Rio Grande has a new clasp, it’s a variation on the magnetic clasps you’ve probably seen before. Rio Grande carries these in argentium silver which resists tarnishing, and also in gold. It’s sleek, it’s secure and simple to open.
It’s called the Magnetic Dexterity clasp, and the design is very clever. You don’t see the magnets unless you look from the side, but they make this clasp very easy to put on one-handed. Just hook the loop or jump ring around the post while you squeeze the clasp open, then release and the magnets grab a tight hold.
This clasp seems more secure than some of the other styles of two-sided magnet clasps I’ve seen for bracelets and necklaces, those sometimes make me nervous about losing my bracelet or necklace with a too-hard tug.
Rio Grande is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico but they have fantastic catalogs and online shopping to make it easy.
kelleysbeadsAugust 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm
I saw the email on this earlier today and it looks very cool. Are you ordering any? Since I'm going up to Philly for the BeadFest this weekend, it will be a couple months before I order from Rio Grande again.
Christine HansenAugust 20, 2009 at 2:50 pm
Just checked the pricing on Rio's site for the Argentium style…WOW! Pretty reasonable (in my opinion at least, LOL) for a clasp this secure and easy to work.
Here's the link to Rio's page (hope it works): http://www.riogrande.com/MemberArea/ProductPage.aspx?assetname=686654&page=GRID&category%7ccategory_root%7c132=Findings&category%7ccat_132%7c486=Clasps&category%7ccat_486%7c4260=Argentium%26reg%3b+Silver
Thanks very much for the heads-up!
Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay TutorSeptember 4, 2009 at 10:48 pm
Oooo very intriguing clasp! Love the lines and sturdiness of it. Will have to go check them out!
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