Just starting to make bracelets?
Not sure how to make a closure for that cool piece you have just finished?
Well when I first strated making bracelets, I was somewhat challenged by trying to figure out a way to easily accomplish this task, so let me share with you one of the ways I do this.
There are many differnet ways to make a bracelet closure but when I am creating a strung bead bracelet, this is my go to technique.
How about we take a peek and see what you think...
Assemble your beads and bracelet elements
Tools: Cutters, flat nose pliers, round nose pliers
Wire: 26 gauge
Lobster Claw Closure
For this project I am taking 2 jump rings from a blue chain so I began by separating them into 2 individual rings. Just make sure your jump rings are large enough but not to large that your closure won't fit onto it.
I err on the side of caution and take a bit more wire than I know I will use. Here is a 12" piece of 26 gauge copper wire cut with my pliers.
Thread your wire through your jump ring, leave about 1" to wrap with.
Get as close to your jump ring as possible, then tightly wrap your wire around to form the one end of your bracelet. I like to use the messy wrapping technique because I go for a more organic look in my jewelry designs. When you get to the end of the wire, use your flat nose pliers to make a tight close.
String your beads onto your bracelet. I never really know what I'm making, generally I pull out beads and play around until I get something I like. I continue stringing the beads, and check for size against my own wrist. When I get to about 1" short of where I want it to fit, I stop stringing.
When I stop stringing, I thread the second jump ring through the wire as shown.
Just as you did with the first jump ring, begin to wrap your wire as closely and tightly to your jump ring as possible.
Again, I use the messy wrapping technique, then w ith my flat nose pliers, tighten the wire, tucking it out of sight
Open your jump ring then add your lobster claw closure, close your ring.
Now it is as simple as that to creat your closure, you can stop, or go on to add a bit more to your design.
I often like to include a dangle or two to my bracelets. Here I am adding a metal disk. Using a small section of chain, 4 links were removed. I opened one end of the chain, attached it to the metal dangle then closed the link.
The other end of the chain is opened and place on the jump ring that holds the lobster claw closure. Close jump ring.
Rather than leaving the metal disk plain, a little bit of gold Rub and Buff is added to both sides.
The gold is followed on both sides by a little splash of metallic blue from Inka.
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