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Learn how to open and close jump rings
Jumps rings are used in so many jewelery projects, making chainmaille and connecting clasps and all manner of findings. People are often worried about them coming open, but if you use them correctly, they will hold your jewellery securely.

Posted by Make and Fable from Nottingham, England, United Kingdom • Published See Make and Fable's 9 projects »
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  • How to open and close a jump ring. How To Use Jump Rings - Step 1
    Step 1

    Grip the jump ring with both pairs of pliers. Rather than use the tips, try to grip the sides of the jump ring with the pliers. This way, you have more control and the jump ring is less likely to ping across the room!

  • How to open and close a jump ring. How To Use Jump Rings - Step 2
    Step 2

    Twist the jump ring open by moving one pair of pliers towards you and the other away from you. The jump ring should still have its circular profile, but with a gap so you can link on a clasp or chain.

  • How to open and close a jump ring. How To Use Jump Rings - Step 3
    Step 3

    To close the ring, twist the two halves back together, pushing then gently towards each other at the same time. You want to feel the ends of wire grating against one another so you know the ring will be tightly shut. Keep making small movements until the jump ring is fully closed.

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