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Thank you so much Linda.
Linda what size clasp do you get from "best-love-u365", 6mm, 8mm, or 10 mm? I noticed most of the stores you listed don't give you sizes for the magnetic clasps.
I've never ordered from that shop but I usually buy either 13x8mm or 14x8mm magnets, so "8" would be the size you'd want. That's pretty much the average size and the smaller number is the diameter, not the length of the clasp. The 6mm ones are small and cute and are nice for thin, delicate bracelets. I don't think I'd like 10mm clasps. They'd be much too fat unless you're making a really chunky pearl bracelet with 10mm pearls or something..
I ordered the bronze from 2010s-beads and they sent me the same ones that you described. I emailed them, and we will see what happens. If they want me to mail them back I will just keep them and try to color them. The color they sent doesn't even come close to matching any of the bronze shades of seeds that I have. I am thinking of using rub n' buff or metallic spray paint. I saw both of these methods for changing metal finishes on Pinterest. This should be an interesting experiment. If any of the methods I try for coloring are successful I will post them.
It probably wouldn't be worth the shipping cost to send them back and they're so cheap anyway. I've given up trying to perfectly match my clasps to my metallic beads. They almost never do so I try not to worry about it too much.
Linda, do these clasps hold up to heavy wear? I'm always concerned about magnet strength in a clasp.
I haven't had any trouble with the ones that I've bought and I've rarely had a bracelet come off while I was wearing it. I did have one come off once when the magnet stuck to my shopping cart at the grocery store but usually I can feel the pull on the magnet before something metal pulls it off my wrist. The trunk of my car and the metal lid on my washing machine come to mind.
Also, have you used these on a heavier bracelet?
I'll have to look through my bracelet stash and see what I've used them on. As you probably already know, I tend to make relatively thin, delicate bracelets so my idea of a "heavy" bracelet might not be the same as yours. When I make a really wide bracelet, I usually put a toggle clasp on it. Wait, I just thought of one very heavy bracelet that has a magnet on it. Let me get the link...OK, it's Deb Roberti's "Farfalle Bracelet" and I made mine with real stone beads so it's VERY heavy. I blogged about it HERE
Thanks Linda. Your farfalle bracelet is gorgeous!
I found 10 sets, 4 colors to choose from, also different sizes for $2.81 +Free Shipping from 8season-gift,on ebay.
I had seen that site but I don't see any other sizes there besides 8mm and every color looks different. I like the ones from best-love-u365 the most.
This week I found the magnetic clasps (8mm) at Hobby Lobby from a company named Jewelry Shoppe. They carried 3 colors, bright silver, antique bronze & bright gold. There are 3 in a package for $2.99 but Hobby Lobby had these items at 50% off, so about $1.50 for 3 without tax. Maybe not the cheapest, but if you have a Hobby Lobby near you then you don't have to wait for shipping.
I looked at the clasps at Hobby Lobby last week but I don't think my store had any packages of three. I saw some of the kind that I like but they only had them in one color. I don't think that they keep my store well stocked because I never know what they're going to have whenever I go there.
For anyone in Europe, Hobbyperline has them:http://www.hobbyperline.com/en/jewelry-supplies/clasps/magnetic-claspsI don't use magnetic claps myself, so I don't know how good these are, but I have never ordered anything from that store that wasn't good quality.Robin's Beads has a few as well:http://www.robins-beads.co.uk/acatalog/Base_metal_and_plated_clasps.html
Thanks for the links, Yersinia.
Linda, Pärlsystrar just got new magnetic clasps in.I still don't use them, but they look beautiful!http://parlsystrar.se/products/lås
They're very pretty but I'm guessing that they're not cheap.