Beaded clasps are the perfect alternative to a conventional shop-purchased finding. Have you ever designed the perfect necklace or bracelet and then wondered how to fasten it? Beaded Clasps, by Katie Dean, tells you everything you need to know and is packed with ideas and inspiration.
This book shows you how to create customised clasps for necklaces and bracelets. You will learn how to choose the correct type of clasp for your project, how to make a range of beaded clasps from seed beads and how to use these beaded clasps in projects, from the quirky and whimsical, to timeless elegance.
The book includes seven different beaded clasp designs made using Peyote stitch, Herringbone or Right Angle Weave, covering concealed magnetic clasps, toggle clasps and a hook and eye variation. You can adapt these designs to suit any item of jewellery you have made. It goes on to develop the basic ideas into ten projects to create unique pieces of jewellery. Every project is illustrated with step-by-step diagrams to accompany the clear instructions.
Katie also explores the function of clasps in design, guiding you through the process of choosing the best clasp for your project. The book explores how and when to use beaded clasps in place of traditional metal clasps. It also looks at how to use beaded clasps to create your own unique identity as a designer and how to incorporate a clasp into your design. Should your clasp provide the focal point of your design, or sit discreetly within it? What about positioning your clasp? – tucked away at the back doesn’t have to be the only option!
There are more photos from inside the book on my Pinterest board, Beaded Clasps. If you would like to buy the e-version of Beaded Clasps, it is available here, priced at £11.99. If the stocks of the print version have sold out here, you can also buy copies from the publisher by following this link.