How I Make Handmade Oval Jump Rings

by Debra Lowe.
(Denver, Colorado USA)

I wanted to share something…I may be behind and you all may be very adept at jump ring creations.

tiny oval jump rings

tiny oval jump rings

I was at a show last weekend and asked my favorite tool guy about a jump ring making tool…for ‘oval’ jump rings. I’ve made the round ones for years, and I needed some very small oval rings. He said he didn’t know of any…driving home I had an epiphany…

I took an old worn needle file, went to my grinder and shaped it to a slightly smaller oval than the rings I needed. Worked very well and I now have some tiny oval jump rings for my project.

I used a needle file primarily for the small size. I have no doubt an old screw driver would work also. If you have already worked this out, great. If not, give it a try~

Debra Lowe
rosebudsnpearls at Etsy

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  • Terrific idea, Debra! I love the creativity of designing your own tools from something you have. I’m always using my tools in unexpected ways too. 🙂 Oval jump rings can be so handy, and a nice change from round ones. Thanks so much for sharing your great tip with us!

  • Em Noll says:

    This tip came at the perfect time. I have just had some trouble with round jump rings opening and I saw a suggestion that oval ones may be sturdier. I have ordered some on line but now have instructions for making my own. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Sue Shade says:

    Great problem solving.

  • Sandra says:

    Great idea for small oval jump rings! Thanks! Now, I’ll share back . . . I had an epiphany today regarding larger sized oval jump rings that I needed. For $1.25, I picked up a 5-pack of oval carpenter’s pencils. I haven’t made the rings yet, but am anxious to do so! They look perfect!

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