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:
- two tiny sets of pliers
- jump rings
- things to attach jump rings to, like a chain or clasp
Step 2: Opening, part one.
Try to get as close to the split as possible, but make sure your pliers are not touching!
Step 3: Opening, part two.
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.
Make sure not to pull outwards or the ends will not meet up!
Step 5: Other info + video!
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.