Using flat nose pliers, hold the jump ring near its kerf / opening.
Then, gently & simultaneously, pry the jump ring open at a straight line
( Do not yank the jump ring, otherwise, you might end up with a bent jump ring )
To close the jump ring, gently wiggle the jump ring back & forth till you hear a click.
You know that you closed the jump ring properly if you can barely see the kerf/opening & the ring lays completely flat
1. Always use [at least one] flat nose pliers that are big enough to hold the entire jump ring. It will give you much more leverage & make it easier for you to open and close the jump ring at a straight line.
2. Do not use chain nose pliers. Its doesn’t provide you enough leverage & good enough grip to open your jump rings at a straight line.
3. Proper pliers that provide your grip with good leverage enable you to open & close the jump rings smoothly, no death grip necessary.
4. In fact, you shouldn’t grip the pliers too tightly because it can mar your jump rings and – overtime – can give you a wrists injury.
5. To make sure that your pliers don’t scratch the jump rings, you might want to cover the tips of your pliers with Tool Magic or masking tape.
By the way …
Do not close your jump rings this way as the ring will simply pop back open the moment you let the pliers go:
STEP 1: Coating my pliers with 2 thin layers of ToolMagic to make sure that the jewelry I create is 100% free of toolmark &/or scratch
STEP 2: Sorting the jump rings. (I set the imperfect jump rings aside and use only them when I am learning a new chainmaille weave).
STEP 3: Pre-closing the black anodized aluminum jump ringsas neatly as possible.
STEP 4: Opening the gold anodized aluminum jump rings.
STEP 5: Weaving the jump rings. (This weave is called box chain. I learned this weave from Rebeca Mojica’s Book: Chained, but you can learn it for free by watching this YouTube tutorial or reading this free online tutorial instead).
STEP 6: Continue weaving the jump rings till I create a 40-inch or 101-cm chain
STEP 7: Attaching the Swarovski Fancy Stones and Knotting the ChainMaille
And yes … the 40″ or 101 cm chain only forms the center front part of the necklace
STEP 8: Deciding the length of the necklace
STEP 9: Create two more handwoven links (by repeating step 2 – 5) , twisting & linking them onto the center front part of the statement necklace, and connecting the ends of those links to a toggle clasp.
Ring counts: Approx. 20 rings per inch.
Thus, to create this type of statement necklace, I need to use more than 1200 pieces of jump rings.
The time I need to create this type of necklace: More than 12 hours.