Hello All, I am having 3 problems fabricating a box clasp for a
bracelet that I have dreamed up, and would appreciate any help you
all have to offer.
Problem #1: I am not sure if I am going about the construction in
the right order/ manner
Problem #2: I am unable to maintain “springy-ness” (hardened) to the
tongue, as it is soldered (and annealed) 3 times during
solder top of clasp to sides of clasp
solder tongue to bottom of clasp (#1)
bend tongue to achieve proper alighment with other half of clasp
solder oval prong head to top of tongue, again achieving proper
alignment, with the top pattern of the clasp. (#2)
solder top half of clasp to bottom of clasp. (#3)
(please feel free to correct me at any time!!!)
I am currently working in sterling silver, but I want to finally
construct in a way that this can ultimately be rubber-molded, and
perhaps cast in 18k.
The clasp: A north/ south rectangle, two mirror-image halves.
(height=24 mm, width= 20 mm total, 10 mm each halve) (The large clasp
size was determined by the need to accommodate 6 strands of small
The bead and bright, and pierced patterns on top of the clasp are
coordinated with the front oval piece for the bracelet. (the tongue
must remain “hidden from view” when the clasp is viewed from above)
The tongue (6 mm wide) sticks out of one half, and goes "click"
into the other half.
The tongue will have a prong head for a 4x6 oval soldered (?) on
top, which will stick up and be integrated into the top pattern on
the clasp. It will “straddle” the gap between the 2 halves of the
This prong head will be the “button” that will be pushed down to
disengage the clasp.
I find it difficult to hammer and “work- harden” the tongue after it
has been bent, but I feel I need to bend to get alignment. (Am I
constructing in the right order?)
I read somewhere (but now cannot remember where) that one can also
"heat- harden" metal.
I would like to know how to do this as well, for future reference,
as I do not currently own any kind of kiln.
Problem #3: I don’t know if i can mold the tongue half of the clasp
with the tongue bent, or if it needs to be straight (for wax
removal)…but I feel that I have to bend the tongue eventually,
in order to check/ get a precise “fit” or alignment of the oval,
with the center of the pattern on the top of the clasp. The oval
"straddles" the gap between the two halves of the clasp.
(Would you believe me if I told you I have been using the “trial and
error method” on this project since June?)
(In a moment of frustration, I did look for ready- made clasps, but
could not find one that was the right size for the number of strands
that I was using, or one that would coordinate well with the front
Thank You in advance!