Welcome back, friends! In this third installation of my Clasp Wars series, we are going to be talking about snap clasps. I asked which clasp we should talk about next on my Facebook page and the request for these little clasps was surprisingly high.
Just a quick note, I tend to refer to these clasps as “snap clasps”, but you may also find them listed as “ball and socket clasps” or “trailer hitch clasps”. They’re all the same, but just a heads up in case your local bead shop or favorite online store uses one of their other names.
So, I am super stoked to talk about snap clasps because I absolutely love them. They’re one of my favorite clasps to use and though I only really became obsessed with them recently, they are quickly becoming my favorite clasp type.
First, I love them because they are wicked easy to use. To close them, you simply place the loop part over the ball and press it down. Then, to open it, you press down on the ball and it snaps right open. It’s easy to do one-handed, even with limited mobility. They are also very secured, since the pressure needed to pop them open is perpendicular to your wrist, there’s pretty much no way that they’re gonna come off accidentally.
Snap Clasps do come in multi-strand options, but I don’t have any in my stash at the moment. I don’t usually find myself needing to gather multiple strands into a small point like that. Instead, when I have a wide bracelet, sometimes I will put multiple snap clasps on the end and I get a kinda cool corset-like effect!
Honestly, I love these clasps. They’re strong, come on lots of different metallic finishes, and are easy for my customers to use. <3
It’s is honestly hard for me to think of cons, because these are truly my go-to clasps. I suppose they are a little simple looking. You’re not gonna get the same oomph that you get from an elaborate box clasp.
Also, they don’t seem to be available in a huge range of sizes. The ones I have are all around 12-14mm, which work perfectly for my purposes, but I am surprised that a wider array of sizes (and colors?) aren’t easier to find.
I do think sometimes that it would be nice if the holes were vertical instead of horizontal, so I could stitch straight through the loops instead of needing to use a jump ring… But I usually attach my clasps with a jump ring anyway, because it means I can change a clasp if a buyer requests it. So, again, that’s only hypothetical problem. Overall, I am VERY happy with my little snap clasp friends!
When Do I Use Them?
I use my snap clasps on pretty much any bracelet that doesn’t need something highly decorative and is relatively flat. I tend not to use them on necklaces or beaded ropes, because the twisting might make them a little harder to use. And I just don’t think they look quite right on a necklace or rope. *shrug* I’m honestly not super sure why.
So, there you have it, folks! This post is a little short, but I really don’t have to much to say about these clasps other than OMG, I LOVE THEM and that you should give them a try! It’s so refreshing to have something that is both secure AND easy to use.
What do you guys think, have you tried snap clasps? And do you have any requests on what clasp I should do next?
Yes I love them too and use them pretty much exclusively. I love how easy to put on and take off.
I enjoyed reading your explanation on snap clasp. Where would I find a good snap clasp ? Sincerely, Char
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Thanks, Char! I usually buy mine at one of my local bead shops (Beaded Bliss or Bead Stash, in Cincinnati and Dayton, respectively), but I know there’s a ton of them online as well. You can get silver and gold ones at BeadsDirectUSA.com and I know there’s a few more finishes available on Etsy as well. :)
I’ve been using the snap clasps for a couple of years and love them too. They’re easy to use and much more secure than a magnetic clasp (even with a chain).
One caution is when ordering online pay close attention to the size.
Snap clasps/ball & sockets are a staple and workhorse in the beading world. Especially good for folks who have trouble pulling the trigger on a lobster clasp due to arthritis and very secure. I have long searched for a sterling version; anyone have a supplier? Thanks Sam for another very informative article!
I love snap clasps, but I also love the sliding tube with a magnet in them. I call snap clasps the Single Woman’s clasp. Because you don’t have to ask anyone to help you joom it.
The past few years I really haven’t been keeping up on clasp styles because most of my projects have been done by the casting off method of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork and since the bangles made this way don’t need clasps, well I wasn’t aware of the snap clasp. But today Scott linked his series of Clasp War posts to Facebook, a smart move which I hope brings many new reader such as myself to his blog. Thanks for bringing this blog to my attention, Scott
Hi, Sheila! My name is actually Sam (Wescott is my last name) and I am a woman. But thanks for the kind words! Facebook is a great way to get new blog posts out into the internet. :D
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