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How to Open and Close Jump Rings

Jewellery Making Techniques

Opening Jump Rings

Required materials:

  • Jump Ring
  • Chain Nose Pliers (2x - second pair is optional)

Instructions:

1 Hold the jump ring on one side of the break with chain nose pliers, then hold the other side with another pair of chain nose pliers. If you don't have another pair of pliers, simply hold the other side between your index finger and thumb.

2 Gently twist one side of the jump ring away from you, only as wide as required. It's important that you don't pull the ring apart to stretch out the circle – this will distort the shape of the finding! You're now ready to attach to another element as required.

Closing Jump Rings

Required materials:

  • Jump Ring
  • Chain Nose Pliers (x2 - second pair is optional)
  • Loop Closing Pliers (optional)

Instructions:

1 Again, hold the jump ring on one side with your chain nose pliers, and then hold the other side with another pair of pliers or between your finger and thumb – this time the jump ring will be open.

2 Twist one side of the jump ring back towards you – the same side you twisted open. If the jump ring's still slightly open or you're struggling to completely align both sides, it may be worth gently wiggling them to completely close the gap.

3 Alternatively, you can use a pair of loop closing pliers to quickly and simply push the loop closed after twisting it back towards you.