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!

Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of What you'll need:
  • two tiny sets of pliers
  • jump rings
  • things to attach jump rings to, like a chain or clasp
KadiP4 months ago


Dropped my watch on the floor in the bathroom and the stupid things jump ring came off. So much hassle trying to open it and now i have i didnt know how to close it. Bugged me so much so thank you Instructables!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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:

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!