Daily Wire Tip Feb. 3: Strengthening Jump Rings

By on February 3, 2010
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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
February 03, 2010

Question:

I made several sterling necklaces for Christmas, right away the  silver bail unwound that I made to fit the chain, and the silver jump rings came apart! Are there stronger jump rings? What would you suggest?

Answer:

As I have no idea how you created your bails or what shape and temper of wire was used for the bail or the jump rings, if you made your bail with round wire and wrapped it with round wire, try using square as it has edges that will catch. If you used any wire temper other than half-hard or spring hard to make the jump rings, then you need to work harden your rings in a tumbler before using them. If the jump rings were made of a smaller gauged wire, try a larger one next time.

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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  1. avatar

    marjorie macfarlane

    February 3, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Also if you when you are closing the jump rings using two sets of pliars of you work the ring past the closing point back and forward a few times that helps it to harden and spring back into the centre.

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