Polymer Clay Tutorial | Beaded S Hook Clasp Copper Jewelry Findings

Beaded S-Hook Clasp

Vid #123: “Interested in any technique you will teach us Cindy. All your videos are so instructional. Wirework and polymer clay go together so well.” ~Squash

One of the reasons I started making my own polymer clay beads was because I wanted to make jewelry that was different than everyone else’s. I’m not the same as everyone else, so why should my jewelry look the same?

That same philosophy can apply to your findings as well. Nothing sets off a unique piece of handmade polymer clay jewelry, more than the findings you use to make the piece with…. customized of course, with polymer clay beads you made yourself.

Recently I have been working a lot with copper wire to make my own clasps, hooks, jump rings, head pins and other jewelry findings. Copper wire is relatively inexpensive, easy to find, easy to work with and very pretty. The warm rich color can also be patinaed into a deep dark brown or a lovely green color.

Copper is an excellent wire for beginners to work with for the above reasons… which is why I like to teach wire working techniques using this metal.

Though most of the tutorials I show you will be using copper wire, keep in mind you can substitute others wires as well including, Sterling Silver, Gold, Brass, Steel, Bronze, artwire, etc. Although each metal will have slightly different qualities that you may have to adjust a bit when working with them, the techniques and designs can be done in any wire.

The full version of the Vid-016-3 tutorial will be posted in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday September 18th, 2009. But if you would like to see a sneak peak intro clip right now, scroll down the page a bit to the video player below.

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The full version of the “S-Hook” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-016 Back Issue Package.

Customer Feedback About Membership Value:

Wow!  Now that was one excellent tutorial series**, Cindy.  Thank you!  I learned so much and had so much fun trying each of the components! Finally, someone demonstrated the need and proper procedure for adding the registration line.  Now I understand why so many of my earlier attempts at canes failed.  By trying to reduce them by rolling them like a snake, the inner contents got all twisted and irregular. So many wonderful tips, and the final result is spectacular.  Due to the nature of the flower chosen, many other natural flowers can be done using the same techniques but changing the colors: blanket flowers, ox-eyed daisies, sunflowers, primroses, phlox, marsh pinks, violets, genetians (ahaha, can tell I have the wildflower book out now…). Just an incredible value for the cost of membership and one series of videos. ~Jocelyn

** Reference to Vol-015 Gerbera Flower Cane series.

The following topics are included in this “Beaded S-Hook Clasp” video tutorial:

  • Using different sizes and styles of polymer clay beads to accent your s-hook clasps, including faux stone, tiny jupiter beads, torn watercolor paper technique, and faux raku.
  • How to use copper wire in various gauges, that can easily be found at your local hardware store.
  • Learn how to strip the plastic covering from electrical wire, to use for your jewelry projects.
  • Tricks for getting the right sized hole in your accent bead, so that you don’t have to drill it with a bit.
  • Using a small hammer and a metal surface to work harden and strengthen your copper wire clasps.
  • How to coat your entire piece with a sealant to preserve the finish on your polymer clay and copper wire findings.

The full version of the “S-Hook” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at the Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-016 Back Issue Package.

  1. Ken H., 14 September, 2009

    Oooooh, thank you,thank you,thank you I can’t wait for friday.

  2. Ritzs, 14 September, 2009

    I have just finished making s clasps and jump rings but mine are only plain, I love the idea of the bead i cant wait for friday it is my highlight of the week. I am sitting in my workroom looking out at the five sheep we borrow,to keep the grass down i wonder how they would look with a nice big pmc necklace, ha,ha, well baybe not You are better Cindy than all the xmas gifts i have ever had thank you a thousand times.

  3. Catalina, 14 September, 2009

    Wow! Sheep to keep the grass down? And here my husband just uses a plain lawn mower! LOL! I can’t wait for the video either. I love copper. I have been very busy with family stuff and I haven’t been playing with my clay all week. Plus, went to the Tigers game yesterday! Yes, they won 7 to 2 against the Toronto blue Jays!!

  4. Laurel, 17 September, 2009

    I actually started out in jewelry making and wire working and then started doing the clay. I love the thought that a piece I make is entirely made by me, from findings, to wiring/chain to beads. I don’t custom make every item of every piece I make but it is nice to know that I can. I had no idea I could make my own cool, inexpensive beads without expensive equipment until I stumbled onto Cindy one day. Thank you Cindy for showing me how to make some of my jewelry truly my very own.

  5. Polyanya, 18 September, 2009

    Lovely, thank you Cindy – I shall definitely be making some of those. Just one question where can I get some of the Preserve your memories spray in the UK? Preferably on-line? Is there an equivalent?

  6. Cindy Lietz, 18 September, 2009

    PYM-II NOTE FOR UK AND EUROPE: I received this email from Doug Shepherd, the inventor of the PYM-II product, and am posting it here for information purposes…

    “We would like to find a distributer in the UK that is familiar with importing aerosol products and is the supplier to the local craft retailers. If your students know of one we would be glad to speak with them. Very tough to get a distributor set up unless the demand is really high. We would need a min order of 5000 cans since it would have to be shipped by surface cargo ship.” ~Doug Shepherd

    So if anyone has any suggestions for Doug about possible distributors in the UK or Europe, then let me know and I will get the word to him.

  7. Josie, 18 September, 2009

    Can’t wait to get some copper wire will love making my own. The recipes are fab Thanks Cindy.

  8. Bonnie K, 18 September, 2009

    Cindy, the video was great. Will be doing that for a while, just need a bigger anvil.

    I feel sorry for the people who don’t subscribe to your website, they are really missing out.

  9. Klay Kisses, 18 September, 2009

    Ok, change of plans. I will not shop today (unless I run out of clay) (oh my gosh, how scary)or do laundry. I will not cook unless the ingredients are clay and copper wire. Cindy, awesome video! Again! And I agree with Bonnie. People are missing out! I feel bad for them too.
    Thank you Friday Sunshine!

  10. cristina oliveira, 18 September, 2009

    Hello CINDY

    I want to ask you if you ever teach Faux Chevrons beads? if not please consider a request for a future video class.
    Have a great weekend. cristina

  11. Ifama Jackson, 18 September, 2009

    This was just the coolest idea!! I love this clasp. Cindy you are marvelous!!

  12. Sue Werner, 18 September, 2009

    This clasp is beautiful and looks easy to do. I have seen other demo’s of this type of clasp, but seeing how you do it makes the process understandable…and the others didn’t include a center bead! Thank you again for a wonderful video! Please keep the wire working with polymer clay bead videos coming.

  13. Polyanya, 20 September, 2009

    I shall ask a couple of clay suppliers Cindy if they may be interested in selling the PYM spray in the UK and let you know. Thanks for taking the trouble!

  14. Polyanya, 23 September, 2009

    Just an update – I have contacted one of the largest polymer clay/silver clay suppliers in the UK with a view to stocking PYM II. Soon as I hear anything I’ll let you know.

  15. Cindy Lietz, 23 September, 2009

    @Polyanya – That’s great. Looking forward to what you find out.

    @cristina – I don’t have a tutorial on Faux Chevrons (yet). But will put it on the list. Thanks for letting me know about your interests.

  16. Cindy Lietz, 17 April, 2010


    Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Beaded S-Hook Clasp), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Carole Holt. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

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