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Today I wanted to touch on another basic product that you may use to make your beaded creations. It's the Jump Ring.
A jump ring is a small circle of wire that is used to link sections, or beads of your projects together. They can also be used as part of clasp, such as the mate to a Lobster claw clasp. Or they can be the main feature such as used in Chain maille designs. I haven't been able to experiment with this yet, but it's on my long list of techniques to try out. I love the way it looks and it doesn't "look" like it would be that hard. But, I guess I will have to experiment with it and leave that for another blog entry.
Jump rings can come in different types of metals, sizes, shapes and I have read about different materials too, such as rubber. But today I just wanted to cover the basics, that way you could get started.
There is a wrong way and a correct way to open a jump ring, see photos below.
In the first photo, I am showing you the wrong way. Don't make the same mistake that I did when I first started. Don't pull the ring apart, doing so will make it more difficult to close and have it look right. You want a smooth flat transition, it should almost look seamless.
The Correct way to open a jump ring is to twist the one end of the ring open while firmly holding the other end.
| Wrong way to open a Jump Ring
|| Correct way to open a Jump Ring
So remember to stop by Beadin' Mon and pick up the jump rings you need for your next project or two.
Until Friday, Happy beading.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and accomplished everything they needed or wanted to. I did do some creating this weekend, but unfortunately it wasn't beading. In case you were wondering, I baked a cake for the Superbowl party. I turned out beautifully. But, much like beading I still needed to use tools to create it.
So, on that note, lets get back to beading. Today the tool I would recommend to add to your beading tool box is the Bent Nose Pliers. This is one of my favorite tools and I think it was one of my first. These pliers are great for working with wire and general beading applications. The jaws of the pliers have no teeth on them (at least my pair don't), which means it is less likely to mar the surfaces that you are holding onto.
Here is what Bent Nose Pliers look like.
| Side View
|| Top View
In the Front View photo of the pliers, we see they look very much like a pair of plain pliers, although they look a little distorted. But, looking at The Top View photo we can see where they get their name. The jaws are literally bent. This feature makes them great for working in places that may be harder to gain access to. I like to use them all the time, I think it's because I feel like it keeps my hands further away from my work and makes it easier for me to see what I am doing.
Like I said before, if you don't have a pair of these great pliers in your toolbox I recommend you get a pair and try them out. If you already have a pair, I hope you like them as much as I do. Come back Wednesday for another tool, tip or technique and until then Have fun and Happy beading.
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