Sometimes, you're happily working away on a maille weave or putting together a sparkly pair of earrings when you reach out to grab another jump ring and you swipe at empty air...
It happens more often than I care to admit so in those crunch time situation's I've learnt to make my own jump rings. Comes in very handy indeed!
Here's a little photolog of how I do it. Granted, this may not be the most efficient or even the most technical way to do it but it works very well for me and I can finish that maddeningly ring-eating chainmaille piece without having to wait for my next supply batch. :)
20 Gauge enamelled copper wire
Pinch wire cutters
curved nose pliers
an awl with a straight, even diameter (at least in the bottom section)
Bead mat (to stop rings from escaping of my desk)
|1. Collect your tools.|
I've used copper wire because I love the texture and malleability and the enamel is non-tarnish.
Take care when using coiled wire because it can spring open and turn into a shiny, spinning wheel of pain and scratches.
|4. Once you reached your desired amount of coils/rings, use the wire cutters to cut the excess wire .|
Using the pliers coil the remaining end around the awl. It'll fight you!
Remove the coil from your awl.
|5. Using your cutters carefully start cutting the coil into rings. Make sure you cut in relatively same spot so that the rings are similar in size. I like to angle the pinch cutters slightly so as to have an angled cut. Watch those fingers!|
|6. Bask in the success that is your handful of shinies.|