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Jewelry For All Seasons
Sometimes you just cannot find the clasp that you want, in either the size or the color. Making your own hook and eye clasp is easy; although the process looks as if it requires many steps, it is actually quite straightforward, and you will soon be making your own versions in all colors and sizes.

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  • How to make an earring hooks. Hook And Eye Clasps - Step 1
    Step 1

    How to make the eye

    Cut a 6in (150mm) length of wire. Fold in half
    around the larger part of the jaw of a pair of
    round-nose pliers and bring the wire ends back to
    make an O-shape.

  • How to make an earring hooks. Hook And Eye Clasps - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut one wire 1⁄4in (6mm) away from the loop
    and make a right-angle bend in the other longer
    wire at this point.

  • How to make an earring hooks. Hook And Eye Clasps - Step 3
    Step 3

    Make a smaller loop using round-nose pliers
    and then make several wraps around the two
    wires until you reach back to the first loop.

  • How to make an earring hooks. Hook And Eye Clasps - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut the wire using wire cutters and trim and
    tuck wire end in with chain-nose pliers.
    The eye part is now complete.

  • Step 5

    How to make the hook

    Cut a 6in (150mm) length of wire and straighten it
    by running it through the jaws of a pair of nylon jaw
    pliers. 2in (50mm) from the end, make a bend using
    round-nose pliers. Bend the wire right over until it
    forms a U-shape and squeeze the wire together.

  • Step 6

    Using the smallest diameter jaw (tip) of a pair
    of round-nose pliers, bend the U-shaped end
    over to make a small loop.

  • Step 7

    Turning the small loop end away from you and
    using the largest diameter of the jaw of the
    round-nose pliers (nearest the plier joints), make a
    large loop about 1⁄4in (6mm) below the small loop.

  • Step 8

    At the point where the shorter wire ends, make
    a right-angle bend in the longer wire using
    chain-nose pliers.

  • Step 9

    With round-nose pliers, make a loop and fold
    the wire back on itself to leave a tail.

  • Step 10

    Wrap the tail around, enclosing the short
    wire inside the loop and wrap several times.
    Cut any excess wire using wire cutters and tuck
    in the wire end using chain-nose pliers. The hook
    section of the clasp is now complete, and can be
    attached to the eye.

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