Daily Wire Tip Dec. 24: Jump Ring Measurements

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Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip for
December 24, 2010


What gauge wire and temper are jump rings generally made of in a 4mm size?

-Judy in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts


Judy, the size of jump rings is usually either the inside diameter, or ID (measuring the inside of the ring from side to side, directly across the center); or the outside diameter, or OD (measuring the outside of the ring from side to side, directly across the center). Wire-Sculpture.com’s jump rings are all labeled by the OD (outer diameter).

A 4mm jump ring can be made with about any gauge wire you desire. Most folks use dead soft for larger wire gauges like 14, 16 and 18; half hard wire in gauges 20 down to 22 works well. Your choice of wire gauge and temper will depend on what you are making. Hope that helps!

Note: Tip of the Day is taking a break for December 25 & 26. Merry Christmas, and see you on Monday!

Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong

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    Linda Overman

    December 24, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Merry Christmas Dale and all the wonderful W/S team.
    Linda O

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      December 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks so much Linda!! All my best to you and yours : )

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    December 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Wishes to the WS Team and Dale. Thanks for the great service and knowledge you bring to us. Judi

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    Judy Hansen

    December 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Merry Christmas to all at WS. I look forward to your blog daily and learn so much.

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    Kathy Bloom

    December 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Merry Christmas to everyone at Wire-Sculpture!

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    Pat Howard

    December 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    A belated Merry Christmas to all of you at WS! I have to tell you that you were my very best discovery in 2010! Thank you for all you do to help those of us who love making jewelry!

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    Charlotte Crawford

    December 27, 2010 at 3:30 am

    Merry Christmas Dale. Charlotte

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      December 27, 2010 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Charlotte! May I wish the same to you and yours : )