Jump rings are the tiny hoops used to connect a charm to a bracelet or necklace. But because of their versatility, they can also be used as a main material for a bracelet. Not only are they cheap, but they also add a classic tone to your wardrobe. Even better, jump ring bracelet is easy to piece together. Here’s how you can make a bracelet out of silver jump rings.
- Determine the length of your bracelet. Before you proceed, you must first determine how long the bracelet will be. This is so that you will know how many jump rings you will need to complete the bracelet. You can use a jewelry gauge for this, or if you don’t have one, a tape measure will do just as fine.
- Buy jump rings. Jump rings can be purchased from beads and jewelry supply stores. You can buy a pack of silver jump rings for under $10. The jump ring size is a personal preference, although it will be best to choose bigger jump rings, specifically those that measure 8 or 12 mm. Don’t forget to also buy your lock clasp. You can choose any clasp for as long as it will complement the look of your jump ring bracelet.
- Open the jump ring. You need two nose pliers for this procedure. One should hold the jump ring, as the other nose pliers widen the jump ring’s opening. Looking at the jump rings might strain your eyes, which is why you are advised to choose bigger jump rings. But if you decide to use smaller jump rings, it will help if you keep a magnifier handy. When opening the jump ring, avoid tugging the ends too far apart. This will damage or misshape the jump ring.
- Link the open jump ring with another. Get your second jump ring and hook it with the open jump ring. Then with your pliers, close the jump ring by pushing the ends together. Remember not to apply too much force as this might leave unsightly dents on the jump ring.
- Continue the process. Now, open the second jump ring in the same way you opened the first. Grab your third jump ring and link it to the second. Close it after. Do the same thing to the other jump rings until you have formed the bracelet to your desired length.
- Attach the clasp. The clasp most likely has a jump ring of its own, which you can connect to the last jump ring of your bracelet. Again, use the pliers in attaching the clasp. Test the clasp. You should be able to lock and open the clasp with ease.
- Add bracelet charms. For added beauty, consider connecting a bracelet charm to individual jump rings. But to avoid a cluttered look, the charms should be properly spaced; every two jump rings ideally. Polish the finished bracelet when done.
Make sure to have extra jump rings to replace those that get damaged during the process. Jump rings are especially prone to breakage when excess force is applied in opening and closing them. To avoid damage, you might want to purchase jump rings that are already open.