For anyone just getting started in the hobby of jewelry making, the sheer volume of terminology used can leave anyone feeling confused. A very important component used in most jewelry projects a lobster claw clasp is just one of the many terms they will hear. This item is also one of the most popular, and to clear up any mysteries, we will explain what you need to know about this indispensable jewelry component.
Defining The Lobster Claw
Most clasps used in jewelry making are named and defined by their form and use, makes for a visual definition that defies language barriers. The lobster claw is used for an entire line of jewelry clasps that are defined by having built in triggers that open and close, closely mimicking the crustacean’s action. They hold the two ends of a jewelry piece closed by locking the trigger onto either a link in a chain, or a jump ring. There are designs available in this handy line that can be used as a way to attach charms to a piece, or even be used as the centerpiece in an unconventional design.
Close, But Not Quite
Even with the definition we just gave you, it can still be difficult for newcomers to pick out a true lobster claw clasps from the many pieces out there that are strikingly similar. According to traditional design, this clasp should have a long and straight oval shape, with the trigger on the inside of the oval. Similarly shaped, but used for different styles are the many specialty clasps that reside within this fabulous line of closures. Each one is subtly different, so bear mentioning to avoid confusion.
Pelican clasps, for example, are the closest in shape to the lobster, but have their triggers on the outside of the loop. Balloon clasps are longer and thinner, while elephant clasps are wider. The heart clasp has an additional bend that makes it resemble its name, and finally, the cat clasp is smaller and narrower than the lobster.
Types Of Material Used
A good, quality lobster claw clasp will be made out of some…