I'm looking for design ideas to make custom tie clasps.
You would not believe how quickly and easily those can be made. What I've done here is made a simple, unadorned one, just so that you can see how to make the clip. You can then embellish it in any way you want!!!
Start with about 3 1/2" of a heavey gauge half-round wire. Here I've used 18g nickel silver half round wire.
About 1/2" from one end, make a 30* bend in the wire:
Using your round nose or rosary pliers, make a bend in the middle of the wire, with the flat side of the wire facing the inside of the bend:
Continue bending the wire, until the two ends pass each other:
Using your fingers, gently push the two ends of the wire back and together, until they meet:
Trim both ends of the wire until the look neat and even, and file your sharp edges:
You can now wrap, solder, or epoxy whatever decorations you'd like on the face of the tie clip.
You might also try using a fancy, patterned wire for this, like these:
I hope this helps!!!
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For cryin' out loud, why have I never thought of this?? A wire bobby pin with beads attached-fantastic! I know what Dad's getting for birthday or Christmas this year.
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I made a money clip out of 6mm patterned wire also, you could do a matching set with cufflinks, which are also really easy
Well I gave him several pairs of cufflinks that I made this past Christmas, so I guess I need to make him some matching tie clasps. I just have to remember which ones I sent him.
JSmaz: I just have to remember which ones I sent him.
One more reason to take and keep [ annotated ] photos, no?
Ignorance is curable; Stupidity has neither cure nor excuse.
I have photos but I just grabbed several pairs out of my bag full of them and sent them on. I had actually purchased some cuff links for him in Venice with Murano glass but I didn't make it down there before I needed to ship the Christmas package, so I did the next best thing.
I can just ask Mom to look at them for me. She can keep a secret.