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Picture of How to open and close jump rings!
This is something that is very easy to mess up. There are a lot of ways to do it wrong, but one way to do it right. :)

I've been making a lot of jewelry recently and I'd been finding myself spending a lot of time trying to get my jump rings back into shape after opening them the wrong way. Lately I find myself screaming "CURSE YOU, JUMP RING!" significantly less.

Video is on the last step!
 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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  • two tiny sets of pliers
  • jump rings
  • things to attach jump rings to, like a chain or clasp

Step 2: Opening, part one.

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Grip your jump ring on either side of the split with your pliers.

Try to get as close to the split as possible, but make sure your pliers are not touching!

Step 3: Opening, part two.

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Twist so that one hand comes toward you and the other goes away from you.

Open it only as far as you need to - base this on the size of the chain/clasp/object you're connecting it to - if you twist too far it can get a little distorted.

While it's open, connect it to whatever you're using.

Step 4: Closing.

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Grip both sides of the opening as before and twist it shut.

Make sure not to pull outwards or the ends will not meet up!

Step 5: Other info + video!

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The photo on this step shows three jump rings opened with multiple methods.

The one on the left is the method described here - you can see that it looks quite clean. The other two were opened by pulling the ends outward and by placing a closed jump ring on the end of a pair of pliers and opening the pliers slowly. You can see that these really distort the ring.


lloydrmc3 years ago
VERY helpful. Thanks for posting this!
kelseymh3 years ago
Very nice, simple Instructable! I like encapsulated topics like this :-)

I've got two questions, though. First, do you happen to know where the term "jump ring" originates? I've tried Wiki, M-W, and Google ("jump ring etymology"); I don't have an OED subscription.

Second, why is all that stuff you jewellers use called "findings"? Surely not because dumpster diving is the only way to (cough) find it?
jessyratfink (author)  kelseymh3 years ago
You know, I have no idea why they're called jump rings. I remember hearing at some point it was thanks to the way they are made, but I'm awfully foggy on the whole subject.

I know that all the miscellaneous bits are called findings thanks to the ways they were made long ago - most tradesmen had to make all settings, clasps, connectors, etc. out of scrap metal. And it's not really just jewellers - I think shoemakers and smiths called some things findings as well. Here's a nice article on findings:

http://www.harlequinbeads.com/cgi-bin/beads/library/article.html?article=LIB00072
Cool; thank you, Jessy!
lucek3 years ago
Uggh Bad memories here. My pocket watch's chain fell off the clip a few weeks back. The links were a pain in the butt to open and close as they are tiny and an odd shape.
Kryptonite3 years ago
Whoo! It's a very useful bit of knowledge to know that you should NEVER pull jump rings apart!

Love the macro photography :D
sunshiine3 years ago
This is awesome! Thanks for sharing! Have a stupendous day!
Sunshiine