I remember when I finally figured out jump rings. It was like the heavens opened up and my whole world changed.
Well, maybe not quite all that, but it was pretty exciting. Once you figure out this basic skill, you have a lot more options. And it’s pretty simple, you just need to know how to do it.
Here’s a short video on how to open and close jump rings if you haven’t had this life-changing experience yet. 🙂
Even if you know how to properly open and close jump rings they can still cause you trouble. They can open when they shouldn’t, don’t close properly, look wrong and just be all around frustrating. I use jump rings in a lot (if not most) of my jewelry projects, so you might as well get used to them!
Here are a few common reasons you might be having problems with jump rings:
Jump ring is too thin
If your jump ring is too thin (the gauge is too thin), the jump ring will have trouble holding its shape as well as holding together whatever else it’s holding. If your jump rings keep opening, this might be the issue. In this case use a thicker jump ring.
Jump ring is too soft
If the hardness of your jump ring is too soft, again, it can’t hold it’s shape and your project together. If this is the case you can harden the wire by opening and closing your jump ring several times. (Like I do at the end of the video above when I’m closing the jump ring.)
Gap in your jump ring after you close it
First make sure you’ve closed it properly.
However, this can happen sometimes even if you do close it properly. Wire tends to spring back wherever it wants and doesn’t always go where you want it to go. To fix it, wiggle the wire back and forth, opening and closing the jump ring until it clicks into place.
Jump ring isn’t a perfect circle
This can happen, too, even if you closed the jump ring properly. Sometimes you make a mistake that you didn’t realize or sometimes the jump ring wasn’t perfect when you got it. I sometimes try to fix it, but usually it’s much less frustrating to just get a new jump ring and start again. Usually it’s not worth your frustration.
I hope these help you with any issues you may have with jump rings. If you have any other questions, leave a comment (reply) below and I’ll try to help you!
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