Working with Small Jump Rings
by Dale Armstrong
Question:

How on earth do you work with those tiny jump rings? Is there a special tool?
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Answer:

Most of us use two pair of needle-nose, chain-nose pliers when working with very tiny jump rings, one pair in each hand. Use the pliers in the non-dominant hand to hold the ring on one side of the opening and use the pliers in the dominant hand to open and or close the ring. Pivot the ring to open it-don't try to pry the ring apart sideways, as that will only deform the ring.
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Unfortunately I also know the pain and aggravation of dealing with arthritis and I take an over-the-counter pain med when absolutely necessary. When I'm having a good day I work with very small things and when it's a bad day I stick to working with things that don't hurt!
Jump Ring Opener/Holder: This extra handy device holds your jump ring for you. It makes opening and closing jump rings a breeze! Stainless steel ring has three different size grooves to fit various jump rings.

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
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4 1/2 Inch Jump Ring Pliers with Grooves and Padded Handles - Pack of 1
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5 Inch Loop-Closing Pliers with Cushioned Grips
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Jump Ring Opener/Holder - Pack of 1
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  • Category: Tools
  • Technique(s): Making Jump Rings, Tools