I love these little horseshoe-shaped jewelry findings!
They are particularly handy with seed bead weaving but make a great clasp enhancement for any piece of jewelry. Their main purpose is to protect your wire or thread from persistent, damaging rubbing against a clasp and they can be used with just about any stringing material.
You attach your wire protector when it’s time to attach your clasp to your piece. Each end of the “horseshoe” is a tube, and the outside curve is a channel. Send your stringing material through one end of the “horseshoe” and out the other – allowing the thread or wire to sit within the channel on the outside curve.
Next, add your clasp and slide it into the wire protector. Continue by going back into your work as you would normally. The clasp should be dangling inside the little “horseshoe” safely rubbing against the metal, not your stringing material.
Using a wire protector with beadweaving (shown at right) is often a great choice. The stringing material used in beadweaving (such as Fireline or Nymo) is usually very thin, so to have it rubbing against the clasp can be a weakness in your piece. A wire protector eliminates this danger.