Securing the Perimeter…The Art of the Clasp
August 12, 2013
Welcome to the reveal day for Love My Art Jewelry’s Boot Camp!
The topic this time was closure…or the art of “the clasp”.
So many lovely ways to add the finishing touch to your jewelry.
For this challenge, I wanted to try something new to me.
I’d seen a photo of these ingenious interlocking rings. So…
Starting with my trusty box of copper washers,
I chose two smallish ones.
A bit of a quandary as to how to the cut in the washer.
A jeweler’s saw would make quick work of it.
Oh, right…I don’t have a jeweler’s saw.
I do have heavy duty nippers, though.
But the washer is too thick at this point.
So, I took my hammer to the washer and flattened it to thin it out.
Then, the cutters did the the job just fine.
Next, I used the ball peen hammer to texture the washer.
An added benefit was that the spreading effect of hammering,
so the cut widened into a nice gap.
Filed both sides of the cut smooth.
One side done.
Flattened and textured the other copper washer.
Punched one hole in each with a metal punch pliers.
Oxidized and buffed.
Here’s the interlocking clasp in the finished necklace…
made with ceramic beads with seed bead as spacers.
I’m already thinking of ways to change this style of closure up
…larger size, embellish with beads, other metals or shapes…
Not quite sure I got the holes placed correctly
for a secure clasp structure on this first effort.
Where, oh where, should the opening slit of the one washer end up
when the clasp is in the closed position??
Meanwhile, I’m taking this necklace on a bit of a ‘joy ride’
to see how it behaves in real life.
Do please take your own joy ride over to
Love My Art Jewelry to see the other fabulous clasps and closures from this Boot Camp!