Open and Close a Jump Ring

by Rena Klingenberg.

Here’s the right way to open and close a jump ring so it will keep its perfect circle.

The proper way to open a jump ring is to twist it open, so that it looks like this:

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring Tutorial

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 into a circle again.

Supplies and Tools:

  • jump ring
  • 2 pairs of jewelry pliers – flat-nose and/or chain-nose

Tutorial: Open and Close a Jump Ring

Start with your closed jump ring:

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring Tutorial

Hold your flat-nose pliers in one hand, and your chain-nose pliers in your other hand.

Use the tips of your pliers to grasp the sides of your jump ring, with the opening of the jump ring between the two pliers.

Then twist open the jump ring by twisting one of your pliers toward you, and twisting the other pliers away from you:

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring Tutorial

Your opened jump ring should look something like this:

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring Tutorial

Now you can add whatever components you want to string onto the opened jump ring:

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring Tutorial

Then use your pliers to twist the jump ring shut again.

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring Tutorial

Make sure the ends of the jump ring are closed without a gap, and that they align nicely with each other:

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring Tutorial

Your closed jump ring with jewelry component(s) on it should look something like this:

How to Open and Close a Jump Ring Tutorial

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  • Corinne says:

    How do you know what size and weight of jump ring to use in different projects? Do you solder your jump rings?

  • tracy says:

    I use jump rings a lot and am wondering if you glue your jump rings every time. Sometimes a charm, etc. will fall off because of the tiny space at the split. If you do use glue how exactly do you glue? I’ve used a toothpick but it’s really not very convenient and I seem to make more of a mess than I should. Thanks. Your website has really been a godsend!

  • Hi Corinne and Tracy!

    I don’t solder or glue jump rings. Instead, if it seems that security might be an issue with jump rings in a project, I use split rings. Tracy, I recommend that you try split rings in place of jump rings where you’re having trouble with charms falling off.

    It’s also possible that you need a heavier gauge of jump ring. In addition, I work-harden my jump rings before using them by twisting them open and shut several times.

    I hope this helps! 🙂

  • Gail says:

    I have an issue with a necklace I’m working on. It has 8 strands and keeps falling off the jump ring due to the tiny split. I used glue but that did not work. What is a split ring? How can I fix this problem.

  • Hi Gail, split rings are basically jump rings with ends that overlap the ring, so there’s no tiny opening in the ring where things can slip through. This could be a good solution for the problem you’re having.

    Most jewelry suppliers who carry jump rings also carry split rings. To see a very large example of a split ring, see the second photo in my post Easy Way to Open a Split Key Ring.

    Good luck, Gail, and let me know how this works for you! 🙂

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