{DIY} Jump Rings

DIY Jump Rings | typical house cat

One of the most difficult things in jewelry making, is finding findings that all match. Getting jump rings, a clasp and chain that are all the same shade of metal. It can be quite the task. So, I’m a big fan of making my own. I’ve shown you before how to make your own eye pins so today we’re going to go over how to make your own jump rings from wire with one simple tool and a pen.

Supplies to make your own jump rings

To make them, you will need:

  • Wire
  • A flush cutter
  • A pen or small wooden dowel the size of the jump rings you want

Create a spring by tightly wrapping the wire around the pen. Create a spring by tightly wrapping the wire around the pen or wooden dowel.

Meet your flush cutterThe difference between a flush cutter and a regular wire cutter is that with a flush cutter, one side of the cut is flat or flush to the edge and the other side is pointy. To make your jump rings, you will be snipping off the pointy end, then flipping the flush cutter so that you can snip off one jump ring with the flat edge. Then repeat the process over and over: snip off the pointy end, flip the flush cutter and snip off a jump ring, flip the flush cutter again to snip off the pointy end, flip, and snip off a jump ring.

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You can make them any size or metal that you need them, and it only takes a couple of minutes. You’ll be left with a lot of jump rings and some tiny bits of metal that you can recycle.

finished jump rings

Simple enough, no?

{Hint Hint}  Make about 20 or so now, you’ll want them on Monday.

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14 Responses to {DIY} Jump Rings

  1. I think making my own jump rings is hard! I’ve never been good at it. But since I chainne maille mostly , I’m using thick metal.

    • I think the thickness, type of metal and quality of cutters make a difference. I can tell I am ready for a new pair of flush cutters. I’ve made some from thick wire before and it does take longer.

    • No worries Joi, you use them to connect other jewelry components, for instance connecting a charm to a chain, or linking a clasp on. That’s why it can be hard to find everything that matches.

  2. Again – absolutely great :c) My wire working skills will be put to the test tonight :c) Now I just need a tutorial for making my own clasp – am going to hunt and see if you have one. Thanks again.

    • Hey Elenor, with flush cutters, you really get what you pay for. You can get a SUPER inexpensive pair at Harbor Freight but they will only last you a couple of projects and your hands will start to hurt. Here is a link to a pair I like in the mid-range but if you are going to be making a LOT of jump rings I would consider springing for a nicer pair. http://www.riogrande.com/Product/STUSA-Tapered-Head-Flush-Cutters/111054?Pos=13

      If you aren’t sure, get an inexpensive pair and see how much you use them. The Home Depot and Lowes both have some that are nicer than the ones at Harbor Freight but not as nice as the ones in the link above. Let me know if you have any other questions, Kristiina

  3. Thanks for the quick reply ;).
    What brand is the one you use in the above tutorial?
    Thank you

  4. What gauge do you recommend that the rings will stay together with average wear and tear for necklaces and bracelets? I’m always afraid the jump rings will be too soft they come apart too easily or too hard for me to work with and ruin my cutters?

    • Hey Carol, That is a great question. I would use what you think looks best with the design. The strength of the jump ring isn’t determined by the thickness of the wire. All wire can be hard or soft. To make sure your jump ring is strong, make sure you use clean cuts and that the ends fit tightly together. Once you attach it, you can “work harden” the metal by opening and closing the jump ring. It sounds weird but the more metal is “worked” or moved, the harder it gets.

      Hope this helps!