How to make jump rings

jump rings

Jump rings are mostly used as connectors and links, but there are many more things they can be used for. You might need different sizes of rings, therefore you will need different sizes of dowels (either wood or steel), or something similar to wrap (coil) your wire around. Here are some things I’ve used to make different size rings: round pencils, an awl, thin paint brushes, and even my round nose pliers.

What you need:

  • 18g or 20g wire (length depends on how many you want to make)
  • dowel or something similar (see above)
  • side cutters
  • chain nose pliers
  • round nose pliers

Step 1:

Put the tip of the wire onto the dowel (or whatever you are using) and hold it tight with one hand.

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Step 2:

Start the coiling process by wrapping the wire close to the edge of the dowel. Try not to leave spaces between the coils. Wrap the wire as many times as you need rings.

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Step 3:

Pull the coil apart. Use your side cutters and cut the first ring right where the end of the coil is so that it makes a circle. Try cutting in a straight line to make full circle rings.

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Step 4:

Take one ring and grip each end with your chain nose and round nose pliers. To open or close it, move your pliers in opposite directions.

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