This week I intended to both create my year of jewelry project piece and finish my first tutorial: Wire Wrapped Toggle Clasp. However, I learned a lot this week. I learned that creating a tutorial is hard work! I could not believe how long it took to create a tutorial for a clasp that it takes about 15 minutes to make. Try about 10 hours.
First, I had to make the item – taking one handed pictures the whole way. I took about 5 or six pictures of each incremental step to be sure that I had at least one good shot of each to work with. Then I had to sort through the pics, pick the best ones to work with then take them to photoshop to edit them. Crop, adjust lighting, etc. Rename and reorganize…
Then begins the actual work of writing and preparing the tutorial. You write, organize pics, lable pics … then you rewrite, reorganize, edit and add text for clarity. Re-edit text for clairity… proof read… well, you get the idea.
Ultimately, you have the result:
Now you can make your own toggle clasps to coordinate with your handcrafted jewelry with this simple tutorial. These little beauties add impressive detail to any piece giving it a truly distinctive look. If you’ve ordered toggle clasps in the past, you know that they can cost several dollars each. Gold-fill toggle clasps are not only difficult to find, but they are especially pricey! With this tutorial you can make custom toggles to suit your project for literally a few cents each by utilizing scrap wire lying around on your bench.