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Thin chain keeps falling thru opening of jump ring

by Texaslove
(Texas)

Hi! I'm trying to use a thin, feminine chain with a delicate charm but the chain is so thin that it keeps falling thru the opening of the jump ring.


I can't use a smaller jump ring so how do i keep the chain from slipping thru without using a larger chain? Please help!

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fixing jump ring
by: Anonymous

What i would do is..where the jump ring splits..i would put a dab of medal jewelry glue in that split and try to pinch it together as close as you can get.

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options
by: Barbara

Hi,
There are a few different things to try:
1-There are jumprings that snap together, but they're a little pricey.
2- Make sure you're opening & closing them by using 2 pairs of pliers & twisting the ring-Not pulling it. You should hear & feel it click closed.
3- use a slightly larger gauge jumpring
$-This is the most secure way-use splitrings instead of jumprings. They're just like the ones for key chains, but insmaller sizes(4,6,8,10mm,etc.)

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Jump ring issues
by: Bethany

There are a couple of ways to fix this:

One, to get a split ring the same size as your jump ring (or if you make your own jump rings, just go around the mandrel an extra time). The only problem with this method is that is doesn't look as delicate, which is obviously the look you're going for with the thin chain.

Two, to close up the jump ring somehow. This can be accomplished with solder (if you know how and have the tools), or with a dab of glue (either superglue or E-6000 should work). But make sure the jumpring is as closed as it can be before you glue it.

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options
by: Barbara

Here are a couple of things to try:
1-use a heavier gauge jump ring & make sure you aretwisting the ring using 2 pairs of pliers. you should be able to hear it click closed.
2- they make snapping jumprings, that literally snap closed. Those are pricey, though.
3- Use a splitring. That's the most secure option.

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Jump ring
by: Paula

I would try one of those split ring jump rings. The ones that look like mini key rings

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Make your own clasp
by: Paula

You can always make your own "s" hook and clasp by wire wrapping them onto the chain. It looks pretty cool.

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Oval jump rings and filing
by: Silverlight/Whiteleaf

Wow, the chain must be really fine. In a situation like this, I would use oval jump rings: the chain will sit at the narrow end of an oval jump ring, while the opening of the ring is on one of the long sides. This lessens the risk of the chain slipping through the opening of the ring.
I'd also try filing the ends of the jump rings flat (though this could be very fiddly if your jump rings are tiny) so that they sit as flush as possible when closed. This shrinks the gap through which your chain is trying to slip.
Anonymous's suggestion of using glue to seal the jump ring's opening is also a good one.
Finally, if nothing else works, you could trying sliding the whole chain through a jump ring, then using fine wire to wrap around both parts of the chain, binding the chain together – effectively 'crimping' the chain to itself as though it were beading wire. I haven't tried this, however, and without seeing your chain and jump rings I can't say for sure that it will work.

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Split rings?
by: emily lauren

I love the look of small, delicate chains, but I hate the associated challenges. Metal glue is a good idea. Soldering is great, if that's an option for you. One option that isn't costly or messy is split rings, if you can find some the right size. They draw a little bit more attention than than a regular jump ring, but they are worth it for the security (again, assuming you can find one with a small enough gauge).

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jump rings
by: Paula

If you aren't up to soldering the jump ring closed, then the glue idea should work. It may sound counterintuitive, but to make sure the jump ring has a snug connection, you push the two sides past each other so they will "snap back" in line with each other. I hope this is helpful.

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thin chain/jump ring
by: Anonymous

A split ring is the way to go...extra secure.

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