Jump Rings

jump rings
Chainnose pliers can be used for all sorts of things, including breaking off beadwork, as demonstrated here.


Jewelry jump rings

Jump rings are circles of wire that are used to connect one object to another.  You may purchase jump rings or you may create your own.

Opening and closing jump rings

To open a jump ring, grasp each side of its opening with a pair of pliers.  Don’t pull apart.  Instead, twist in opposite directions so that you can open and close without distorting the shape.

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Michelle M.

About Michelle M.

I was the founding editor of Beading Daily (2007-2009) and my now a freelance designer/writer/editor.  My designs have been published in Stringing, Step by Step Beads, Jewelry Gifts for the Holidays, Creative Jewelry, Beadwork, and other magazines. I enjoy stringing, bead embroidery, wirework, metal work, mixed media, beadweaving—pretty much anything that involves beads or jewelry.  I also enjoy exploring new crafts like pottery and felting.  I write a personal blog if you want to see more of my work. 16+ Free Beading Projects: A list of the free projects I created for Beading Daily. Contact Info If you have a question regarding Beading Daily, please contact customer service at beadingdaily@interweave.com or the current editor, Kristal Wick. If you'd like to contact me, you'll find my info on my website:  www.michellemach.com.  You can also follow me on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/beadsandbooks Pictured here is a pair of earrings I made for the Spring 2010 issue of Stringing in an attempt to get over my fear of designing with the color orange!