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    As i didnt have a lot of time today i thought i would do a little to the bracelet i was working on at college. So i made some links and put them on (except for the end ones) havent soldered them yet, but what did occur to me was that i have not got a clasp for this bracelet. I really wanted it to be something i had made rather than shop bought, and i thought probably the easiest was a toggle. But as i hope you can see from the piccy (prays it works) its quite small and i dont want the clasp to overpower it. I am placing as i said before, a small cabuchon in the middle of the "bow" sections, and they are very tiny, so the overall appearance of the bracelet is delicate. I just wondered if you wouldnt mind giving me you opinion on a toggle and then, wondered if you had any ideas as to whether i could make one at home (and tell me how) or if i should wait til i go back to college at the end of september.

    If you feel i have a cheek asking if it would look right i completely understand.

    Also I want to put some tiny links around the double links and wondered if they will really need to be soldered as well as the double ones. I didnt make note of what solder i used to join the links on the ends of the bows and tears (daft I know) so i dont know whether to just use XE to be safe, as i know i didnt use that cos of it needing links in between, or whether i should use easy hoping i used hard originally, so that if i want to solder the tiny links onto the others, i can still use XE on them?

    Sorry i need to keep a diary of what i have done on ongoing projects so that this doesnt happen again. Lesson learned
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    i make my own toggles ( lampwork beaded bracelet in album ) much cheaper to do that then buy them ... your bracelet looks lovely su & look really nice with your own made toggle

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    Out of interest Julie - is that bracelet a variation on my tutorial in Beads and Beyond a few months ago? The toggle certainly looks like it is!

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    Don't use XE as it's not hallmark quality solder but you should be fine with easy
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    if you mean the silver jump ring & silver ball bracelet - yes great magazine to if you mean the lampwork one then no it's left over jumprings i soldered together
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    Yes, the captured ball one

    It's always lovely to see someone using one of my tutorials - I sometimes wonder whether they actually do or not!

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    Sorry, I never answered the original question!

    Su', I think a toggle might be a bit too much for such a pretty and delicate design. If you want to keep it entirely handmade, how about a hook and eye clasp, which could mirror the design of the tear sections? Made in doubled wire, it would also fit very well with the link rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Yes, the captured ball one

    It's always lovely to see someone using one of my tutorials - I sometimes wonder whether they actually do or not!
    i'm sure people do they buy the magazine for ideas & tutorials i like the bracelet very pretty but i do find i have to keep fixing it as it's a non-soldered bracelet or i'd be losing the balls

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    Oh dear! That shouldn't be happening. What temper did you use for the jump rings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    Oh dear! That shouldn't be happening. What temper did you use for the jump rings?
    i had to look it up it suggested soft & half hard ??? but i only use half hard at college i can put up with playing with it a bit, when i wear it everyone loves it & so do i ...

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