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Jump Ring

They are extremely useful as well as appealing to the eyes when incorporated into an artistic jewel design. The most important part to a jump ring when assembling earrings,necklaces and bracelets is to be sure it is closed properly or else your beads and other components with dangle right off the ring.

Jump rings are like “staples” to the jewelry artisan. It is a good idea to have a supply of every size you like using as well as the different materials such as silver, gold, antique copper, silver plated, gun metal and so on. You can find these anywhere you are looking for supplies as they are a basic component.

A jump ring is a jewelry component used to connect other jewelry components together for a finished piece of jewelry. They open and close very simply using a pair of pliers. Most of them are circular and comes in various sizes. You can even make your own. There are also a bit sturdier rings called “split rings.”

Two things to always remember about using jump rings that stay closed are quality and technique. Disconnected rings is a disaster for your handmade projects and one you do not want to have to deal with.

What is good quality? Precision cutting (which may not occur properly if you make your own), Both sides of the ring need to meet with little to no gap in between.

The proper technique to use is to first use is to have two flat nosed pliers, one in each hand. Take hold of either side of the ring with the pliers so the split is in the middle. At the same time move one hand away from you while you move the other hand toward you. Now the ring is opened.