Free Jewelry Making Tutorial: Sterling Silver Wire S-Hook Clasp with Hammered Ends by Art Jewelry Magazine

One of the best ways to make your handcrafted beaded or wire work jewelry feel unique is to learn how to make your own clasps. Not only does a handcrafted clasp add a personal touch, but it saves on material costs. This free jewelry making tutorial from Art Jewelry Magazine demonstrates how to take 14 gauge sterling silver wire and turn it into an S-Hook clasp with hammered ends. It's super simple and only takes a few tools -- chasing hammer, steel bench block, round nose pliers, and needle file. 

One helpful tip is that when you are first learning how to make clasps, practice your technique on less expensive materials such as copper wire and then when you feel more confident switch to sterling silver.