Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bead Vocabulary 101 - Clasps

All good jewelry must come to an end, and what you put on the ends makes all the difference.  I want to show examples of the clasps I use.
a.  These clasps are called bar and ring toggles.  They are easy to fasten than traditional clasps, and are handmade in Bali.  Bali silver is .925 sterling silver, which means that it is 92.5% silver, and 7.5% copper, which makes the silver stronger than pure silver.

b.  These clasps are called s-hooks.  Again, they are made in Bali, and fasten more securely than toggles.

c.  These are bar and ring toggles, put have extra circles for multiple strands.

d.  These are slide locks for multiple strands, and they fasten securely.

e.  Lobster claws are a more traditional clasp, and fasten securely.

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