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2 Ways to Make Wire Jump Rings for Jewelry Making

2 Ways to Make Wire Jump Rings for Jewelry Making

Bounce rings are a requirement for jewelry creating. Soar rings are applied to cling pendants, be part of components and attach results such as clasps and earring wires. Having a assortment of soar rings on hand can suggest the variation among finishing a jewelry job or ready for provides to be sent.

Jewelry making tools used to make jump rings

No subject how numerous sorts, variations and sizes of soar rings I have on hand, there are constantly times I can not locate the leap rings that I have to have.

So, the question is, do you acquire far more soar rings or ought to you learn how to make your have soar rings?

The sorts of soar rings you require differs for each jewellery maker and whether or not they make beadwork or wire jewelry. In normal, you probably have to have bounce rings built with distinctive gauges of wire, unique diameter rings and, of class, different metals (or colours). Jump rings also come in distinct designs, despite the fact that round and oval are the most common. 

Assortment of packages of jump rings

Just before I leap into the information of how to make leap rings, I need to allow you know that I have generally been firmly in favor of buying good quality leap rings. Even nevertheless jump rings will not commonly stand out in your jewelry layout, if they are inadequately built, you danger losing the jewelry when the bounce ring won’t remain closed. In common, I have imagined the pocket improve that you spend for each leap ring is really worth the financial commitment.

Almost nothing has specifically altered my intellect about the added benefits of getting soar rings, but as I stated, there are as well many instances I just can not obtain the ones that I require. In individuals instances, if I can make good top quality soar rings reasonably simply, I imagine it is time properly expended. Specially if it means the change between finishing a undertaking or having to wait around. For my ability level, I tried two methods to make soar rings.

The two alternatives on how to make leap rings are:

  • creating a wire coil and reducing the leap rings with wire cutters
  • creating a wire coil, holding it with BeadSmith coil cutting pliers and slicing leap rings with a jewelry building observed

Starting from the beginning, the steps to creating soar rings are:

  • decide on the wire gauge and form of wire to use
  • make a coil of wire on a mandrel with the diameter of the jump ring you want (inner diameter)
  • reduce apart the jump rings
  • deburr, get the job done harden and polish the leap rings as needed
You may perhaps by now have tons of issues about the very first two bullet points. What gauge wire ought to your use? What measurement coil really should you make? I previously wrote a really in depth posting about How to Opt for and Use Leap Rings for The Spruce Crafts. I feel it may aid reply some thoughts.

For me, the most beneficial leap rings for generating jewellery are manufactured from 

  • 18 gauge wire = major leap rings
  • 20 gauge wire = regular or average pounds bounce rings
  • 22 gauge wire = light-weight pounds jump rings

I generally use soar rings with an inner diameter concerning 3-5 mm. Larger gauge wire is used for lesser measurement soar rings, usually they aren’t robust sufficient.

I imagine the regular newbie process to slash leap rings is to use wire cutters, so I’ll go over that very first. 

tools to make jump rings with wire cutters

The resources and tools you require are:

(The inbound links in the resources/applications portion are affiliate backlinks to Amazon. I may perhaps get a compact fee at no value to you if you order employing a single of these hyperlinks)

For this soar ring challenge, I’ve almost built it a bizarre competitiveness. I start with the exact same sizing and kind wire coils, make bounce rings using each method and then review the success. I guess it will help me measure which a person is simpler, more quickly, much better, a lot more helpful, and so forth.

making a wire coil on 6 step mandrel pliers

The very first stage, make a coil of wire in the dimensions and form of wire for your leap rings. I utilized the 6 phase mandrel pliers and coil toward the handles so I don’t operate out of home.

4 wire coils for jewelry making

I started off with about 6 inches of wire for every single coil, 1 is 18 gauge copper, the other is 20 gauge jeweler’s brass. The copper coil is wound on a 5mm mandrel and the brass wire is coiled on a 4mm mandrel.

cutting a wire coil to make jump rings

Minimize the very first edge of the wire leaving the flush reduce on the coil side.

cutting a wire coil to make jump rings

Transform your wire cutters and line them up powering the 1st slash so you can cut a total jump ring. Test to hold every thing so the bounce rings or minimize ends really don’t fly.

Repeat right up until you’ve cut the whole coil.

What you can’t see in the movie previously mentioned is genuinely the funny section of me turning the wire cutters like I am a gun slinger from the west. They’re flipping like insane in between cuts.

brass jump rings made with wire cutter

In this article are the 20 gauge brass rings that I slash in the video clip immediately after I shut them. Most are spherical and shut properly. They could use a tumble or likely in excess of with steel wool or even a sharpening pad or  buffer to clear up some burrs. 

brass jump ring close up view

This is a near up of the reduce edges. They’re rather wonderful.

Now for the other selection to make leap rings by applying a jeweler’s saw and the BeadSmith jump ring instrument – which was a complete experiment for me. 

Truly the two were an experiment, if I’m sincere, but I have not employed my jewellery noticed in a looong time, so this was really a extend for me. 

tools to make jump rings with jump ring tool and saw

In this article are the products for the 2nd spherical of creating bounce rings. 

*Identical disclaimer that the links above are from Amazon and could consequence in improve in my pocket at no expense to you.

Here is a rapid about look at of the bounce ring instrument.

jump ring tool with wire coil in jaws

It is crafted like pliers, so the jaws open up and shut, but the jaws are made use of to maintain the coil of wire for making the leap rings. 

It has a pin attached inside the jaws that preserve the coil aligned with slits which is where the observed blade goes by to reduce the coil. 

The pin protrudes out the again of the pliers and is employed to prop up or rest the pliers even though you are sawing. The slits are on both sides of the plier, but you are really only sawing down the rings on one aspect.

jump ring tool with wire coil in jaws

Here’s the copper coil loaded and completely ready for the lubricated saw blade.  

using saw to cut jump rings from coil held by jump ring tool

In this article, the noticed blade is in position, but you can probably see if I do not angle the blade, I’m heading to get a bunch of half circles alternatively of circles. So, the entrance of the saw blade is touching the coil and the back is angled greater to prevent reducing it.

coil with partially cut jump rings

A steady difficulty that I experienced was the coil dragging ahead in the jaws in the course of the slicing procedure.  This messes up the rings and the coil and was frustrating. I feel this is component of the discovering curve and has enhanced based on how I angle my saw and the pliers, but I have killed very a few coils.

If you enjoy the online video over, it demonstrates one particular of the ways I solved the coil crunching was by angling the soar ring instrument absent from me, so the sawing motion pulls the coil towards the tool rather of out of it.

jump rings and debris from jump ring tool/saw

For example, here’s the end outcomes from the copper coil. A few fantastic bounce rings and a blob of coil remnant.

jump rings and debris from jump ring tool/saw

I tended to do better with a lesser diameter coil, so the brass gave me a few additional jump rings and fewer squander.

jump ring close up

The quality of the rings, when they flip out, is truly quite substantial. They join effectively and have some burrs, but they are quick to brush off.

jump ring comparison using wire cutter vs saw

I did say this was a quasi levels of competition, so here are the benefits. The wire cutter rings are on the left, the observed and coil holder are on the proper.

Producing jump rings with high quality wire cutters is so substantially a lot easier, with less mess and with comparable high quality, that I am not guaranteed I will at any time use the BeadSmith soar ring device all over again (other than to verify to myself I realize how to use it). I acquired 50% a lot less copper rings applying the noticed system (and I know I cheated and minimize one particular of them). 

Apart from acquiring my fingers soiled with some equipment I have not employed in ages, I did refresh some outdated skills and study that I will make jump rings utilizing my wire cutters in the upcoming. Not always, but if I require a little something and can’t obtain it in my stash and really don’t want to wait around. 

I may possibly also change my suggestions to novice wire jewellery makers that they need to check out to make their very own soar rings, alternatively of declaring it is just not truly worth it.  But I will add the caveat to make positive the high quality of their handmade jump rings is good given that their jewellery depends on it.