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How to Open and Close Jump Rings Properly

open-and-close jump ringsLearning how to open and close jump rings properly is one of the most basic and fundamental of all jewelry making techniques.  I can't tell you how many times people have asked me about jump rings!  How do I get them to close properly? 

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Step 1: Grasp both sides of the jump ring with a pair of pliers in each hand.  The gap should be pointing upwards.

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Step 2: Pull forward with one pair of pliers while pushing backwards with the other.

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Your open jump ring should now look like the picture above.

To close the jump ring, reverse those steps. 

This technique is one of the many techniques I explain more fully in my eco-friendly e-book, Wire Work Secrets for Jewelry Makers.

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