Overview of Jump Rings

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Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Any Level
Jump rings are one of the core components in jewelry making. They can be linked together in chain maille weaves to create entire designs, used as findings to connect clasps and hooks, or even used as decorative accents. In this overview video see the wide range of jump rings available at Beadaholique.
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Hi, this is Julie and in this video i want to go over the variety of jump rings available at beadaholique which includes chainmail jump rings walking jump rings rubber o-rings open and closed jump rings and more first off let's take a look at the chainmail jump rings and you'll see here they come in a variety of sizes and finishes and what's particularly important about chainmail jump rings is that they clearly list the inner diameter which is something you're going to need for the various chainmail weaves I have a pretty example here where we've combined a couple different colors of jump rings in addition to chainmail jump rings there are oval jump rings most jump rings are round so these are nice and unique there are texture jump rings if you want to add a little extra design element to your project split rings which are a coil and these are very secure we have split ring pliers to open those there are jump locks so these look just like a regular open jump ring but when you twist them a certain way they actually lock into place so they're very secure in addition to jump locks there are locking jump rings which are a little bit different so you'll see here I have an open one so on these they have a little bar that sticks out as kind of be a little bit hard to tell here but they've got a little bar that sticks out one end and then on the other end there's a little hole and i'm going to show you really quickly how to lock these into place so you take two pairs of pliers and you just pull one end over the other and compress and now it looks closed and it is closed but it's actually locked into place so another type of jump ring is actually a rubber o-ring so these are very much like just a closed jump ring they're continuously around but they are rubber so they are very flexible I have a project example here you can see that they add a pop of color to a lot of designs and you can use them just like a closed jump ring so I've talked a little bit about closed and open jump rings already so the difference is I have two right here so a closed jump ring is completely solid it's soldered shut you cannot open it and that's great if you're going to attach perhaps beading wire to it or you want to link something to it that you don't want to have run the chance of coming undone a open jump ring has a little slit on one end and I'm going to show you how to properly open a jump ring because you don't want to distort the shape so you're going to grab it on either side of the little slit which is up top and twist and then you'll go ahead and link whatever you want to link to it and twist back shut to the closed position you never want to pull a jump ring oh but you always want to twist so here's an example of a project that uses both an open and closed jump ring so the closed one was used to attach the beading wire to so that you don't run the risk of it coming off or actually pulling through that little slit and then the open jump ring was used to go ahead and link the closed jump ring to the clasp so that's going to be a pretty common application for jump rings so the other thing you're going to take into consideration when considering which jump ring to buy is not only is it open or closed but what gauge is it and what size is it so I have some examples I've pulled right here starting here this is a 2.5 millimeter jump ring a-three a-four a-five a-six a-seven and eight and a 10 so you can see that there's quite a size difference here so you'll want to think about what size jump ring do you need for your project and you can see also they come in a variety of finishes this might give you a little better idea and then the other factory on take into consideration is the gauge which is how thick the jump ring is going to be so I have a 19 gauge four millimeter jump ring I have a 20 gauge four millimeter jump ring and I have a 22-gauge four millimeter jump ring so these are all four millimeter jump rings but they look quite different because of their gauge and that's how thick the wire is what might determine whether you want a 19 vs a 22-gauge jump ring will be how much where is going to be on that jump ring the bigger the gauge the stronger is going to be less likely to come undone but perhaps you're doing a project where you want a more delicate look so you might want a thinner gauge jumper just to recap there are a lot of jump ring choices available and be the halik a couple things you'll want to take into consideration are the finish the size the gauge do you want it to be open or closed or perhaps you want a split ring or some other type of jump ring you can find more information on all of these products on beadaholique.com you

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