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Topics: Clasps, Plated and Precious Metal

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I am trying to understand the difference of quality and longevity when using gold plated or gold filled clasps; also silver, or nickel. I think there must be many versions of gold plated as some tend to wear off immediately and others last. I am not making expensive pieces yet but I would like to use good quality clasps that last. What do you recommend and how do I recognize good from bad. I live in China and feel very unsure even when they tell me its good; price is not always the indicator!
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Topics: Chain twisting

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Hello, I am trying to put together pieces using sterling links and single to double sterling chain but the links flip over and the lengths of chain twist around each other...any suggestions how to solve these problems? The chain is doubled off side. Thanks so much for your response.
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Topics: Clasps, Magnetic

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Is it possible to attach a heavy-duty magnetic tube clasp to a chain necklace? Could I use a headpin with a bead for the inside then make a loop with the remaining headpin to attach the chain on the outside?
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Topics: Securing Lobster Claw Clasps

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I have been using closed (soldered) sterling silver jumprings in combination with lobster claw clasps instead of the small rings that are often included with the lobster claws. I am unable to pull the rings apart with force but still worry that this is not the most effective and safe closure. Any comments as to whether this is a good combination, or any other suggestions?
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Topics: Design, Lengthening

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OOPS! Should have tried on the choker I was making before I added the bar/ring toggle, crimped, and cut the wire--it is too tight! Any suggestions for "extending" the length of a necklace without removing the toggle? I'd hate to re-string it as it was a very intricate (time-consuming) project. Next time, I'll measure twice, cut once!
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Topics: Metal Beads, Rajasthani Silver

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Hi, I received a bunch of Bali toggles and I was looking at the ones you all have...I am beginning to wonder if the ones I got are real Bali. Do you know how I can tell?
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Topics: Designing, Multi-strand

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How do I go from 2 strands of beads at the back of a necklace to 1 strand in the front?
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Topics: Beading, Beading Wire, Findings

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How is a screw type barrel clasp attached to beading wire?
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Topics: Findings, Clasps

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I have a beautiful old clasp that was used for multi (3) strands. How can I adapt this to a 2 strand necklace?
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Topics: Clasp, Toggle

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When adding a toggle, do you need to add extra jumprings and if so should they be equal on both sides?
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Topics: Clasp, Toggle

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What's the trick to using a toggle clasp on a bracelet? Every time I use a toggle clasp on a bracelet, it is almost impossible to get the toggle through the loop to connect. What am I doing wrong?
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Topics: Clasp, Magnetic

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When using a magnetic clasp, I always have trouble keeping the clasp from attaching itself magnetically to my crimping pliers. This makes crimping difficult. Do you have any suggestions for keeping the magnet away from the pliers?
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Topics: Fold-Over Clasp

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How do you attach a fold clasp to beading wire?
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Topics: Clasp, Silk Cording

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What type of clasp should be used with natural silk cord?
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Topics: Clasps, design

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What factors should I consider when choosing a clasp for my jewelry design?
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Topics: Finishing, Decorative Clasps

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What type of clasp, preferably precious metal, do you recommend for 15-16mm pearls? I'd like to evoke a South Seas flavor.
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Topics: Finishing with a Toggle

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What is the best way to finish a necklace in the back using a toggle clasp?
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Topics: Multi-Strand Twisted Necklace Design Options

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When twisting strands together, I always have trouble keeping them tightly twisted when I am adding the clasp. Any suggestions?
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Topics: Replacing A Magnetic Clasp

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What can I do when I have already used a magnetic clasp on my necklace but then the magnetic clasp does not hold anymore and the necklace opens? I hate to have to restring...
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Topics: Badge and Glasses Hanger Charms

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Where can I find the charm from which to hang badges or glasses?
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