Ceramic pendants by Beads of Clay members
Most of us have a use for Jump Rings. For our pendants and for the jewelry we make. I have been busy these last weeks getting ready for the Annual Artists' Studio tour in our area and needed quite a few.
I have had this Beadalon Jump Ring Maker in my tool box for quite a while, but just started using it about a month ago for making Jump Rings. I am quite impressed.
I used 18 gauge copper wire. An easy to acquire wire--your local Ace or Big Box hardware store carries this gauge. Also 18 gauge makes a nice sturdy jump ring that is not too thick looking.
Then I put the coil on a wooden dowel 1/4 inch is a bit snug for the 6mm but it works. Then I secure it in my vice. You need to cradle the coil with your non dominant hand and saw with your dominant one.
This photo shows how the saw blade will be positioned to cut the jump rings. I would be cradling the coil in my hand the way I did in the photo above this one. I just couldn't take a pic of it since I was doing this alone ( my husband helper had to leave) and don't have 3 hands. LOL Keep some pressure on the jump rings so the saw will be able to cut without wobbling around.I purchased my Beadalon Jump Ring Maker at Michaels. You can also find it at Beadaholique