What they are:
Jump rings are very important components to our jewelry creations. They are circles made of wire coming in different sizes.
If your rings are not top quality, no matter how good your jewelry techniques are, they will get disconnected and your charms will not be properly connected and… disaster.
What are they used for:
They can be used in many ways such as securing clasps and connecting charms.
How to do them yourself
With the help of your round nose pliers, start folding around them your wire
Depending on where you are folding the wire, the loops will be bigger or smaller
Fold around a couple of times, making sure that you fold from the bottom, that is the loops will go high and you are always using the same size
Once you have enough, get the loops out of the pliers
Using the wire cutter, start cutting the loops/coils. You may want to file the side that is pointed a little with a jeweler’s file, making sure that there is no gap between both sides of the ring.
If needed, flatten them up with the flat nose pliers, and you can hammering them on a metal bench block to harden them.