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A hook and catch clasp is
one of the more common findings used in making necklaces. These
instructions will describe how to make the hook portion of the clasp shown
at right. The
instructions for making the catch portion of this clasp can be found here.
Step 1: Cut a segment of 18 or 20 gauge wire 3 1/2 inches long.
Step 2: Make a loop in one end of this wire.
Step 3: Straighten this wire by pulling it through the jaws of your nylon jaw pliers.
Step 4: Position a 3/16" Super Peg and one regular metal peg as shown here. Place your initial loop in your wire on the regular metal peg and wrap the wire around the Super Peg as shown.
Step 5: Add a regular metal peg as shown and wrap the wire around this metal peg, then back around the Super Peg as shown. While wrapping the wire around the Super Peg, the wire should be on top of the prior wire segment. Be careful that your wire does not end up outside the prior wire segment.
Step 6: Now wrap the wire around the initial peg as shown. When removed from your jig, the wire should appear as shown at right.
Step 7: Insert your round nose pliers or preferably your step jaw pliers into the loops formed on the initial metal peg. Grasp and hold the wire tightly. While holding the wire component in your pliers wrap the wire tail around both wire segments as shown.
Step 8: Using your bent chain nose pliers, grasp the loop made on the second regular metal peg and twist it 90 degrees.
Step 9: Using your bent chain nose pliers grasp the loop about 1/8th inch from the end and bend it back about 30 to 45 degrees as shown.
Step 10: Working with the wire causes the hook to open up slightly. We need to try to restore the shape of the hook by placing it around your Super Peg and gently squeezing the two ends together. The completed hook should appear as shown at right.
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