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What is the definition of a "finding"?

A "finding" is a jewelry-making term which defines a metal component used to connect and assemble jewelry. They are products used to thread through,...

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.

Liquid Solder is a brand name adhesive which does not require the use of a torch; it is used to seal the seam or joint in metal. Liquid solder is not...

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?

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...

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

To measure the outside diameter (OD) of a jumpring, use a sliding gauge, or caliper. Slide the gauge so the tabs are separated enough to fit the...

Is there an increased demand for wire and chainmaille jewelry? I have noticed articles and magazines catering to wire and jumpring/chainmaille jewelry a lot lately.

Yes, you are absolutely right. Wire and chainmaille designs are hot, showing up in fashion, magazines, articles and classes across the...

Could you please explain how to make jumprings? What do you use to cut them?

To make your own jumprings, tightly coil your wire around a jumpring mandrel at the desired width. Remove the coil. Use flush-cutters to cut away one...

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

The easiest and most precise way to measure the outside diameter of a jumpring is with a digital caliper. You can use a brass manual caliper too. If...

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

Adding a drop of adhesive to the joint of the jumpring gives it added strength and helps keep the ring from pulling open. Clear craft cement such as...

I was wondering what jumprings (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?

A variety of jumprings work for making chainmaille jewelry, but as a rule the heavier gauges (16, 18 and 20-gauges) of half-hard to hard wire work...

Can I solder jumprings with the Microtorch?

The Microtorch was designed to work with solder and flux to solder precious metal items together, and it will indeed solder jumprings (including the...

I bought this beautiful sterling silver interlocking hearts chain and plan to use it for a charm bracelet. I'm not sure how to attach a clasp to it, or what kind of clasp would be best. Can you advise?

The best type of clasp to use is based mostly on one you like and one that fits the overall style of your chain or finished design. The other...

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

Work with either dead-soft or half-hard temper wire. Each wire will give you ease of forming the rings on a mandrel, as well as allow you to cut...

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?

Large jumprings can be very handy once you start using them. This lovely necklace is a great example of how to make use of large jumprings in a...

How do I get jumprings to close securely and stay closed? Several have come loose, allowing the attached object to come off and be lost.

You can solder the jumprings closed with easy solder and a butane torch, or reference the how-to video and illustrated instructions.When I'm working...

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

You want the scale of your findings to balance well with your other components, as well as hold your design together. Reviewing the scale of the...

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?

Either round or oval jumprings can be used in your earrings and necklace. Choose the type that fits best with your design.When the design doesn't...

What is the most secure way to attach a charm or bead to chain?

There are several methods of attaching findings to chain. All are equally secure and offer a variety of design possibilities. Lobster claw clasps are...

What is the best way to attach a center drilled pendant to a necklace?

There are several ways you can go about attaching a center-drilled pendant…here are a few options:You can create a double wrapped loop:Cut a 3-inch...

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?

The best way to open split rings without the use of split ring pliers is to pry open one end of the split ring's wire using a fingernail or fine...

How do you add beads to the cell phone cords?

The mini /zipper pulls are designed to attach to your cell phone by looping the cord through the lanyard holes found on the side or top of some phone...

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