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Coil Clasp: A Tube Clasp for Maillers
Article © MAIL User: Talia
As this clasp is crafted by hand by the artisan, with a few simple adjustments, it can be custom-fit for any particular project. The clasp in this tutorial is made from 1.3mm dead soft copper. The finished height is 21mm, 13.5mm wide (will add 13.5mm to the overall length of the item) and the outer diameter of the coil is 7.2mm. To create the Coil Clasp pictured, you will need:
- One 10” length of 1.3mm (16g AWG) copper
- One 5” length of 1.3mm copper
- A 4mm mandrel
- A 2mm mandrel
- Round Nose Pliers
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Wire Cutters
- A fine-tip, black, permanent marker
| || Start with the 10” wire and 4mm mandrel. Holding the mandrel against the wire, halfway between the ends, wrap each side of the wire around the mandrel twice, creating four coils in the center of the |
| || Place and hold the 2mm mandrel on top of the center of the coil and give each side two more wraps around both mandrels. This creates both the points of connection for the coiled side of the clasp and |
the areas the slide hook will lock into.
| || Retract the 2mm mandrel far enough that you can wrap a couple more coils, but leave the mandrel far enough inside the tall coil that the point is not pulled out of shape as you work.|
| || And then repeat for the other side.|
| || Trim the ends of the coil to suit your needs.|
| || Using your round nose pliers, turn a loop on one end of the 5” length of wire. Lay it next to the coil so that the apex of the top ring lines up with the top connectors on the coil. Mark your wire |
where it lines up with the bottom connector.
| || Grasp the mark between the jaws of your round nose pliers. Using the top jaw as if it were a mandrel, wrap the wire around the jaw, repositioning as needed, so that once the loop is complete, the wire |
crosses at the mark.
| || Line the loops up with the coil and make adjustments as needed.|
| || Now, lining the coil and the loops up back to back, mark the wire above the coil. Estimating the length of about two wire diameters should give you a good spot.|
| || Again, clasping the mark between the jaws of the round nose pliers, this time bend both sides down, forming a U-shape with the apex at the center.|
Line the wire up with the coil again and place another mark on the wire just below the bottom of the coil.
| || Bend another U-shape.|
Line the wire up with the coil on its connecting side and mark the wire at the bottom of the first connector.
| || With your tips of your chain nose pliers, grasp the wire right above (toward the working end) the mark and make a 45 degree bend away from the loops.|
| || Without letting go, bend the working end of the wire back toward the loops at a 90 degree angle.|
| || Grasp the wire in the tips of the chain nose pliers again, as close to the 90 degree bend as you can, and bend the working wire back out 45 degrees.|
When the clasp is finished, this bump will slide into the hole created by the two raised coils, locking the slide hook into place.
| || Line up the apex of the 90 degree bend with the bottom connector and mark the bottom of the upper connector on your wire.|
| || Following the same three steps as for the first bump, complete another 45-90-45 bump.|
| || Lining the bumps on the slide hook up with the connectors on the coil, mark the working wire about 3/8 to ¼” above the top of the coil. Use your cutters to trim the end off.|
| || Grasping the second U-bend in the jaws of your chain nose pliers, pinch to tighten the U. At this point, do not tighten all the way. A final adjustment will be made during fitting.|
| || Tighten the first U-bend in the same manner, however, here you will want the distance between the legs of the U to be slightly larger than your wire diameter.|
| || Turn a loop at the unfinished end. Markings can be removed with rubbing alcohol. Slide the clasp together for fitting.|
| || Your finished clasp!|
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