Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In My Studio - Jump Rings 101

Good Morning,

In an effort to keep things fresh, interesting, and entertaining we are going to try something new today. Upon the suggestion of a friend, I have created a 2:00 minute video on how to open and close a jump ring.  

A staple of all jewelry design and creation, at some point you're going to have to open and close one.  Jump rings are circles of metal wire that have been cut at a specific place to create an "open" ring, the ends are brought together to "close" the ring.  Finishing techniques, like soldering, can seal the cut in the ring to keep it closed permanently.  They can be made in a variety of sizes and shapes including circles (most common), ovals, triangles, or squares, and are not limited to just metal.  Rubber O-rings, Glass, Neoprene, and Gemstone "Doughnuts", as well as other materials can be found in may modern Chain Maille jewelry designs.

A variety of jump rings in Aluminum, Gunmetal, Gold Tone Brass, 
Silver Plated, Copper, very small surfaced dyed copper, and silver plated copper jewelry wire.

For Maille, hand position and movement is very important, it helps to keep the piece from getting marred or work damaged and to keep the Mailler's wrists healthy!  In the video below I attempt to show the correct or proper way to open a jump ring.

Thank you for stopping by.  Please feel free to leave a comment, feedback is always welcome.

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