This is a beginner wire tutorial that shows you how to make jump rings.
By making your own jump rings, you can make them when you need them, in whatever size you want.
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Materials & Tools
- Wire of your choice (I’m using 18 gauge)
- 6-Barrel pliers
- Flush cutters
- Needle Nose pliers
Pick what size jump ring you want to make. I’m using a pair of 6-barrel pliers for this. If you don’t have a pair, you can use round nose pliers but it make be trickier to keep the jump ring size consistent.
Grasp the wire at the very end as shown.
Rotate your wrist away from you to start forming a loop.
Using to wrist, keep twisting wire around the pliers.
Keep going until you have a coil.
Using your finger nails, try to space the coil apart. This makes it easier to cut.
Place the flush cutters on the wire as shown. Make sure the flat side of the flush cutters is facing the side you want a flush cut. This is the first cut (for the first side of the jump ring end).
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Flip your flush cutters so they are facing the other way and cut the opposite side.
Finished Jump Ring
How to close a jump ring
Using a set of pliers for each side, wiggle ends back and forth.
Closed Jump Ring
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