The topic of this week's class was simple clasps and chain. First we learned to make jump rings in various ways, including sawing wire coils and using a jump ring maker. We fused a batch of the smaller rings and squashed them gently into ovals. Then we assembled the chain with heavier round links that were soldered. We added a heavy ring and toggle bar with ball ends, both with soldered jump rings.
|Argentium chain link bracelet|
double oval fused links alternating with single round soldered links
Afterwards, we moved on to forming wire into a simple S clasp and pendant enhancer, both in heavy 14 gauge wire which made them more difficult to form than my usual lighter weight experience. I particularly enjoyed the interlocking C ring clasp, which was actually quick and easy to make once you know the trick.
|Argentium S hook, pendant enhancer &|
interlocking C-ring clasp
|drawn Argentium tubing|
|Argentium bayonet clasp made from|
drawn tubing and split wire