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  • Asia
    Asia on “Inner Fire”:
    “This is simple, LOL, not for me, it looks complicated, love it :D …” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very cool, very you :D …” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Thanks guys! Donnaleigh, for the "structure" I have been using 16 or 18 gauge wire, just…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “Thanks for all the comments!It doesn't show up in the pic...but they are both a violet…” read »

  • sweetjane
    sweetjane on “Briolettes”:
    “Thanks for all the lovely comments! It was just perfect timing that I had both the…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, you're so funny :) I'm sitting here now with a bunch of misc left-over beads in…” read »

  • kye
    kye on “Cross”:
    “I don't have any idea what technique you used to make this. I need to look…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Inner Fire”:
    “The inner fire is a terrific name for this luminous bracelet! I've tried a few…” read »

  • Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma on “Inner Fire”:
    “Lovely! I understand the inner fire! And this bracelet has captured it.…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Crystal, I love your work! I just suffer from a nearly nonexistent attention span! It's funny,…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “Love the bike!!! Maybe hand strength is my problem. :) You do a great job!!!…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inner Fire”:
    “The orange crystals captured inside the chainmaille depicts the spirit of Inner Fire. Nice interpretation…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very attractive! In the pictures, the Labradorite is flashing it's iridescence perfectly. The silk…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Cross”:
    “I really like this technique and the step-by-step instructions you gave on your post 'How to…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dedicated to Fresh Baked, Lynda”:
    “Nancy, this is another Beautie! Great color contrast--each color sings next to the other. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Khristin, I really like the combination of the pearls, labradorite, and copper--they just play so well…” read »

  • dollladysturg aka Pam
    dollladysturg aka Pam on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Lovely design! The silk shows off the copper and labradorite to it's best advantage.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, the composition in this necklace is very impressive--masterfully done! The beads are out-of-this-world gorgeous;…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Briolettes”:
    “This pair is striking! Awesome briolettes--and you have such a knack for finding the most…” read »

  • EPBCornell
    EPBCornell on “Cross”:
    “Is that stamped solder on the copper sheet metal? From design concept to execution, this is…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “No Two Are Alike”:
    “These turned out great! The addition of the silk is perfect. Very impressive pair!…” read »

  • A Rozmin
    A Rozmin on “Sand Flower”:
    “I always know that Monica's pieces will teach me somthing new. This piece is no exception.…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Cross”:
    “I have a saw and have not used since the workshop I bought it at. …” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “Copper Enigma”:
    “I like this. Nice feel.…” read »

  • Donnaleigh
    Donnaleigh on “Copper Enigma”:
    “Very cool design-love the intricate wirework with the silk. Lovely, eclectic, bohemian, all my favorites!…” read »

  • N Taylor
    N Taylor on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “I had no idea but right some professions would not be jewelery friendly. Your work…” read »

  • Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin on “Ocean Tribute”:
    “Hey Monica! I think you and everyone else is right! A trial run is a must!…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “Cross”:
    “I have those same shears. Asia, for tight corners you need a saw, at least…” read »

  • puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Asia, you have inspired me to dig out some of my lapis and give it a…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “" Goddess Maat "”:
    “Becky is right, I work in IR that means scrubs for 10 hrs. a day and…” read »

  • Asia
    Asia on “Cross”:
    “Beautiful, I love your solder work. I need to get a pair of those sheers. I…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Lovely Lavenders”:
    “I really like the different shades of purple and violet you've paired with the subdued, soft…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Inspired by Sarajo W”:
    “I remember those earrings! This is a lovely rendition of them--simple, but very elegant. …” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Seahorse bracelet”:
    “What a thoughtful gift. Your niece will just love the seahorse charm and the fun,…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Sand Flower”:
    “LOVE the name, LOVE the flower clasp, LOVE your ceramic beads, LOVE the versatility! Did…” read »

  • Maggies Mom
    Maggies Mom on “Cross”:
    “Beautifully done, and the necklace is perfect with it.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Recycled, re-designed”:
    “Monica, incredible work as always! I think I would love to join Becky and come…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Moon child”:
    “Love the balance between the moon and star. The blue wire and beads are perfect…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Wired butterflies”:
    “I really like the different colors of wire you used in this one.…” read »

  • Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary on “Dragonfly fly away”:
    “This is fantastic work! So beautiful--those beaded wings are amazing! You have a very…” read »

Question: Something Fishy about the Clasp

About this design:

I wanted to turn the 2 fish beads into a clasp... I should use thicker wire, but I only had 22ga w/ me and was itching to try it out.
I've seen Viking Knit bracelets ( as wellas some others) finished with hook-n-eye clasps, but I worry they will undo themselves and fall off.... what is your experience?


Picture 1: faceted dyed agate, antique copper base metal fish and stars, crystal rondelles, Cu wire. (Sorry the beaded part of the pic is dark - just a quick shot to get your input) Picture 2: cute baby kitten, 1 week old.

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Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I think with the right gauge wire, this works just fine. As long as there is not much room for the “loop” to pass through the space in the hook, and the hook is long enough, it shouldn’t easily come undone. These are gorgeous stones. I LOVE the fish beads, and I still want to drive over there for a kitten. :)

  2. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    The agate is gorgeous. And the fish are super cool .
    Sorry cant help w the clasp ?.

    I love the baby kitt! Yours or do you foster.?

    I’m waiting to get the call to foster some babies.
    Kitten season in jersey is getting a slow start w is a good thing.

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    E It will work, you need at least 18 gauge, 16 preferable and work harden all the curves, I’m only making my own clasps now, it is so much fun and a stress reliever. The stones are gorgeous, are they the caramel Agates? The kitty is so adorable!!! :D

  4. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Hey Asia – do you have book on metalworking or tutorials online?
    So much to learn… (for me) :)

  5. Zippy-Klunk
    Zippy-Klunk says:

    My two cents worth – I had a hook and eye bracelet that did keep falling off. I ended up bending the hook just past its self, sorta overbent, just enough to still be able to push the eye through. It seemed to work and then the whole thing came apart and ended up in the bead bin . . . love the fish!

  6. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    Very earthy and pretty. The fish are a great idea,and the copper goes well with the colors of the Agates.
    The little puddy tat is so sweet. He looks like he’s sayin his prayers. Awwwww :)

  7. Laud
    Laud says:

    All the critters (fish, kitty) are adorable. I think a hook clasp on a bracelet would work if the hook were narrow. Had trouble with cheap hook clasps on necklaces–I bought the twisty kind, which are a nightmare. (I’d be wearing a necklace and suddenly have it drop into my bra.)

  8. franny
    franny says:

    great to hear all the views on clasps as need to know to finish my UFO’s…..those agates look like some i got from LB; are they 18mms….like how the fishy clasp has one blowing a bubble & the other, err, on a hook…..& i’m in love with that cuddly kitty!!!

  9. Asia
    Asia says:

    Peggy, I only learn by trail and error, I’m new to beading and I like making my own components, there are some videos on the You Tube, just google what ever topic you are interested in, some are terrible others are great, a lot of beading companies have their own tutorials too, I really like them, the rest is up to You just keep trying :D

  10. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Well I have no.experience with hook clasp on bracelets at all. But I do love the look of this bracelet.
    Love the kitty also.
    LOL @ Laud. That can be annoying I know!

  11. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Thanks for your feedback!
    I had brought a few things to play with into the kitten room; didn’t want to hammer in there & disturb the little cat family. I’ll try w/heavier wire (and work hardening, of course) later, when I can tear myself away. Their eyes are starting to open!
    Peggy3, these are foster-cats; kitten season is off to robust early start here in Albany. The group I foster for has already gotten over 70 kittens!
    The agates are 10mm, dyed w/green & brown patches. (They came from elsewhere, didn’t have a cool name, just ‘cracked agate’) The crystals are 8mm, from LB.
    Franny, that’s the look I was aiming for: blowing bubbles!

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    An awesome design idea, Mary! Love the bubble & hook look!
    I’ve often wondered about hook closures and how well they stay secure. I see a lot of them on bracelets but am leery of them. Sounds like the jury is still out….hope to hear more comments on this issue.

  13. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love the bracelet, but can’t help much with the clasp!

  14. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    @ Asia. I can hardly can believe you new to beading ;) . Your work is beautiful. Thank you for your response. I watch videos as much as I can. My attention span is so short lately. I’m interested in learning a technique then see another one I want to learn. ha.. I must focus. haha
    Thanks again

  15. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Fyi – I do speak better ;) . i’m so bad at proofreading.

  16. Asia
    Asia says:

    Peggy, I totally understand, I want to do it all too, just not enough time in a day as my job is time demanding, there are certain things that I know that I will never be able to do like what Laud and Miannda are doing, treads are not my friends.

  17. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    So far, so good. I’ve only taken this off to sleep, and it has not unhooked itself. I do plan to re-do w/heavier wire eventually…
    One thing that I think contributes to its staying in place is the fact that it is not much bigger than my wrist – not so much room to ‘get into trouble’!

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