How to Open and Close a Jump Ring the Right Way – Jewelry Tutorial HQ

Hey everybody! This is Jessica from
and Bespangled Beads on Etsy. Today I’m going to show you the right way
to open and close a jump ring. A jump ring, by definition, is a metal ring
where the ends meet but are not welded or soldered together. You use them when attaching two components
together when making jewelry, such as attaching a clasp to the end of a chain or a cord. So let’s learn how to open and close a jump
ring! The tools that we are going to use include
chain nose pliers here on the left and bent chain nose pliers on the right, or you can
use two pairs of chain nose pliers or two pairs of bent nose pliers. Now we’re going to take one of our jump rings,
and grasp it firmly in the jaws of the chain nose pliers making sure that the opening of
the ring is pointing upward. Now with your other pair of pliers, grab the
other side of the jump ring. You want to make sure you have a lot of the ring supported
by the pliers, as opposed to just holding it with the tips like this where you’re not
going to open the ring, first of all, and you are likely to also scratch and damage
the metal. So you’re just going to twist one of the pliers
away from you and the other one towards you gently. You always want to open a jump ring
this way – from front to back instead of side to side. And I’m going to show you again from a different
angle. You can see how easily that moves. That’s the motion that you want to replicate. So now we’ve got our open jump ring, we can
slide on the end of the cord or whatever we are wanting to connect, and then the clasp
that we want to connect it to. And using that same twisting motion with your
pliers, twist and then wiggle until you get the ends to meet. Now I want you to always resist the urge to
squish the ring with the pliers – that’s just going to weaken the ring and ruin it. So that’s it folks, it’s just that easy! This
video has been an excerpt from another video where I show you how to make this leather
necklace. You can click here if you’d like to learn how to do that. I hope you’ll visit me at
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