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Jewelry Lessons: How To Use Jump Rings

Monday, December 12, 2011 |

Learn How to Use Jump Rings

Jump rings are used in SO many different jewelry projects. Their basic use is to connect two components together. They are especially useful if one of the components such as a charm or clasp has a closed loop connector. A jump ring opens and closes very simply with a pair of pliers, as will be demonstrated below.

There are various kinds of jump rings.  Most are circular, but they also come in various gauges, metal types, and there are some specialty shapes such as the star and square below. A slightly different kind of ring is a split ring which is a little sturdier, and will be explained later.

To show you one use of a jump ring I made this key necklace which is available in my etsy shop.

Here's how to make it!

Supplies Needed

Chain, clasp, various beads, key charm, jump ring, spring ring, headpins, wire cutters, needle nose pliers and round nose pliers.


Grab a jump ring and your needle nose pliers

Grasp one side the jump ring with the pliers and the other side with your thumb and pointer finger. Slowly twist the jump ring to the side to open it. Here's what it should look like when you are done: 

 Do NOT pull the jump ring open- this messes up it's shape. Always twist to the side.

 After you have opened the jump ring, string on a key charm and a split ring.

Twist the jump ring sideways back the way you opened it to close it.

The different between a split ring (right) and a jump ring (left) is that a jump ring is made of only one wrap of wire and opens easily with one twist. A split ring is made with multiple wraps of wire and to open it and get a component on to the loop you have to twist it around the different wraps of wire. A split ring is more sturdy and holds up better in jewelry, but it is pretty difficult to work with. They make special pliers to help open them, but it is still a little tricky.

In this project I used a jump ring to connect a charm to a split ring. I used a split ring because that is the ring I will put the necklace chain through and will get the most stress while worn. A jump ring would also work, but the split ring will be sure to hold up better.

Next make some charms out of assorted beads and headpins and connect them to the split ring.

See all the different parts? It goes key charm, jump ring, split ring, charms.

Lastly, thread your chain through the center of the split ring and attach a clasp to the end of it. 

Now you've got a cute key necklace AND are a master of jump rings!

To get an idea of the other ways jump rings are used, check out some of these other pieces I have made:
Pink Scroll Earrings 

Swirl Heart Charm Necklace 

Hammered Black Chandelier Earrings

Missed a jewelry lesson post? Learn how to use make earrings here, crimp beads here, learn about different types of beads here,  and learn about the jewelry supplies I use here!

I will probably be taking next week off from jewelry lessons since I will be GRADUATING COLLEGE (!!) and moving back home...but check in again in two weeks for another lesson!

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Katy said...

I never knew that! Hah good to know. Congratulations on graduating, enjoy your day!

Buying Jewelry Nacogdoches TX said...

I was very pleased to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out the new stuff you post.

Natalia Lynn said...

I love that you are doing these jewelry lessons! Who better to do them since you are so talented!!

MiMi said...

Very cool! Love the necklace.

South Bay Studio said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial, You make beautiful jewelry....Kathi

rebeca trevino said...

thank you for showing me how to use these darn jump rings!
although i am not a jewelry maker, i often use jump rings in my assemblage work, to attach 'stuff' to other 'stuff'. just knowing this little tip is going to save me a lot of grief.
thanks again.

Erin- Thanks I Made It said...

thank you so much for this! I once accidentally bought a package of 100 split rings, thinking they were jump rings, and didn't know how to use them until now! : )

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

This is such a great idea! I would love for you to add it to my Best of 2011 link party, as well as any other projects you are most proud of from this year. Visit
~Kara :)

Dawne Marie McElroy said...

Love your stuff!
May I use your Jump ring instruction pictures for a free workshop I am doing for some ladies in rehab?

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

Sure Dawne! Thanks for asking!

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Piers Lyman said...

Th best gift I ever received this year if from a special person and it's a ring.

Piers Lyman said...

I love making jewelries on my own. That is my hobby.

Stive Peterson said...

This gemstones berlin are Awesome! Everyone of them is so beautiful!. I have an idea of what i wanted to get my fiance and with them I’ve create astonishing bracelet!

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