Easy Ways to String Easy-to-Wear Designs

Simple stringing for ready-to-wear styles
I have several fabulously stylish senior women in my life. From my mom to my mother-in-law to my aunts––they all love wearing jewelry. However, many types of clasps are a struggle. Tiny toggles and wiggly buttons and loops can be frustrating for uncooperative fingers or for many other reasons.
Stringing magazine has lots of ideas for styles that can be modified to use easy-to-clasp or clasp-free connections. In honor of all women who want to wear jewelry without needing help to put it on, here are a few of my choices for making easier-to-wear jewelry designs.
knotted linen Knotting
Knot your strung piece large enough to slip over your head. Can't get much easier than that! Of all the popular cords out there to use for stringing, my favorite is waxed linen. It comes in many colors and a few thicknesses and holds a knot forever. After all, if ancient Egyptian jewelry made with waxed linen is still holding up, so will ours! Plus, the wax enables you to mold the knot into a tidy little ball without loose ends, as in this beaded necklace.
Chirp Chirp necklace by D. Fox Tie a Bow for your FREE PROJECT!
This is a simple solution––add charms and special dangles to the ends, and tie a lovely little bow, as in Chirp-Chirp by Danielle Fox, editor of Stringing. Not only is the closure technique easy, it's also adjustable!

Enjoy this free project!

crimped bead necklace Hidden crimping
Make sure your strung necklace fits easily over your head, then crisscross the wires in opposite directions through a single crimp tube and a couple beads on either side of the tube. Pull snugly and squash the tube firmly. Cover the tube with a nice crimp cover. You can be very clever in hiding the crimp, even working it into your design as I did here, camouflaging my silver crimp among silver accent beads. My crimp tube actually slips inside the large swirly silver bead next to it.
box clasp Box clasps
One of the easiest types of clasps to fasten and among the most decorative, box clasps are widely available in a billion styles. Look for box and tongue with larger squeeze-triggers. Most box clasps are gorgeous and worthy of being the focal pieces worn in front or in a sassy asymmetrical position.

3 large clasp hooks

Large hook clasps
What makes clasps such as these easy to fasten is their size and the size of the ring onto which they hook. In this photo, I show a large lobster spring clasp with a sizeable trigger, easy to handle. The brass fishhook clasp slips through a wide bail. The S-hook is also large, and as you see, the ring into which it hooks will be easy to capture.
lariat Lariat
This is the easiest of all clasp-free forms of jewelry. Sounds like a no-brainer, but the style can be overlooked. Longer is better, so there are variations in the way it can be worn. Fold it in half, lay it around your neck, and pull both loose ends through the loop. Or, simply tie the ends loosely in front. You can really have fun with the end embellishments in lariats, such as the lovely toggles in the Perennial Favorite by Ricky Talmage, published in
Stringing magazine.

So what's your favorite easy-to-fasten clasp or clasp-free design? Share your tips with everyone here on Beading Daily!

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