I had a few beads left over from the original stash -- some freeform disks, some small lampwork spacers, and a handmade glass button. I've never been good with buttons as clasps because I never know how large to make the fiber or seed bead loop at the other end. So I created a new way to use a button for a clasp.
First, here's the finished bracelet:
(Apologies for fuzzy photo.)
The only thing I added that wasn't from the soup are the olive faceted Czech glass beads and the fringe chain.
To make the button clasp, I used a combination of sterling silver wire and beading wire. The gauge of the silver wire depends upon how large the button shank opening is. I also had to make sure a strand of beading wire would go through the shank as well.
Basically, it's a fat briolette wrap. Then I passed the beading wire through, crimped it, and made the first half of the bracelet. I crimped the beading wire to one end of the fringe chain, and then was ready for the next part of the clasp.
I used 22 gauge wire this time, instead of finer gauge, because I wanted some substance to the clasp. I first made the hook clasp using a tap-and-wrap tool (I can't live without it -- it makes great ear wires and comes in two sizes)! I hammered it slightly after putting the spacer on it. If you don't but the spacer on first, you run the risk of hammering the wire too wide for the bead's hole.
So there you have it -- a button clasp with a traditional clasp. Easy peasy!
I've already made the dates
for the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party