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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Make Your Own Jump Rings using a jeweler's saw
How to Make Your Own Jump Rings using wire cutters

 


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  • I like chain so much that back in April I spent a full day making my own in a wireworking workshop. Using steel wire, I made my own jump rings, formed my own links, hammered them, joined them, and polished the finished piece. The best tip I learned: once you've figured out the size of wire you need
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  • It wasn’t all that long ago that I used nothing but sterling silver in all my jewelry. My ear wires, clasps, jump rings, chain, even crimps, all of it was sterling. Of course, that was back when gas was a dollar, our houses were worth more than we’d ever dreamed , and our 401Ks were making us feel like
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  • I am so a Summer girl. Warm weather means lighter clothing in both color and fabric weight, so I can wear jewelry against my skin instead of around a turtleneck--so many more parts to adorn, from throat and ears, to arms, wrists, ankles and even toes. (I have to admit I can’t get comfy wearing toes rings
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  • Recently, Stringing editor Danielle Fox and I were marveling over a necklace that had been submitted to the summer issue by sisters Silvija and Taya Koschnick. It was so simple, yet very appealing, the kind of piece that both of us would feel comfortable wearing often, even though our personal styles
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  • More than once this week I’ve run out of a certain bead at the end of a piece. And I don’t mean three-quarters of the way through. I mean I literally need just one or two more beads to finish. It’s a situation that’s not quite worth making an extra trip to the bead store, but surely warrants a full-scale
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  • Beadwork Pattern Play Challenge Deadline: August 3, 2009 Did you enjoy seeing how five designers created projects inspired by swatches of pattern in the June/July issue of Beadwork (page 56, Pattern Play Challenge)? Did you check out the two free charts
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  • A Lifetime Supply of Wire When I started working with wire, my local bead shop talked me into a 20-foot spool of silver craft wire for practicing wrapped loops. I left there convinced that I had bought a "lifetime" supply of wire. It took me
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  • Of course you can! The real challenge is to design something for that amount that looks like it came from a pricey boutique--or Stringing magazine. Danielle Fox, Elizabeth Murray, and I all took the challenge for the Spring 2009 issue. I had so much fun, I decided to make a second "under $25"
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  • Check these pages for instructions, illustrations, related articles/magazines/books, and occasional videos on how to bead , create jewelry, whether you favor bead stitching, stringing, or wireworking. You'll also find links to selected articles on
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  • The first reader gallery of 2009 includes designs by 35 readers from all over the world, including Mexcio, Greece, the United Kingdom, and Germany. From simple strung necklaces to a Victorian-style beaded bag with size 15 beads to a bead embroidered pin, you'll find something to love in this gallery
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  • Beading Daily readers are full of questions! I was reminded of this when editor Michelle Mach sent me dozens of your questions this month, ranging anywhere from “How do I hang an 18mm heart pendant? Jump rings don’t seem to work.” (use a pinch or prong bail instead) to “How do I remove a crimp cover
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  • Singers have American Idol. Fashion designers have Project Runway. Cooks have Top Chef. And now beaders have . . Bead Star!
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  • Penny-pinchers fear not, because there’s an affordable solution that’s often overlooked, or simply used as scrap metal by wire artists…craft wire. Craft wire usually has a copper core (varieties are available with tin, bronze, or nickel), so it’s totally affordable. But the best part about it is that
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  • If it's been your dream to see your project published, but have felt nervous about the submission process, you'll find inspiration in Lynn Davy's story. One of her first submissions was to the "Bead Boy" reader challenge in Beadwork magazine two years ago. She might never have worked
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  • One of the things I love most about jewelry is the diversity it affords (no pun intended!). Sure, I drool over the Tiffany’s catalogs, and gawk at the windows in the Diamond District when I’m in New York City. But my favorite pieces of jewelry contain no gold and no precious stones. Instead
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  • A quick chain maille necklace is like a quickie meal at an exclusive 5-star restaurant. It just isn't possible!
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  • I had all the on- and off-loom techniques down pat before I discovered that bead stringing can be an equally refreshing and creative mind teaser. As a technique for making jewelry, stringing is definitely easier than bead weaving, but once you delve into it deeper, you find there’s a nice design challenge
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  • When I was in my teens, platform shoes came into fashion. Remember Elton John on his tall elevator boots? My mother was quick to point out that she’d worn platform shoes all through the '30s and '40s. Of course, I was not in a position to recall the '30s or '40s. But when bell bottoms
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  • Every Friday I share a free project on Beading Daily. Today, in honor of Beading Daily's one year anniversary, I wanted to introduce you to a bunch of projects--all the projects from the current season of Beads, Baubles, & Jewels which runs on public television.
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  • Over the weekend, I flipped through a couple of books looking for different things to try. Making Colorful Wire and Beaded Jewelry by Linda Jones had some tips on what not to do, so of course I thought I'd try those things! Sometimes, as crazy as it sounds, it helps me to make those mistakes and
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  • In my editor’s letter in the Summer issue of Stringing, I mention how a comment from Beth Garbo, owner of Mystic, Connecticut’s You’ve GOT to be Beading, struck a chord with me: "Our customers love Stringing magazine—it’s awesome to see them inspired by other artists." It made me realize that
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  • Back in April, I wrote about how I sketched the design for my chain maille necklace ("Rambling Rose"). I had so many emails from beaders who also sketched their designs that I decided to ask everyone--Do you sketch your designs? More than 1,300 responded and only 26% answered "no"
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  • Inspired by a Beading Daily Reader Today's post marks a Beading Daily first: my challenge project for Beadwork's June/July issue was directly inspired by one of you! When Beading Daily reader Bethany sent me an email asking me about creating jewelry
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  • Wireworking Wire is a versatile jewelry design element that may be used to connect chain or beaded links, to embellish beads, to hang pendants, or create a number of elements like head pins, eye pins, ear wires, bails, pin backs, ring shanks, clasps,
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  • I asked our Bead Fest instructors to share some of their top beading tips. From beadweaving to wirework to keeping track of your projects, you'll find all sorts of great ideas to make your beading better. Click on the links to learn more about the
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  • Are you new to beading? Are you wondering what can you do with all those beads you have stashed away? Beading Daily contributing editor Sandi Wiseheart shares a quick overview of some common beading techniques: Stringing: This is the first thing most
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  • Wired on Wire Remember your first simple loop? I remember mine. Santa Monica, 1990. It wasn't neat and it wasn't pretty, but it opened up a whole new wirey world to me. I guess you could call it an "entry" technique. Not far behind were
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  • The Perfect Souvenir Some tourists may snap up T-shirts or boxes of salt water taffy, but when I travel, it's all about the beads. A bead or even a handful of beads is the perfect souvenir--small, not too pricey, and lasting, never shrinking or fading
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  • Attention Beading Men: This post does not refer to you, not one bit. I asked a knitter friend recently what she thought knitters like to make most for the men in their lives. She said, "Oh, come on. Most knitters would rather spend the time making
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  • Silence is (not) golden Silence is not really golden--at least for beaders. Seventy-four percent of nearly 1,000 beaders who voted in the latest poll bead while listening to music! Rock was the first choice (27%), followed by classical music (24%). Pop
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  • Beading Dangerously The Beadwork challenge kit for the April/May issue didn't look dangerous. Provided by Bead It !, the kit contained garnets, seed beads, metal rounds, pearls, rondelles, fire-polished rounds, and a clasp. Not a subtle, dainty clasp
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  • I went at little bead crazy at Bead Expo Portland . Maybe it was the crazy weather (sun-rain-hail-snow!). Maybe it was the fact that the last bead show I attended was back in September and I was feeling a bit bead deprived. Maybe it was the huge bead
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  • It's All About Family One of the joys of giving handmade jewelry is the ability to create something unique for one particular person--something that you can't just go buy in a cookie-cutter mall. The Dear to My Heart bracelet by Jean Yates is
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  • What's in a name? Awhile back, I heard from several readers who were having trouble finding the "basket-weave crimp end findings" that Carol Huber Cypher mentions in Mastering Beadwork . I did a little looking around online and only found
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  • Jean Yates's jewelry designs regularly appear in beading magazines, including Stringing, Beadwork, Simply Beads, and BeadStyle. She also recently published her first jewelry design book, Links. Jean lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband Jim and three of her five sons. Jean's
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  • y Holiday Beading Above: One of my holiday gifts decorated with a ceramic snowman bead from Studio 59 . I've finished my holiday beading! It helped that my list was short this year--two pairs of earrings, a purple chain maille bracelet, and a few
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  • Holiday Beading Projects Are you making any beaded gifts this year? Over the weekend, I made my first beaded holiday gift--a quick necklace for my stylish new office mate. (I'll share a photo next week.) I also have two pairs of chain maille earrings
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  • Welcoming a New Jewelry Designer A few weeks ago, I had an email from a new jewelry designer. She enjoys working on projects like Leslee Frumin's right-angle weave necklace, Puttin' on the Ritz. (Her version is pictured at left; instructions are
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  • Oh, Those O-Rings! When was the last time you shopped in a hardware store for your jewelry components? (It's been a couple of months for me, personally.) This week's featured project from the editors of Step by Step Wire Jewelry uses three sizes
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  • Make Your Own Beads with Polymer Clay and Rubber Stamps Isn't it funny how you sometimes start out in one craft and end up going back to it years later? I used to be into rubber stamping--on paper--so this Rubber Stamping Polymer Clay Beads project
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  • The Sparkle of Silver (And Other Favorite Metals) Rectangle Bangle by Stephanie Everett features silver wire. Who doesn't love silver? Apparently, not many! More than 1,000 readers voted in the latest poll ("What's your favorite metal?"
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  • Happy Labor Day! If you have the day off, I hope you're enjoying yourself! Traditionally, Labor Day has marked the end of summer and the beginning of fall in the U.S., even though summer officially does not end until September 22. I always find this
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  • Last spring, I met a beader who who proudly proclaimed that she created peyote stitch bracelets with size 15 beads, nothing else. She had absolutely no interest in learning other techniques, other forms (Necklaces? Why?) or even using different sizes
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  • Necklace by Ashley, a teen member of Ohio Beaders Last year, at the age of 14 1/2, Ashley created this beautiful rhodonite, black onyx, and sterling silver necklace and earring set. ( See a close-up of her project .) Ashley creates a lot of "emergency
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  • On the surface, the Dancing Daisy Necklace by Melanie Brooks Lukacs looks like a traditionally strung necklace—a beautiful, symmetrical pattern with porcelain flower beads in springtime pastel shades and a coordinating flower toggle clasp. Upon
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  • Beading Daily contributing editor Sandi Wiseheart offers some advice about making wire loops: Even though it may be invisible, the type of string, wire, thread, or cord you choose to make your jewelry is critical to the overall success of the piece. Heavy
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