How to Open and Close Jump Rings

If you are making chainmail, you are going to be opening and closing rings over and over again, so you might as well know how to do it right.

How to Open Jump Rings

1. First, find a semi-closed jump ring that you would like to open. It should look something like this:

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2. Next you will need to take two pairs of pliers and grab the ring like so:​

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3. Then twist the pliers in the directions the arrows indicate in this picture to bend the ring open..

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4. Once done, the ring should look something like this:

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The amount to open the ring depends on several things, such as what type of weave you are using and how difficult it is to bend the ring. Also, if you bend it too much you take the risk of warping the ring.

How to Close Jump Rings Securely

Closing jump rings can be easy, but it can also be extremely difficult. It mostly depends on the type of wire being used and how tight the weave is that you are making. Also, closing jump rings securely is the key to prevent your weave from falling apart.1. The first step is to find a ring that is open that you want to close. It should look something like this:

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If it is being woven through other rings, the same process is used. But you might have to find different ways to grip the ring.2. Next, grab the ring with your two pliers like so:

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3. Then twist it the way these arrows are indicating. Some rings may be more difficult than others. Some might have a spring to them, so you have to twist the ends past each other so they line up when they spring back. Saw cut rings are a little more difficult to close. You will have to apply pressure pushing the ends of the ring closer together while working the ends past each other, back and forth. Once they are flush, just line them up as before.

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4. If you are able to get the ring to look like this, then you are done. If not, keep working on it. If the ends are not close enough to each other, other rings could slip through. Don't let that happen. Taking special care on each ring will make your chainmail much better. Also, don't give up. Practice makes this a lot easier.

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If you would like to learn more about rings and aspect ratio, visit this page: Rings and Aspect Ratio. Thanks for reading, and have fun opening and closing rings!


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