I like the ‘S’ clasp for a couple of reasons: it’s really easy to use even if you have poor eyes and aging hands, strong, adjustable on a chain in both directions…. When operated properly I have never had one break. They need to be pushed open ‘Side to Side’ and then ‘Wiggled’ closed nice and tight. I actually had a little card made with a photo on it and directions on it for the clasp ‘directions’ so that when I sell a chain to someone I have never met in person they can see how it works.
1.Cut a pile of 16 gauge round wire in 60mm lengths
2.Bend the wire in an ‘S’ shape as you like…..Their is a photo of the pilers I use but you can use a wooden dowel or even a pen to make the round shape. You can also file the ends of the wire to a point for a different look.
3.Roll the clasp through a rolling mill just enough to flatten the ‘S’ a little bit. You don’t want to squish them down too much or they lose their thickness and strength.
4.Anneal the clasps to a dull red with a torch and quench.
6.Reshape ‘S’. The rolling mill deforms the ‘S’ shape slightly so reshape it so the ‘S’ closes on to itself.
7.Put them on a stainless steel wire and toss in a tumbler for a couple hours until shiny.
Now you have a pile of clasps ready for any necklace or bracelet. You can even use the ‘S’ shape for dangling earrings.