How to Make Jump Rings

How to Make Jump Rings

Making your own jump rings is fun and it can be a great saver when you’re working on a project and realize you don’t have the right jump rings.  Just make your own.

Plus it’s actually really easy!

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Video Tutorial:

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How to Make Jump Rings

Materials and Tools:

Wire – You can really use any wire you like.  I most often use 20 gauge, half-hard, round wire.

You may need a thinner jump ring to go through small hole of some sort, so you could use 22 or 24 gauge wire, but remember, the thinner the wire the less sturdy the jump rings will be.

You could also use thicker wire, but the thicker you use the more difficult they are to make.

Wire cutters – my wire cutters have a small tip on the end to get into tight places and I find that really helpful for making jump rings.

Then depending on which technique you use, you either need:

Round nose pliers

Or

Round multi jump ring mandrel or a knitting needle or dowel rod the size that you would like to make your jump rings.

Technique 1 – Using Round Nose Pliers

Step #1

How to Make Jump Rings

Use a sharpie to make a mark on your round nose pliers at the point on your round nose pliers that is the size you’d like to make your jump rings.

In this example I’ll be making my jump rings as large as my round nose pliers will allow, so I’ll be wrapping as close to the handle as possible.

Step #2

How to Make Jump Rings

Start wrapping around one of the barrels of the pliers.  Make sure that the cut end of the wire is on top.

Step #3

How to Make Jump Rings

Now continue wrapping around to make a coil.

The new coil will be at the bottom closest to the handle and as you wrap the other coils simply move up the pliers.

All the coils should be the same size.  When you’re wrapping, you’re only wrapping at the bottom and adjusting the pliers to move the coils up.

Step #4

How to Make Jump Rings

How to Make Jump Rings

Remove the coil from the pliers and cut the wire from the spool.

Step #5

How to Make Jump Rings

Cut off any of the wire that isn’t a perfect circle on the end.  Sometimes you’ll have a little bit that’s flat at the end because you didn’t actually complete the circle.

Step #6

How to Make Jump Rings

Now line up your wire cutters against the end you just cut and cut through the next coil.

I find it helpful to pull the coil apart a little so the wires are separated.

A jump ring should fall off!

How to Make Jump Rings

Step #7

How to Make Jump Rings

How to Make Jump Rings

Continue to line up your wire cutters against the end (what you last cut) and cut through each coil one at a time to form jump rings.

Usually the last bit of wire is also wasted.

Step #8

How to Make Jump Rings

Now on each jump ring you have one side that’s a pinch cut and one that’s a flush cut.  Both sides should be a flush cut to make a nice closure when you’re using your jump rings.

So go through all the jump rings and just snip the very tip of the side with the pinch cut to make it a flush cut.  (I need my reading glasses to see this!)

Just make the tiniest cut you possibly can.

How to Make Jump Rings

And now you have jump rings to use in your projects!

Technique 2 – Round Multi Jump Ring Mandrel or Knitting Needle

Step #1

How to Make Jump Rings

Wrap wire around the mandrel or knitting needle.

Keep the wraps straight and tight.

Step #2

How to Make Jump Rings

Remove the wire and follow Steps #4 – #8 from above.

How to Make Jump Rings

And you have lots of jump rings to use in your projects!

I mentioned in the video that I’m working on Charm Bracelet eCourse (I think the name will change, but that is what the eCourse is).  In this class I’m teaching how to make a charm bracelet from the findings up.  You’ll learn how to make your own clasps, chain, headpins, jump rings (this video!), a variety of charms and how to put everything together.  I’m including lots of inspiration and ideas to help you design your own charm bracelet yourself.

And if you’re not particularly interested in making all those components yourself, you can add in any purchased findings along the way that you like.  (For example, I rarely make my own chain, but I show you how to make it in case you want to.  You certainly don’t need to make your own chain to make your own charm bracelet!)

I’ll let you know when it’s ready and I hope you’ll check it out!

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