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Thread: can anyone recommend a book for making clasps with metalclay?

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    Default can anyone recommend a book for making clasps with metalclay?

    Hello,

    I am trying to make my own clasps but sofar the results are not satisfying at all. Has anyone a suggestion for a book? i am not the toggleclasptype.
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    What kind of clasp are you after making?

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    Metal clay really isnt the best medium for clasps - having said that Kate McKinnon did a book on
    Sculptural Metal Clay Jewelry (USA published) and that would be the perfect starting point
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    Thanks Nicola.
    I found the book on amazon. Also I got an idea on the site of MCA for a magnetic clasp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orestruck View Post
    What kind of clasp are you after making?
    I have not decided yet. Any suggestion?

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    I am a fan of "S" clasps, particularly in fine silver so they can be squeezed a bit for security. Hammered or flattened, balled ends or little fashioned motifs like arrowheads, cubes or tiny spirals.

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    I tried to edit my last post to add a pic it did not work so here goes again

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/12340604@N02/5547676619/

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    Like 's' clasps, and hooks and modified hooks - but not in fine silver. It just isn't strong enough. Even less so made from metal clay. The only obvious designs would be magnetic - you can buy kits and components for these (about half way down this page - http://www.hattiesanderson.com/HattieS-Products.html )

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    Well yes indeed as we all know a chain is only as strong as its weakest link but there are times when one hopes the stuff we make is not being worn while fixing mopeds, bricklaying and or sumo wrestling, there is a place for the most delicate of materials when making jewels.

    Of course there are some who will open their Faberge egg with a sharp rap from their sterling spoon no doubt :0)
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    Well Quant (I wish I could remember your name, it would be much more friendly)I do think you owe it to yourself and to your customers/recipients to make pieces fit for purpuse. Biker or bricklayer or neither, if the toddler on her lap makes a grab for it, as they do, you will be asked to mend it for free.

    Hope you are seeing signs of spring out there in France, Kind regards, Dennis.

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