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The Toggle Clasp, or Bar and Ring Clasps in Jewelry Making

I love toggle clasps. Toggle clasps, or bar and ring clasps as they're sometimes called, are one of the easiest types of clasps to put on, secure (at least, from falling off), sturdy, and did I mention easy to put on?

Why is easy important? Think of the men and women who wear your designs who have arthritic hands.

With so many desk jockeys typing away all day, more people suffer from joint and repetitive stress pain conditions than you think. For them, the only thing better than a toggle clasp is a long necklace that can go over the head without needing to fiddle with a clasp at all.

And since I specialized in necklaces for men, I encountered male customers who really a clasp easy for their large hands to manage.

What are other benefits of  toggle clasps? They look great and can be antiqued, patterned, and ornate. My absolute favorite toggle clasp is a Bali sterling silver version that is square, with twisted silver wire. They can be fancy or plain. The bigger the better, as far as I'm concerned.
Toggle clasps are a decorative detail in necklaces, adding beauty to function. And toggle clasps are about the only easy clasp to use in bracelets. If you've ever tried to fasten a lobster claw clasp one-handed, you know what I mean.

The one caution I'd give when using toggle clasps is to avoid flanking the bar side with large beads. Let about an inch of your strand have small beads that don't interfere with the backward bending of the bar as it slides into the ring.

So while lobster claw clasps are great for being secure and almost unnoticeable and box clasps are terrific for being discreet and hiding their hardware, toggles are everything you could ever want in a clasp. Toggles are in-your-face, primitive, sturdy, function, and gorgeous...the studliest of clasps.

Learn about other types of jewelry clasps.

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