by Rena Klingenberg.
Here’s the right way to open and close a jump ring so it will keep its perfect circle.
Important: Never try to open a jump ring by pulling it open or unrolling it. It’s almost impossible to get it neatly rolled up again.
Instead, try this much easier method, where you simply twist the jump ring open:
Tutorial: Open and Close a Jump Ring
Skill Level: Beginner
Supplies and Tools:
1 jump ring
2 pairs of jewelry pliers – flat-nose or chain-nose
Hold the jump ring with one set of pliers on each side of the opening:
Gently twist one plier straight downward, and the other plier straight upward to open the jump ring.
Now you have an open jump ring that’s been twisted open, ready for you to hang whatever you like on it:
Now grasp the jump ring the same way again with both pliers. Gently bend one plier up and the other plier down to close the jump ring again:
And there you have it – a neatly re-closed jump ring that’s retained its perfect circle.