Topics: Using Jump Rings with A Magnetic Clasp

Q.
How do I attach a jump ring to a magnetic clasp? Once the ring is open, it is hard to get it back together securely. Is it necessary to use jump rings for certain clasps? I haven't been using them with other clasps...
- Leigh
A.
The use of a jump ring with your clasp depends on your own personal preference.

If your design preference includes jump rings, check that the gauge of the jump ring is suitable 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.

When jump rings are used, make certain they 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. Jump rings are not closed seamlessly unless they are soldered together. You might also consider using split rings (think of key rings). They are slightly more difficult to use, but much safer and more effective.

In addition to using jump rings to attach your clasp securely to your design, you can use a double simple loop or a double-wrapped loop.

You can also use Accu-Flex® professional-quality beading wire to attach your clasp to your design, attaching the wire to the clasp loops using crimp beads.

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