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Posted on Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:25 pm
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Does anyone have suggestions on where to get a large square, two strand clasp (about 20mm) for a chain maille bracelet? The bracelet is two-tone gold and stainless and quite substantial, so the clasp has to support that. The ends are straight and I don't want to taper them into a point for single strand clasps. Thank you for any help you may have!

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Posted on Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:46 pm
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Do you have some pictures? It might help.
I personally like to make my own findings. There are some nice articles on findings.
Is it a chainmail piece or another type of chain that needs clasps?
And is it for a necklace or bracelet (some findings don't work well for bracelets).

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Posted on Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:56 pm
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Fire Mountain has nice clasps. What you are looking for won't be cheap. Wink


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Posted on Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:51 pm
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It's a chain maille bracelet. It's basically three chains of Japanese overlay woven together. I would post a pic but I don't know how to do that here. I looked at fire mountain and didn't find what I thought would work. Etsy has some stuff but they aren't two stranded.

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Posted on Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:16 am
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I post pictures for the forum mostly on Photobucket.com but there are several sites you could use.
Then you can post it using BBCode
Also a picture of the clasp that almost works would be helpful.
Have you found the weave used in the chain on this site?
Japanese+Band or Japanese+Chain

If the chain is square a Box clasp might work.
Do you want to make the clasp yourself or just looking to buy one somewhere?

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Posted on Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:29 pm
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The bracelet is approximately 1 1/4 inches wide (or about 34 cm) if that helps. I don't have a kiln to make a clasp out of pmc clay or I would have done that. I don't know how else to make a clasp that large!

Here is the pic, I hope this works

Chain Maille Bracelet by aliciazim, on Flickr

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Posted on Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:02 pm
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It looks like Conundrum. 1 1/4 inch wide is about 3,1cm.

If you're making a clasp, Clasp for a Euro Pattern with stainless might work (as used here). Wire comes as thick as you need.
Or you could use two clasps on the outer rings, like lobster clasps or Simple Clasp.
That would be my solution.. Maybe others could help you with other ideas or if you're looking to buy one.
I don't know what skills you have in making such items or in fine jewelry smithing, no offence.

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Posted on Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:33 pm
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What about using two magnetic clasps? Magnetic clasps can be good for bracelets because they're easier to do up one-handed.


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Posted on Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:40 pm
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Yeah, the magnetic slider clasps are great for chainmaille because they come in different lengths, and they are quite streamlined-looking, which is great for flat weaves. and, as Kerravonsen said, they can be done up one-handed. You can get them in 2, 3 and 5 strand clasps.
Or I just discovered these ones at Fire Mountain: http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/H202953FY. They look interesting. Though they are sterling silver and not square, but close....


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Posted on Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:28 pm
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Or I just discovered these ones at Fire Mountain: http://www.firemountaingems.com/itemdetails/H202953FY. They look interesting. Though they are sterling silver and not square, but close....


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Posted on Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:32 pm
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Here:
http://www.firemountaingems.com/search/?Keywords=H202953FY
(or copy/paste the URL into the address bar and remove the period from the end before hitting enter)

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Posted on Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:58 pm
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You can also get a slide lock clasp of the right length and remove the loops that you don't want/need. Just twist them off, file a little, and *wammo*, a made-to-fit clasp. I've done this on occasion when I didn't feel like fabricating a clasp, or the materials didn't warrant my effort.

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