How to Open a Jump Ring

Learn how to open a jump ring properly. This basic but important skill will ensure your jewelry designs maintain proper function and look professional as well. The goal is to keep the jump rings shape, close it with the tightest gap possible and maintain its strength.


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    The proper way to open a jump ring is to twist the wire until the required opening is achieved.
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    Do not pull it open. this does several very bad things: weakens and distorts the metal, creates an unappealing rump ring shape and makes it impossible to close the jump ring correctly.
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    Use two pairs of flat nose pliers. These will allow for a firm grasp of the wire and also prevents slipping and marring (distortion or marking).
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    Grasp the jump ring on opposite sides using the flat nose pliers. First, try holding onto the jump ring with one pair of pliers. While continuing to grasp the jump ring firmly in one hand, pick up your second pair of pliers with the other hand and grasp the other side of the jump ring.
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    Use a "twisting" motion only to open the jump ring. Basically, one hand should rotate towards you and the other will rotate away from you. It may take a little practice to get used to holding onto both pair of pliers, but it's worth the effort, and requires much less work in the future.
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    You should now have the jump ring open. To close it, use the same steps as above. You may have to work around any item you have now added to the jump ring but the same technique applies.


  • Do not pull the jump ring apart. You will have a more difficult if not impossible time trying to get the ring back together if you pull on the wire. Pulling also distorts and weakens the metal.

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Categories: Personal Accessories and Jewelry