Topics: Securing Jump Rings

Q.
I have a real problem trying to keep my jump rings closed so the wire doesn't slip through. Can you tell me what I need to do to fix this?
- Sue
A.
Jump rings are the most popular jewelry connector, so there is more than one answer to the weaknesses in jump rings. Below are a few helpful tips to keep your jump rings closed.

The first is to check the strength of the jump ring, when compared to the weight or the pressure the jewelry is putting on it. Jump rings 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 jump rings are being opened and shut properly: with a twist, not a pull. Jump rings which have been pulled apart to open, rather than twisted, are difficult to reclose snugly.

Finally, if jump rings 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 jump ring tightly.

Once the jump ring is closed, adding a drop of instant glue to the seam provides additional security. The only way to permanently secure jump rings is to solder them together. Some jump rings 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.

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