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--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist individuals with limited fine motor, strength and dexterity due to arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome manipulate bracelet fasteners. MATERIALS USED: A 14-inch (35.6 centimeter) piece of 16-gauge wire (I used brass craft / picture hanging wire from the hardware store), a ruler or tape measure, a file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone for smoothing off the wire ends, a ring mandrel, dowel, PVC pipe section, small prescription pill container, or other item with a diameter of approximately 1 inch (2.5 centimeter), a fat Sharpie marker or knitting needle (to use as a smaller mandrel), wire cutters, flat nose pliers, round nose pliers, Nylon hammer (optional), jewelry steel block for hammering (optional) PREPPARATION: 1.Cut a piece of your 16-gauge wire to a length of 14 inches (35.6 centimeters): 2.Use your file, cup burr, or knife sharpening stone to round both ends of your wire and smooth off any sharp spots: 3.Wrap one end of your wire around your ring mandrel (I wrap mine around ring size 10), or whatever you’re substituting for the ring mandrel. 4.Use your flat-nose pliers to straighten out the wire stem below the loop you just made: 5. Starting at the other end of your wire (the end WITHOUT the loop), measure down 6 inches (15.2 centimeters). 6.Fold your wire in half around it. 7. Now use your round-nose pliers to create a small curve (NOT a full loop) on the straight end of your wire. 8. Optional: Use your nylon hammer and jewelry steel block to hammer-harden your piece of wire and make it lie flat: HOW TO USE YOUR BRACELET FASTENING TOOL: 1.Put the tool’s ring around one of your fingers, on the hand of your bracelet-wearing arm. 2.With your other hand, wrap the free end of the bracelet around your wrist: 3.Now easily fasten the clasp that’s being held perfectly still by the tool: 4.When the clasp is fastened securely, slide the bracelet fastening tool out of the clasp. 5.Even the frustratingly small toggle clasp on this bracelet was easy to fasten when one end was being held in place by this gadget. Author: Rena Klingenberg http://jewelrymakingjournal.com/make-a-bracelet-fastening-tool/
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