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Jewellery Findings Guide (Four)

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31. Lobster Clasps

Also described as Parrot Clasps and Trigger Clasps

Similar in function to spring ring clasps but with their own distinct shape, Lobster 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. They are so named because of their resemblance to a lobsters claw.

32. Magnetic Clasps

Simple by function, Magnetic Clasps use discreetly placed magnets within a plain or decorative claspsetting. When the two ends are brought together the pull of the magnets ensures a secure, well aligned closure. With the magnets being small in size they can be incorporated in to all manner of designs. They are a very popular choice being so easy to put on and take off, but it is important to match the strength of the magnets to the weight of the design. 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.

33. Parrot Clasps

Also known as Lobster Clasps and Trigger Clasps

Similar in function to spring ring clasps but with their own distinct shape, Parrot 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. They are so named because of their resemblance to a parrots head.

34. Pearl Clasps

Also called Box Clasps

On one side of these Pearl Clasps there is a hinged closure, a push in sprung tongue, or a fish hook like bar. This element is pushed home, compressed and locked into the box or housing on the other side of the closure. Because traditionally they were used for higher end jewellery pieces, such as pearl necklaces, it is common for these clasps to have the added security of a safety catch to keep both elements together, often in the form of a figure of eight wire locking bar and pin. Over time the effectiveness of the sprung elements of these fasteners may be reduced but a simple remedy is to widen the hook or tongue so that it produces more tension when being pushed home. These decorative closures are of a classic design and bring vintage elegance to both single and multi string jewellery pieces.

35. S Hook Clasps

Similar in design to hook and eye clasps these closures consist of an S shaped element on one side of the piece that hooks into a circle or round opening on the other side. This means S Hook Clasps can be used directly with suitably sized chain links. They are perfect with heavier designs as the added weight ensures that gravity helps to keep the clasp closed. With a suitably gauged jewellery wire these clasps are very easy to fashion.

37. Safety Clasps & Safety Catches

Safety Clasps are usually reserved for expensive jewellery as their design incorporates more than one function to secure the closure on a bracelet or necklace. This can be in the form of a safety chain or a folding catch and pin.

Jewellery Findings - Clasp Safety Catch

38. Snap Clasps

Also described as Ball & Socket Clasps, Button Clasps, and Trailer Hitch Clasps

Snap Clasps are snap closures, with one side of the clasp featuring 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.

39. Spring Ring Clasps

These one piece Spring RIng Clasps are used to fasten a bracelet or a necklace. The clasp is held closed by a spring mechanism acting against a pin closure. A small lever is drawn back to open the clasp.

40. Toggle Clasps

Made up of two distinct halves, one is a ring and the other a bar, which to work effectively needs to be longer then the diameter of the ring. Toggle Clasps are easy to fasten with the bar simply pivoted through the ring and then flattened against it. Although a ring has been described, this element can be any open shape as long as it allows the bar to pass through it and the opening remains small enough to secure the bar in place. These easy to use clasps are a popular choice for necklaces and are available for both single and multi strand designs. In terms of variations in design this type of closure is the option that offers the widest range of shapes and decorative styles.



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 clasps difficult 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. Some cord 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 bead and 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.

51. CUFF LINK ACTIONS & CUFF LINK FINDINGS

Cuff Link Actions are the functional component in a cuff link closure. This hinged finding assembled allows the inside bar to be turned 90 degrees after inserting it through the button hole of a shirt cuff, thereby holding the cufflink on the cuff.