I have a real problem trying to keep my jumprings closed so the wire doesn't slip through. Can you tell me what I need to do to fix this?
Jumprings are the most popular jewelry connector, so there is more than one answer to the weaknesses in jumprings. Below are a few helpful tips to keep your jumprings closed.
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.
The second is to check that jumprings are being opened and shut properly: with a twist, not a pull. Jumprings which have been pulled apart to open, rather than twisted, are difficult to reclose snugly.
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 closed 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.