Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Magnet Clasps - Where to buy them cheaply
I'm often asked where I buy my magnet clasps. I had a really good Chinese source for them a while back but that eBay shop no longer has them. I've since found another shop on eBay that has nice ones and I've ordered them from best-love-u365 quite a few times. Their shipping is free and relatively fast compared to other Chinese shops I've bought from.
The Chinese magnets may not be as strong and reliable as more expensive clasps that you can buy elsewhere, but the price from China can't be beat and they suit my budget perfectly. Because they're so inexpensive, I expect some imperfections. I sometimes have to re-glue some of the magnets over time. Since I have no experience with expensive magnet clasps, I can't say if this is more of a problem with the cheap ones from China or just the way that they all are. The problem seems to be that they don't always put enough glue on the magnets to keep them from failing. My husband re-glues them for me and he says that the bond is permanent when he's done with them.
I'm updating this post because all of the other links that I had in my previous were dead except for the one I mentioned above. I did a search on eBay and found several others that have the same kinds of clasps that I've been buying. Note that I have never purchased anything from any of these shops except for best-love-u365.
While doing my search, I noticed that several of these shops, including best-love-u365, are now selling a new style of clasps that I'd like to try. They're pretty and I'm hoping that they will be as nice as the "striped" ones that I usually buy. I'll try to remember to post back once I've tried them. This is what the new kind looks like:
Although several shops have these, only three on the list have them in bronze. They are century-jewelry, changchul-0 and jewelry1995-1. jewelry1995-1 doesn't have a photo of the bronze ones, but they are listed and show that they're in stock. On Sunday morning I ordered some from changchul-0 in bronze, copper and dark silver. They shipped them that night. We'll see how long they take to get here. I've had packages from China arrive in less than two weeks and others that took several weeks to get here. I did get a tracking number with the order but not all Chinese shops on eBay provide one.
SOURCES FOR MAGNETIC CLASPS
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