How to Make Jump Rings





Introduction: How to Make Jump Rings

Today, I would like to bring you to a basic technique: How to make jump rings! Tought it's easy to buy perfect pre-made jumps rings, sometimes I might like to make my own jump rings using diffferent types of materials such as brass, copper, steel, and colored wires. In this case, I do not need to stock up a lot of ready made jump rings of the different materials. Here are some tips how to make them...

Step 1:

Take a mandrel that is measuring about 0.8cm in diameter. In this case, I am using the pliers’ holder as shown in the picture.

Step 2:

Cut approximately 20cm of 18 gauge wires and attached it onto the mandrel and bend one end upward.

Step 3:

Rotate your wrapping hand towards your body to wrap the wires around the mandrel. Repeat to make the subsequent circles until you reach the end of the wires. You may leave approximately 1.5cm of wires unwrapped.

Step 4:

Remove the coils from the mandrel.

Step 5:

Use your wire cutter to trim the end of the coil. Notice I use the flat side of the pliers to cut the wire to ensure the end is flat.

Step 6:

Loosen out the space between the coils by pulling them outward.

Step 7:

Now place your wire cutter at the 2nd layer of the coils which is slightly towards the right side from the end of the 1st layer. This is to allow some rooms for trimming and to ensure sufficient wires to form the whole ring. Once position is identified, cut it out from the coil.

Step 8:

This is how the jump ring looks like after you cut it out.

Step 9:

You can continue to cut the second ring using the same method. Once you cut out the second ring, you will notice that one of the sides comes with sharp edge.

Step 10:

Use your flat side of the wire cutter to cut off the wires slightly from the edges.

Step 11:

Use flat or round nose pliers to close the gap by moving 2 sides of the ring to centre of the ring.

Step 12:

You are done with the jump ring.. Continue to cut the same way... Happy cutting jump rings!  You can visit DIY to download free jewelry making tutorials



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    This is part of it, but you lose part of the wire by cutting sharp edges this way. It can be helpful to use a jump ring tool. You can also see a video of how to do it with a Dremel on my video, . Try also tumbling afterward to remove sharp edges, rather than cutting twice.

    actually, if you get a regular pair of mini bolt, you wont need a complicated set up for an electrical device and negates the need *for* an electrical device and three, there is no tumbling to remover any burrs that a cutting disk would produce.

    the pinch cuts with mini bolt cutters leaves no sharp edges, especially if you get a pair of knipex brand. the only difference is a slight v notch in the outside and inside of the link, but that's only aesthetics and has no obvious affect on its function.

    If you're trying to do hundreds of professional-quality jump rings, that is not a practical solution, and I question its durability. For a small hobbyist, it may work, though I'd have to see the results to judge them.

    Tumbling also work-hardens the rings and shines them up, making them more attractive and durable.

    ok....i agree with the high turn out. power cutting *is* much faster then by hand. durability? are you serious? look....the durability comes from the strength of the metal, how much its been work hardened at the factory and how much hardness it gains from coiling.....not how its cut.

    the links gain no work hardness from tumbling because there is no physical deformation of the metal. the stress placed on the grain structure and the heat generated by bending, coiling or being pulled through a draw plate is what makes wire hard. not being shaken with a bunch of polishing grit. all that does is make them pretty as well as ridding the cut ends of the burr.

    it is quite laughable for you to say it makes them harder and more durable. sorry to say, but it rather shows you lack of knowledge in metallurgy.

    Be nice, please. You don't tumble jump rings or other metal jewelry items with grit; you use mixed stainless steel shot. And it does work harden the outer layers of the metal. See this excellent link for a more detailed explanation: . As an experienced silversmith, I have found this to be the case.

    you never specified what the tumbling medium i had to go off of what i know about tumbling. if you had been more specific in the first place, possibly posting the link as well as your experience as an accomplished would have alleviated any confusion and all miscommunication.

    and btw....i *was* being nice.

    I'm for just that my rings are not durable some just fall off and I did tumble with no avail. so then the stress in the way I coil is my prob, is what I'm getting. half hard silver,brawns, brass or atistic wire will work?

    (Being "nice"? You could have fooled me.)

    yes, susanrm is correct. it does harden the layers of the metal. good info.

    Hi susan,

    The tutorial I created is just suitable or fit for hobbyist like me. :) We, jewelry makers, we like to create our own jump rings as we do not want to stock a lot of them. We just create a few jump rings whenever we need them.