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Jump Rings - Best Size?

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« on: May 10, 2015, 02:08:47 pm »

Hi!

What size jump rings do you use?

There are some that are so dang small I don't see how you could use pliers to open and close them.

Thanks,

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2015, 02:56:13 pm »

My jump ring sizes depends on what they are going on.  I use round nose pliers to make the round then check it out if it is too small I'll take my needle nose pliers and push it down until I get the round I'm looking for..................... dunno

It also depends on the gauge of wire I'm using....................
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015, 02:59:01 pm »

Sorry, should have said Pendants mostly. Maybe the odd necklace.

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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015, 06:09:42 pm »

1st I start with this.................



then this......................



It's not a jump ring.........but it looks much better.............................

When it's done.....................

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2015, 06:33:21 pm »

Steve is spot on.  Depending on how it all fits together.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2015, 03:31:15 am »

That looks great! But a bit more than I can do.

I'm just trying to figure out what size jump rings to get. I know it's relative to the item it's being put on
but was hoping there was a general rule as to size ratio. They have assortments you can get but then
you probably end up with a bunch of sizes that will never use.

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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2015, 04:36:30 pm »

Why buy jump rings,  you probably have an assortment of wire on hand,  wind it a few time around a dowel and cut free with a piercing saw (jewelers saw)  Making your own jump rings you can then make the jump rings to suit the use intended.  As for sizing the jump rings, it will come with experience,  do not use light gauge wire with a heavy pendant, or consersly do not use heavy wire with a light pendant.  You will also in most instances have to solder the jump ring closed to prevent it from pulling open in use.
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