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    I would be interested to see magnetic clasps supplied with the magnet unfitted.
    That way the clasp can be soldered to a chain without the heat ruining the magnets.
    The magnets can be fitted afterwards with glue or drawing a metal bead up.

    I have found quite a few of the older generation like these claps as they are easier to handle with arthritic fingers, the weak point though is the unsoldered jump ring link to the chain.

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    I couldn't agree more... I found a tutorial on line which showed how to cover a conventional screw type fastener with pmc - which I thought was a brilliant idea...but it would work much better with a magnetic one! Somehow I don't think the magnet would be too happy cooking in a kiln...so a removable one would be just the job!!

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    Ahh so you'd be wanting some of Hattie Sandersons Maglettes then
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    Trust the Americans!! OK....COOKSONS.....WE WANT SOME OF THOSE....PLEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!

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    Have you tried them Nic?

    I've seen some, but have to admit I wasn't that impressed with the finish. I'd love to see what you could do with them

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    I saw them at the PMC conference but was put off because the mould uses that rigid plastic stuff...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Monster View Post
    the weak point though is the unsoldered jump ring link to the chain.
    Graeme, as a mailler, you know that an unsoldered jump ring needn't be a weak point - provided the AR is small enough and the wire is the right temper.

    It's also always worth bearing in mind that a jump ring can provide a nice safe break point in a piece - especially one using chain. Far better to repair a single ring than replace a whole length of snapped chain

    Have you tried protecting the magnetic element whilst soldering, or we talking very small clasps here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Graeme, as a mailler, you know that an unsoldered jump ring needn't be a weak point - provided the AR is small enough and the wire is the right temper.

    It's also always worth bearing in mind that a jump ring can provide a nice safe break point in a piece - especially one using chain. Far better to repair a single ring than replace a whole length of snapped chain

    Have you tried protecting the magnetic element whilst soldering, or we talking very small clasps here?
    I agree with you break point, but I tend to have it just away from the clasp, I find folk sometimes pull the clasp open by the chain near the clasp ( if you get my meaning) and hence open up the jump ring at that point, so I try to put a break chains a bit further away.

    I have tried variuos heat sink pastes and wet sand etc but the magnets used seem to be that neobydiumthingymajig stuff and are very delicate heat wise, a secondary problem with them is pickle destroys their finish and they rust quickly.

    cheers
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    Just a thought, but how about attaching them with either a split ring or small bolt ring instead? That would then avoid the heat problem altogether. I'm not normally a huge fan of split rings, but if they're small and discreet, they can serve a useful purpose. A bolt ring would also give the option to remove the magnetic clasp altogether for someone who can't use one (pacemaker, pregnant etc).

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    Bolt ring might work, also that would give the easy option to remove the clasp if tumble cleaning/polishing were to be undertaken. cheers.
    I have used those self locking jump rings in the past but they are a bit costly for the job they do.

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