Jewelry findings are those additional components that join the parts and pieces of your jewelry together, and connect different beads with each other . A beautifully made necklace or bracelet deserves to be finished off well. Always choose findings and clasps that will fit your jewelry piece in shape and style.
A clasp closes the end of a necklace or bracelet. The easiest way to finish off a necklace or bracelet is to use a clasp and jump ring. Crimps or calottes can be used to attach the jump ring and clasp. Clasps are essential jewelry findings for making necklaces and bracelets. Clasps come in different shapes and styles, here is a list of the most popular ones:
- hooks and cathes, you can make this yourself using wire
- bolt ring clasp, figure B
- lobster clasp, figure A
- toggle clasp, consist of a ring and toggle bar, figure C
- screw clasp
- box clasp
- barrel clasp
Jump rings are circular or oval rings that attach components of a jewelry piece together. You can either buy or make your own jump rings using wire. Jump rings come in different diameters, sizes and types of metal. There are two kinds of jump rings: open and closed rings. Open jump rings can open up to attach components together. Closed jump rings can be used for everything else where you don’t need to open the jump ring. Jump rings are very useful jewelry findings.
A headpin is a straight piece of wire with a small flattened knob at one end. Head pins are used to hold beads on the pin. The pin is then attached to a jewelry piece. Some bead holes are too big for head pins. First insert a small bead like a metal spacer bead onto the head pin before inserting the larger bead. Head pins are available in different lengths and types of wire. A head pin can be clipped shorter.
An eye pin is a piece of wire with a loop at one end. You can make your own eye pins with a basic wire method. I prefer making my own eye pins, because then I can choose the wire size I need for my project. Eye pins serve as links in a design.
Crimps are tiny beads and tubes that need to be flatten in order to hold beads on a string, or to attach a clasp to a string. If you’re making only a few designs with crimps then you can use flat or chain nose pliers, but if you’re intending to use crimps often then it’s worth investing in crimping pliers.
Calottes are also called bead tips, clamshells and necklace ends. Calottes are used to hide knots and crimp beads and also serve as connectors for clasps. Calottes can be broken easily when you open and close them too many times.
Bead caps are cup-shaped metal beads. They are used to showcase the bead or stone and give it a professional touch. When buying bead caps, make sure the caps will fit around the bead for they are sold in different sizes. Select smaller caps for smaller beads, and larger bead caps for larger beads. Bead caps are some of those jewelry findings you use to make your jewelry look more professional.
There is a range of ear wires including fish hook (French ear wires), lever back, ball posts, adjustable screw back clips, and different hoop ear wires. Fish hook ear wires are popular and fun to make. You can easily attach beads, pearls and crystals. Ear wires are essential jewelry findings when you are making earrings.
Coil crimps are also called leather spring coils. It is a coil of metal that fits over a string or thread. The last bit of the coil is flatten with flat or chain nose pliers to clamp it into the stringing material. A clasp is then attached to the coil crimp. Coil crimps are mostly used when working with suede and leather cords.
Bails are triangular shaped components that are used to attach larger beads and pendants to your chain, wire, cable or cord. Bails are useful jewelry findings, but you can use wire as an alternative to bails.
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