Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making . A few years ago, I made a silver bracelet with tons of jump rings, but never wore it.
Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Chain Making
  • Skill Level: Beginner
A few years ago, I made a silver bracelet with tons of jump rings, but never wore it. When it was done, it didn't seem to have enough "presence" for my liking but I wasn't sure what to do. So, the bracelet sat on my workbench, tarnishing away until I started sorting jump rings. Light bulb moment-Add Another Jump Ring Strand!

I did not have enough rings of the size I used to make the original bracelet, so I made the second strand with slightly smaller jump rings because that is what I had enough of. The difference between the two strands is not discernible. I love the bracelet now and wear it all the time-and it is so fun to play with the "fringy" jump rings!

Jump rings can be purchased or you can make your own. Just make sure that two 18 gauge jump rings will fit through the connecting rings attached to closure of your choice.

My wrist measures 5¾". My 7" long bracelet is shown on the sizing cone below.

Materials

16 gauge 4mm jump rings
  • Lesson Quantity: 21.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 21.00 each
18 gauge 3mm jump rings
  • Lesson Quantity: 22.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 22.00 each
20 gauge 3mm jump rings
  • Lesson Quantity: 170.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 170.00 each
Sterling Silver Toggle Clasp 15mm - Pack of 1
K3-153
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $4.46
  • Gold Club Price: $3.35
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Tools

Classic Wubbers Medium Flat Nose Pliers
G2-1237
  • G2-1237
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 2.00 each
  • Price: $27.97
  • Gold Club Price: $20.98
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Instructions
Step 1
Read through the directions before beginning the project. The directions shown are for one bracelet added to the original. If making just one bracelet chain, which is quite pretty, add more 20 gauge rings to the links for a fuller look.

All the 20 gauge jump rings can be closed at this time, if desired and all the 16 and 18 gauge jump rings can be opened.

Step 1: Making jump rings is optional. If making jump rings, use dead soft wire to wind a tight coil. For this particular bracelet, it would be best use a jump ring cutter or a saw to cut the rings. Using flush cutters can make for sharp edges when the cut ends don't quite meet in a flush manner. Tumbling can help, but the rings can still catch on clothing.
Pro Tip: Save time and purchase closed 20 gauge jump rings.
Closure-The type and size of closure used will determine the number of jump ring units needed.
The number of Jump Rings needed are shown for a size small. Add jump ring sets to obtain the size you need.
Added Bracelet Each set will add ¼" to length
Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , jump ring fringe bracelet
Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , jump ring fringe bracelet
Step 2
Close two gauge 20 rings. Open one 18 gauge jump ring and slide on the two closed rings. Slide the 18 gauge ring onto the connection ring on the closure. Close the 18 gauge ring.
Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , jump ring fringe bracelet
Step 3
Close two gauge 20 rings. Open one 18 gauge jump ring and slide on the two closed rings. Close the jump ring.
Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , jump ring fringe bracelet
Step 4
Close six 20 gauge rings. Open one 16 gauge ring. Slide 3 closed 20 gauge rings, the 18 gauge ring from the unit constructed in Step 2, and then 3 more closed 20 gauge rings on the 16 gauge ring. Do not close the 16 gauge ring.
Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , jump ring fringe bracelet
Step 5
Place the 20 gauge jump rings on either side of the 18 gauge jump ring. Slide the 16 gauge jump ring from the unit constructed in Step 4 through the 18 gauge jump ring. Close the 16 gauge jump ring.
Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , jump ring fringe bracelet
Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , jump ring fringe bracelet
Step 6
Continue adding units as constructed in Step 4 until the length desired is reached. Open an 18 gauge jump ring and add two 20 gauge closed jump rings. Connect the bracelet chain to the closure, making sure the 20 gauge rings are on either side of the 18 gauge ring.
Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , jump ring fringe bracelet
Step 7
Repeat the process for the second chain to make a wider bracelet, if desired.
Judy Larson's Jump Ring Fringe Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , jump ring fringe bracelet
Step 8
Optional: Tumble the bracelet in steel shot to bring up a nice shine.