Toggle Finding

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Follow the pattern using 20-24 gauge wire to quickly and precisely make a sturdy toggle clasp that can be used for almost any kind of jewelry.
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Step 1

To make the toggle bar part of the toggle clasp, you will first center a 7-inch piece of 20–24-gauge wire on the finding form, positioning it underneath the large center peg at the top.

Step 2

Wrap the right end of the wire half way around the lower center peg and pull it up between the two small center pegs.

Step 3

Pull the wire to the left between the two small pegs, and bring it under and around to the left of the large peg.

Step 4

Wrap the wire all the way around the large peg clockwise and back between the two small pegs.

Step 5

Pull the wire back across the center above the two small pegs, and then down and out of the way. Leave the wire attached.

Step 6

Wrap the left end of the wire halfway around the lower center peg and pull it up between the two small center pegs.

Step 7

Pull the wire to the right between the two small pegs. Wrap the wire counterclockwise all the way around the large peg, and back between the two small pegs.

Step 8

Pull the wire back across the center above the two small pegs, and then down and out of the way. Leave the wire attached.

Step 9

Use the pusher tool to push down on the loops to squeeze the overlapped wire together.

Step 10

Remove the toggle bar from the form and hold it as shown. Grasp the wire tail and begin to wrap it around the doubled wires next to the center loop.

Step 11

Continue wrapping until the loop at the end is about halfway covered with wrapped wire. Repeat on the opposite end of the toggle bar.

Step 12

Use flush cutters to trim off the short ends. Tuck the ends down with chain nose pliers if needed.

Step 13

If desired, the orientation of the loop can be changed by grasping the loop with chain nose pliers and turning the loop 90°.

Step 14

The toggle bar is now complete.

Step 15

To make the toggle loop part of the toggle clasp, you will first insert a 7-inch piece of either 20–24-gauge wire through the hole in the form and bend about a 1/4-inch length flat against the back. This will help to hold the wire firmly while working in the front.

Step 16

Pull the wire across the front of the form and make one complete clockwise wrap around the lowest peg.

Step 17

Hold the loop firmly and wrap the wire tail around the large loop right next to the small loop.

Step 18

Use the pusher tool to push down on the loops to squeeze the overlapped wire together.

Step 19

Remove the toggle from the form.

Step 20

Hold the loop firmly and wrap the wire tail around the large loop right next to the small loop.

Step 21

Make several wraps to secure the toggle. Then, use flush cutters to trim off any remaining wire.

Step 22

Repeat steps 20-21 on the opposite side of the toggle loop.

Step 23

Congratulations, you have created a toggle clasp using a findings form!

 

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