A collection of Jump Rings and Split Rings available from Banjos Bead House and our suppliers.
Jump rings are the most common connector for jewelry making. They are made from many types of metals and range in size from 2mm and up. Jump Rings are a metal loop with a cut, the cut enables the sideways twisting of the ring in order to connect pieces.
Adjusting a Jump Ring
Never pull jump ring halves straight apart from each other because it will stress the metal and can cause breakage. To adjust or open a jump ring, use two pairs pliers, holding each side of the ring with pliers, slowly twist that side open just enough to complete your task. After you are finished, slowly twist the sides of the jump ring back into place pliers so the ends meet once again.
Split rings are also made of many different metals and in many sizes. They look like tiny keychain rings, split rings keep jewelry components connected without having to solder.
Using a Split Ring
The easiest way to use a split ring is to wedge your thumbnail between the split and slide a charm (or other jewelry piece) onto the ring. Make sure the piece you are sliding goes all the way around the ring until it is completely safe inside and cannot work itself loose.
If your thumbnail is not long enough, or it is painful to use, you may use a pair of split ring tweezers or split ring pliers. These special tweezers and pliers feature what looks like a bent tip to wedge between the ring split.