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I am making some lanyards for dh's work and need magnetic clasps but the only ones I can find around here are too weak. I see some on line, but don't know how strong they are, does anyone else use them and where do you get them or how can i know how strong the magnet is?<br><br>
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I get mine from Hobby Lobby to make nursing necklaces. Strength is important to me (since babies/toddlers will be tugging on them), so to test the strength of the magnetic (safety) clasps, I stick them to the metal shelves in the store and if I have to tug hard on them to get them to detach I know they're good enough. Just a tip! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I used some from Hobby Lobby for some lanyards and they broke so I stopped using them. The magnet stayed together, but the clasp broke. I choose not to use magnets for my nursing necklaces because of that risk, and won't use them for lanyards for the same reason. I don't use break away at all on the nursing necklaces, but they have been tested by the US Consumer Prduct Safety Comission.<br><br>
I wish they would have worked, because I really like the way they looked!<br><br>
I looked at Hobby Lobby for other magnets and none were strong enough other than the ones that broke. I ordered some Mag Loc ones after talking to some other lanyard makers and the suggestions here.
 

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Which magnets were you using? I haven't had any clasps break yet (from Hobby Lobby), but you can never underestimate the strength of a baby/toddler and all it takes is one time... Maybe I will have to switch?!<br>
What do you use for your nursing necklace closures (if at all) if you don't mind me asking?
 

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Oh, I don't mind! I don't use a clasp at all. It never occured to me to have a break away on it, I just use a special knot with superglue on it. As long as they aren't going to break and the beads become a choking hazard, I don't think I need a breakaway. Mine were tested for torque and tension for up to a 36 month old, so I know they are strong. I also special knot between every three beads and that makes them stronger, plus I use a nylon string. You can see the testing results here <a href="http://pureperfection.net/LNN/cpsc/pg1.htm" target="_blank">http://pureperfection.net/LNN/cpsc/pg1.htm</a> The testing was a huge surprise to me, a woman ordered 14 necklaces for baby shower give aways and a few weeks later I got the information in the mail that the government had tested 14 of them and even sent me a picture of the necklaces they scanned and that's when I recognized the color patterns as the women who said it was for the shower.<br><br>
You have to have a complaint to get the govnt involved, and in my case it was a woman who saw a picture on my site of a baby wearing the necklace and turned me in that I was selling necklaces for babies to wear! I removed the picture, but she had already sent in the complaint by that time and soon after my necklaces were tested. She even admitted she had never even bought a necklace, but they looked unsafe. Lucky for me all 14 passed and I didn't have to stop making them or change anything! I was freaking out when I saw the letter until I realized it was actually a good thing. lol<br><br>
Of course I still have a disclaimer on my site because you never know! I have been making and selling them for 5 years now, hardly seems possible.<br><br>
Oh, the Mag Locs are great!!!! They are one peice design and really strong. My kids are having a blast playing with them, but my dd almost wrecked my monitor when she ran the box over it and created a dark line though it. Thankfully when I rebooted it was gone.
 

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I've just realised your website is the one that I first heard about nursing necklaces! I don't remember which particular page linked me, but at the time I was doing a lot of charity crafting and thought they would make wonderful gifts to the local nursing mothers. Fantastic! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
It's wonderful that one woman's actions actually benefited you in the long run, and that your necklaces were tested and found to be safe! I will be mentioning this to a lot of my clients (hopefully adding to your sales hehe).<br><br>
As part of the packages I distribute to Doula clients, I include a few websites to buy WAHM products (cloth diapers, clothes, etc). May I add your website to my printouts (using the homepage address and the "text only linking" instructions)?<br><br>
Your necklaces are wonderful! Thanks for the info and the initial inspiration! I love that you are so dedicated to helping other women by making these special products! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thats amazing you saw my site so long ago! I have been making them for 5 years now, doesnt seem possible.<br><br>
Yea, wild how her complaints led to something good happening.<br><br>
That would be great to have you put my info in your printouts, I have a necklace being tested by a doula in Cali right now to add her review to her information packet.<br><br><br>
Thank-you!
 
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