Jewelry-Makers! How to put clasp on ball chain??
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I've never used ball chain, and now that I want to, I don't know how to put a clasp on it! I know they come with the little thing you can push the last ball into:
But I have this cute, small ball chain I want to use and it's almost impossible to try to put on a necklace with a ball chain connector that tiny.
Anyone know of any other ways to attach a clasp to this chain?
Posted at 4:24 pm Jun 25, 2009 EDT
I use the little ends that you have linked to in your post with my sterling ball chain. Jump rings can be soldered onto the ends of the ball chain (assuming it's silver, gold, copper or some other 'solderable' metal) but unless you have some skill with a jeweler's torch, I'd pass it up and use the end pictured.
Posted at 5:23 pm Jun 25, 2009 EDT
You might want to try a "clam shell" crimp. It is a small round crimp that opens to fit a knot or the ball of the chain (sort of like a crimp cover). You gently close it and there you have it. Oh, it also has a little loop on the end and there is where you would attach the clasp and on the other end, the jumpring.
Posted at 7:29 pm Jun 25, 2009 EDT