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Jump rings for jewelry? Answered

i recently bought a jump ring maker at hobby lobby but the best wire i can find it aluminum wire. i need something that i can make small jump rings with, not expensive, can be bought in a store, and is stiff. any help here please?

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Burf

Best Answer 8 years ago

Check with some of your local hardware stores for annealed stainless steel wire. You can get a one pound roll for a relatively low price. Its soft enough to be bent in a jump ring maker but stiff enough for most jewellery applications.

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rickharris

8 years ago

In general jewellery should be made from a metal that will not react with the skin. Nickle and cadmium are not good prospected in this area so for purists silver and gold are the metals. Silver wire is fairly easily available at reasonable prices through the internet.

Copper can work BUT will make you skin green.

Stainless is OK but here you would find it hard to get pre annealed stainless wire in small diameters.

Our stores have a lot of anodised wire for decorative jewellery you could use that. Joining the rings up is difficult as aluminium won't easily solder.

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lemonierickharris

Answer 8 years ago

Do people use Cd? I wouldn't have thought of that.
Don't forget Pt.

L

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Burflemonie

Answer 8 years ago

If it is made in China, its quite possible. Lots of kids metallic toys have been recalled in the U.S. because they contained cadmium.

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lemonieBurf

Answer 8 years ago


"Contained" is a world away from "being made of". But it was just a jewelry-metal question.

L

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rickharrislemonie

Answer 8 years ago

You may get it as a coating or as an alloy - some pewter may have Cd in it. Either way not good.

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ShootingStars

8 years ago

I buy my jump rings by I bet the wire used for chainmail will work.

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frollardShootingStars

Answer 8 years ago

Yeah, spring steel should work, so long as the springback doesn't prevent you from making the rings.