The first is to check the strength of the jumpring, when compared to the weight or the pressure the jewelry is putting on it. Jumprings of lighter gauges (20-gauge and higher) should be reserved for more delicate jewelry and lightweight components. Sturdier gauges (18-gauge and lower) can bear the weight of heavier beads and designs using large gemstone or metal beads.
Finally, if jumprings just aren't fitting together snugly, no matter how much you try to bend them back and forth, you can try the loop-closing pliers to close the jumpring tightly.
Once the jumpring is closed, adding a drop of instant glue to the seam provides additional security. The only way to permanently secure jumprings is to solder them together. Some jumprings are already soldered closed; others you can solder shut yourself with the use of a butane torch. You might also consider using split rings (think of key rings). They are slightly more difficult to use, but much safer and more effective.
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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