What is a Toggle?

Every jewelry artisan must learn jewelry making supplies terminology.
Knowing jewelry making terms will help you choose or define the right component when images are not available as well as help you to communicate about your jewelry designs to potential purchasers.

For example, just what is a “toggle?” Jewelry toggles are within the category of jewelry closures. A toggle clasp fastens jewelry together for the finishing touch as well as for putting on and removal of the jewelry. Toggles are used for closures on bracelets, necklaces and anklets.

The toggle clasp consists of a jewelry component loop and a stick. The loop is placed on one end of the stringing material and the stick is placed on the other end. When you put the two ends together to form a bracelet, necklace or anklet you will insert the stick into the loop.

This does not sound like it will hold the piece together and even at first sight you might think how can this work to hold my necklace, bracelet, or anklet together around my neck, arm or ankle? Toggle clasps actually work beautifully for the connection purposes of handmade jewelry using “gravity” to hold the jewelry together. It works great and looks great as well.

Look for toggle clasps in your favorite bead supplier shop in the section of “supplies.”

Fastening Toggles can also be found in the supplies sections of bead stores. Open jump rings, split rings or link locks usually fasten toggles when using chain in your jewelry designs. You can easily fasten a toggle to bead wire jewelry with crimp beads. String the wire through a toggle or stick loop and double it through the crimp bead, then flatten the crimp bead to hold in place.

Toggles are made from a variety of materials including cast or assembled metal alloys, platinum, gold, palladium and sterling silver, stainless steel, surgical steel and titanium. You can also find toggle sets made of wood or stone.

Jewelry toggles are usually regarded as more fashionable than lobster claw clasps.

For a different kind of look try using fancy toggles at the front of the necklace creating a visual centerpiece.

It is easy to match jewelry creations to the most eye pleasing toggle set as they come in so many different designs such as plain round, oval, square, diamond, heart shaped, floral stirrup and more. And that just about answers the question of “what is a toggle?”

Written by: Connie Limon
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