Monday, August 16, 2010


Often when I'm designing a necklace or bracelet, I spend just as much time designing as I do looking for the perfect clasp. To me, a clasp is more than a functional device; it's an integral part of the piece, whether or not it's in view. I go out of my way to find interesting ones in a variety of styles, sizes and materials. I've spend as much as $50 for a clasp I couldn't live without. Some I find them at trade shows, and others at online stores. And I love discovering things in little bead shops whenever I'm traveling.

My favorite are box clasps made with vintage buttons or intaglios. Box clasps are two-piece clasps that open when you push down on the exterior lever of a wedge-shaped piece of metal (tongue), compressing it so that it slides out of the opening. Push it back in the groove and it clicks into place.

I also love to use toggle clasps. One section of the clasp is formed into a circle or other shape with an open center. The other half is a thick bar that attaches to the components at the other end. When you insert the "T" into the circle extends past the circle's edges to hold the jewelry in place.


allhorsestuff said...

You are an artisian. I love your beautiful wares, creatively crafted. Unique always,Tara.
I would love to purchase...1 of each!
:-) KAC

Vera said...

Oh I can see why you think of clasps that way, those are all so unique and pretty :) true beauty and function!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

What a lovely collection of clasps! You incorporate them beautifully into each of the bracelets - they really sing!

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Fine Estate Jewelry said...

Those are really amazing clasp, great work of art, those are so unique and simple. I like to flaunt these type of clasps.

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