March 3, 2012

Clasp Experiment

magnetic focal clasp for bead crochet rope

I had this old, vintage strand of fake amber beads sitting on my work table the other day.  Needing something for a focal-type clasp, my mind started to play with "what-if".

I gave the beads, a pair of magnets and a sample rope piece to a machinist and told him what I was thinking.  This is the prototype result.  What do you think?

I'm not enamored with having to glue a rope into the end of a clasp, but I can't find a solution to otherwise fasten it in.

I stuck the prototype onto my Native Stripes rope to see how it would look.  Now I guess I need to design an 8/0 rope to go with the magnetic clasp that came out of the mind play.

I'm thinking that short pieces of rope endings in 15/0 with 8 to 10-around necklace rope might balance the size better.

Feedback appreciated - especially some way to avoid glue.


  1. Anonymous1:10 PM

    I'm not a chunky beads girl, I usually see them as more of a focal point. I feel like the small scale of the rope beads, paired with the large size of the clasp beads, is a big mismatch. It's not pleasing to my eyes, at least.

    That said, this could be an interesting idea if the beads used for the clasp make an attractive focal point. I think the faux amber beads here fall short of that idea, being fairly plain.

    I like the idea overall. Can't imagine how to make it work without glue, I'm afraid.

  2. Linda Rheault1:46 PM

    I like it but perhaps you could bead over it say with netting to pull the whole concept together more?

  3. I really love this idea. You could even wear this in the center front as the focal. Great idea!

  4. I like it just the way it is. Looks bright and happy. Wouldn't even change the bead sizes.