I have all sort of beads and components in my stash that could be used as clasps if they had a bar to go with then and a while back I adapted the wire macrame techniques I used for these earrings
to create some alternatives to the usual plain wire option.
This technique utilises simple macrame knots interspersed with small beads that can be adapted to match the component and give your clasps some individuality.
Here I use a half knot (spiral) with little etched beads to create this bar and added a jump ring to the centre by which it can be attached to a piece of jewellery.
This works fine but I really wanted to see if I could include the connection loop within the bar itself so this time I formed a loop in the centre of the core wire and instead of knotting from end to end as with the earrings I attached the wire through the loop and knotted from the centre out, wrapping the wire end over each other to finish.
This method takes a little bit longer but does create a slightly cleaner looking bar although personally I’d be happy to use either version.
For this one I used a square macrame knot again but this time gently curved the bar when I finished knotting to add a little something extra…
I think it makes a lovely focal closure for this beautiful ceramic element from Karen Totten
For this ceramic link component by Marla James
I used a spiral knot and teamed it with some lovely rustic faceted Czech glass beads to create an unusual clasp.
And finally, some simple seed beads add a little interest to a plain sheet bronze clasp – an idea that would translate easily to washers or large jump rings.
So it’s really quite easy to add a little extra interest to your jewellery designs with a few beads and a length of wire and if you don’t have any suitable components in your stash don’t worry – there are plenty out there to suit all tastes.