How to Use Lobster Clasps

Learn the basics of lobster clasps: what they are and how to use them.

There are four different size ranges of lobster clasps but they are generally paired with the style and size of beads being used. They generally come in the following sizes: small, medium, large and extra large. Lobster clasps can be used on necklaces, bracelets, and anklets. They are often chosen as a preferred clasp due to their ease of opening an closing.

How to operate a lobster clasps

Place the latch part of the clasps closest to the finger

Press down on the latch firmly

The latch will swing the trap side open, allowing you to insert a loop for attachment

All lobster clasps have a hoop on its bottom to attach various types of threads and metal fasteners to secure jewelry. Unless it is designed differently, the hoop on the bottom is a universal technical part of a lobster clasps.

Attaching Tigertail to a Lobster Clasps

Slide a crimp into a tiger tail.

Put tiger tail through the loop on the bottom of the lobster clasp.

Take the end of the tiger tail back through the same crimp that you used in the previous step.

Place the crimp bead into the second crimp notch of the crimp pliers

Squeeze the crimp pliers until the crimp bead is completely closed

The crimp should have an indented shape

Place the indented crimp and place it on the first notch of the crimp pliers

Squeeze the pliers closed.

How to Attach a Jump Ring to a Lobster Clasp

Open a jump ring using a flat nose pliers

Apply pressure by moving one side towards you and the other side away from you to slightly open

In the opening of the jump ring attach the bottom loop of the lobster clasp

Close the jump ring by applying the opposite pressure used when opening the jump ring. You know it is closed when the two ends meet face to face.


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Materials Needed

Lobster Clasp
Jump Rings

Tools Needed

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