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Topics: Wire, Pliers, Jumprings

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I've been having an extremely frustrating time trying to get jump rings cut using the coil cutting pliers. I'm using 20 gauge, silver coated copper. The coil I'm cutting is 4mmOD and I'm using a 2/0 blade to cut (I've tried 1/0 as well because I keep having difficulty). There is an immense amount of resistance from the moment I start trying to saw through the coil. What starts to happen is the coil starts to pull apart as I'm sawing which leaves gnarled jump rings and only causes more snagging until the coil is eventually completely unusable.

So far, I've tried making sure the coil is rolled tight to begin with (no space between one ring and the next), have made sure I've got a good grip on the plier handles (no limp wristing) and I've played with various saw strokes from short and fast to longer and slower, to shorter and slower. I think I've tried a good 20 times or so to this point and am completely at a loss.

Is it the wire I'm using? Do I need to beeswax the blades maybe? It's gotten to the point where it's so discouraging I've gone back to simply cutting rings with my Tronex flush cutters. The whole point of getting the coil cutting pliers was to make the whole thing faster any easier. Any insights would be incredibly helpful as I do quite a volume of chain maille jewelry and this tool could be indispensable if I could just get it to play nicely. Thanks!
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Topics: Jumprings

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How do I determine the OD of a jumpring when all I have is the ID and the gauge?
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Topics: Jumprings

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Hi, I was just wondering what you would use the 12 and 14 gauge jumprings for. They seem really strong and are really thick and awkward, can they be used for chainmaillele or are they just for connecting things?
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Topics: Jumprings, Soldering

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How do you use liquid solder? Do you have to use a torch? I am an amateur but need to know how to close silver jumprings.
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Topics: Making Jumprings

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I am interested in making some chainmaille jewelry. One bracelet only gives the number of jumprings needed in troy ounces. Since I'm just learning, I want to make it in silver plated rings, and not sterling silver. I intend to make my own rings and was wondering if there is a conversion chart to figure out the number of rings I need to make (not how many ounces). I assume it also depends on the gauge and diameter of the rings. I need to make 18 gauge, 6.5mm rings. I can't seem to find any resources for figuring this out. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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Topics: Findings, Scale to Design

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How do I know what size split ring, jumpring and wire to use on a project?
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Topics: Findings, Jumprings

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I am a chain mail artist considering making my own sterling silver jump rings. Is the cost saving to buy sterling wire and make the rings myself worth the effort? My preferences for wire are 16 and 18 gauge half-hard wire.
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Topics: Jumpring, Soldering

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I understand the basics of soldering a jumpring, but everything I've read and watched shows soldering a jumpring by itself. I need to use soldered jumprings to permanently close a piece. In other words there will be closures and beadwork on either side of the jumpring I am soldering. How do I solder this jumpring without damaging my work?
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Topics: Jumprings, Tools

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I've seen Chainmaille sites online and thought, "Wow, that looks cool! I want to make it!" How can I cut the wire to make jump rings, without it flattening the end of the cut part? I know I can buy machine made jumprings that are perfectly shaped and cut, but I want to make my own, so I can fabricate the entire piece. I've been using regular wire cutters, and am looking for a cutter that won't flatten the jumpring ends. Thanks,
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Topics: Jumprings, Wire, Chain

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I love to make chainmaille jewelry. I want to start making my own jumprings but I don't know if I should use full-hard or half-hard wire. I like 18 and 20 gauge and I know you carry both.
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Topics: Findings, Jumpring, Making

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I would like to make jumprings out of 18 and 20 gauge wire. Should I use full-hard or half-hard tempered wire?
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Topics: Jumprings, Chainmaille

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I was wondering what size, gauge, soft, hard, etc. you would use to make a sterling silver chainmaille bracelet? Is there a standard and does that stand true for copper and bronze?
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Topics: Jumprings, Round, Oval

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I am making earrings and a necklace using 2-3 links. Should I use a round jumpring or an oval jumpring to attach the links?
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Topics: Jumprings, Toggle Clasp

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How do you measure a jumpring, so you know what to order, I'm using them on a toggle clasp for a spoon bracelet.
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Topics: Jumprings

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What are the most common sizes and strengths for jumprings? Obviously size matters regarding whatever piece of jewelry you are working on, but when ordering in bulk or just larger amounts is there a good all round gauge and size you suggest?
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Topics: Jumprings, Adhesive

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Sure hope you can help me. I'm making a necklace and my pendant is a lampwork bead, sort of rondelle shaped. I want to use a large jumpring, 17mm, but I am having trouble as it does not seem secure on the necklace. Is there something I can use or some technique to keep this ring securely closed? I really don't want to invest in or learn soldering. Thank you so much.
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Topics: Chainmaille, Jumprings, Glue

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I have discovered the joys (and tribulations) of working with jumprings in making chainmaille jewelry. Besides soldering the rings closed, is there a special glue that can be used? I love working with jumprings of all sizes and would like to know that the jewelry I make will stay together. Thank you!!
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Topics: Split Rings

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I like using the split rings that go around twice at the ends of my necklaces, is there an easy way to open them without buying the tool that is designed to do that?
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Topics: Jumprings, Solder, Torch

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Can I solder jumprings with the Microtorch?
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Topics: Adhesives, Jumprings

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Can you glue a regular jumpring? If so, which glue would work best?
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