Friday, May 8, 2015

Make Your Own Wire Hook and Eye Clasp, Tutorial Part 2, The Eye

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Now we make the second piece, the Eye, which is actually two eyes, one eye to attach to your necklace, and one to be grasped by your hook.
Since the beginning is exactly like the first step on making the hook end of the clasp, no need to repeat those instructions. The only change is the length of wire. For the Eye piece, cut only 13 cm of wire, and make your bend at 5 cm. This time, the bend should be about 45 degrees so that you can start the second eye, leaving a little bare wire to wrap on the shaft.
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As before, you can use the wide end of the round-nose pliers as a guide for the eye (wrap around the shaft)
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I learned the hard, so will say, it’s important that if your first eye is wrapped with the end of the wire lying across the eye, the second eye needs to be same or the ends will be impossible to line up nicely. Wrap your extra wire around the shaft just as before, clip off the extra length, and use the flat nose pliers to tidy things up (pinch coils together, pinch in the snipped ends).
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Tada, finished, handmade by me (or you) matching hook and eye clasp ready to attach to just about anything made of 100percent pure copper. I love copper.

Blog hi-jack over. Sorry, no art or musings today. While making these doesn't take too long, learning how to, and documenting the process, well, that was a chore, but hopefully saves much time in the long run.

3 comments:

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

very helpful :D haven't made these for years and even then I would usually give up and just go buy some lol

Rolina said...

Wow, great tutorials - thank you, I will try this!

Cyd said...

Great tutorials!

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