used to join the individual components of a piece together, although they can also be used as the centrepiece of a design. Most jewellery link findings or connector findings have loops at each end to attach jump rings, eye pins or jewellery wire, but openwork and filigree pieces are also used. These plain or decorative connectors can be used in a wide variety of jewellery pieces including bracelets, dangles, earrings, extenders, handmade chains, necklaces, as well as to provide links between wire wrapped beads.

 

48. CORD ENDS

Cord Ends are cylindrical findings designed to enclose the end of a round section cord or chain. Somecord ends, such as those made of coiled wire, need only be squeezed to secure the cord in position, others require the use of a suitable jewellery glue. The cord end provides a neat finish and allows the addition of a jump ring or clasp. Larger cord ends are essential for kumihimo work where multiple cords are to be brought together.

 

49. CRIMP BEADS & CRIMP TUBES

Crimp Beads or Crimp Tubes are tiny rounds or tubes of soft metal used to secure two loop ends of flexible beading wire, or other stringing material, to hold a bead strand, add a clasp, or to secure a floating bead on an illusion necklace. Once positioned they are crushed around the wire usingCrimping Pliers.

50.. CRIMP BEAD COVERS

Crimp bead covers are used to conceal crimp beads. They are placed centrally over the crimp beadand squeezed with a pair of pliers until the crimp bead cover is closed to bring that all important polished, professional finish to a jewellery design. Once closed crimp covers should look like regular metal beads.