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How to Open and Close a Jump Ring

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring
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Jewelry making starts with the basics, and jump rings are important jewelry making components you'll use in almost every project. Jump rings are used to connect clasps, charms, bead loops, and so much more. Follow this tutorial for How to Open and Close a Jump Ring to make sure your jewelry projects are solid and secure. This also comes in handy when you want to repair your own jewelry.

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Instructions:

  1. To open or close a jump ring, it's easiest to use two pairs of needle nose pliers. If you only have one pair, you can hold one side with your fingers.
     
  2. If there is a gap, close it by moving the sides up and down, pressing gently together. The ends should slightly overlap, then snap together tightly so the tension of the metal will hold the gap closed.
     
  3. When you open a jump ring (or any loop), twist it open rather than pulling it open so it will hold tight when re-closed.

    How to Open and Close a Jump Ring

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