Thursday, May 9, 2013
*Lobster Claw Clasp
*2 large jump rings (to match chain)
*needle nose pliers
*Lace covered chain set (Purchased from Michaels)
*Tip 1- Plan It Out* As with all jewelry designs I laid out the design on my bead board before I started doing anything. Had to try out different style gem stones to see which one matched best, as I did not buy any of the beads at the same time. This also includes making sure the clasp and clamp beads match the color pallet.
*Tip 2- Measure* Always measure for each project to make sure the lengths that fit best are correct. This is important when making items for other people. Once you have done them enough times you will know the required lengths and can skip this step.
*Tip 3 - Consider Material and Purpose* You must always be aware of the type of give and strength your supplies have or you could end up with breaks, scrapping, and no flexibility. Use large items if you think the smaller version will not allow for flexibility. (i.e. large jump rings over small/medium ones)
-Take a pair of needle nose pliers and open a jump ring. Slide the jump ring onto the end of the lobster claw clasp. Then slide both ends of the chain. Close the jump ring.
- Take a pair of needle nose pliers and open another jump ring. Slide the jump ring onto the ends of the other side. Then close the jump ring. This is what the lobster clasp will connect to.
-At this point everything should be connected and you have a finished bracelet.
Very simple project, as it was pretty much put together for you. I like finding these random items in the sale section, or clearance spots.