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Beaded Jump Ring

Beaded Jump Rings

Designed by Albina Manning

This lesson shows how make jump rings with gemstone, or any, beads on them. In other words, you will be able to create fancy jump rings, which can be used as connectors in a variety of projects; connected together for a necklace or bracelet design or attached to an ear wire for a simple pair of earrings. Try variations by using gemstone chips, seed beads or crystals too!

Skill Level: Beginner/All

Technique: Fancy Jump Rings

materials

  • 1 22 Gauge round half-hard wire or thicker(remember it has to fit through the bead)
  • Beads of your choice (shown are 6mm round and other)

tools

instructions

  1. Straighten and clean the wire and then slide on the chosen bead.
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  2. Begin bending the wire into a U shape.
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  3. Continue bending the wire ends towards each other, so they cross and form either an oval shape or a round shape.
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  4. Find the center of the intersection and use flush cutters to cut one side of the wire loop.
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  5. Make the second cut on the other side of the wire loop, directly across from the first.
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  6. Use chain-nose pliers to align the ends and your fancy jump ring is done! It can be used as a connector, shown here:
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