Four Things You Should Know About Lobster Claw Clasps

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For anyone just getting started in the hobby of jewelry making, the sheer volume of terminology used can leave anyone feeling confused. A very important component used in most jewelry projects a lobster claw clasp is just one of the many terms they will hear. This item is also one of the most popular, and to clear up any mysteries, we will explain what you need to know about this indispensable jewelry component.

Defining The Lobster Claw

Most clasps used in jewelry making are named and defined by their form and use, makes for a visual definition that defies language barriers. The lobster claw is used for an entire line of jewelry clasps that are defined by having built in triggers that open and close, closely mimicking the crustacean’s action. They hold the two ends of a jewelry piece closed by locking the trigger onto either a link in a chain, or a jump ring. There are designs available in this handy line that can be used as a way to attach charms to a piece, or even be used as the centerpiece in an unconventional design.

Close, But Not Quite

Even with the definition we just gave you, it can still be difficult for newcomers to pick out a true lobster claw clasps from the many pieces out there that are strikingly similar. According to traditional design, this clasp should have a long and straight oval shape, with the trigger on the inside of the oval. Similarly shaped, but used for different styles are the many specialty clasps that reside within this fabulous line of closures. Each one is subtly different, so bear mentioning to avoid confusion.

Pelican clasps, for example, are the closest in shape to the lobster, but have their triggers on the outside of the loop. Balloon clasps are longer and thinner, while elephant clasps are wider. The heart clasp has an additional bend that makes it resemble its name, and finally, the cat clasp is smaller and narrower than the lobster.

Types Of Material Used

A good, quality lobster claw clasp will be made out of some kind of precious or semi-precious metal, because those seem to have the best levels of flexibility and tensile strength that such an item will need to have the best effect in a jewelry piece. Platinum, palladium, gold, gold-filled wire, silver, sterling silver, titanium, surgical steel, and lead-free brass are all used to make these clasps in the US, and will be clearly labeled as such.

Choosing The Best

As with all things, not everyone who will use these manufactured clasps will be happy with their use. In order to get the best use possible out of one of these, you must be careful to match its design to the size, appearance, and weight to the jewelry piece you are making. You don’t want to use a thin clasp if the beads are too heavy, or too thick of a clasp on a piece that is designed to be weightless.

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This article was published on 2013/07/23