| Step 1 |
Begin with a 3 inch piece of 18 gauge wire. Grasp the end of the wire with the round nose pliers.
| Step 2 |
Rotate the pliers to form a complete loop. This will be a small loop - use it at the end of your piece of jewelry.
| Step 3 |
Using the base of the round nose pliers, grasp the wire directly above the loop just made.
| Step 4 |
Pull the wire back, down and around the pliers until the wire touches the loop.
| Step 5 |
Use the wire cutters to cut the end of the wire off at about the point when it meets the small loop.
| Step 6 |
Then grasp the end of the wire with the tips of the round nose pliers.
| Step 7 |
Slightly bend the wire back. This will put a soft bend in the wire. This will finish off the hook.
| Step 8 |
Congratulations! You have made a simple hook clasp.
| Step 9 |
To harden the clasp without changing its shape, place the clasp on a steel bench block. Then use a nylon hammer or plastic mallet. Hammer the clasp several times.
| Step 10 |
To flatten the clasp, place the clasp on a steel bench block. Then use the flat side of a chasing hammer or a brass hammer. Hammer the clasp several times.
| Step 11 |
The clasp will also be hardened as well as being flattened. The loop of the clasp will open up slightly when hammered - close the loop just like you would close a jump ring.