How to Make Jump Rings & Chain

Make your own jump rings and link them together to make a simple chain.

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How to Make Jump Rings & Chain
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Gather your tools together.

Gather your tools together.

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Wind wire around Sharpie. This combination gives you a larger ring.  For a smaller link, try 16 or 18 gauge wire and a smaller dowel.

Wind wire around Sharpie. This combination gives you a larger ring. For a smaller link, try 16 or 18 gauge wire and a smaller dowel.

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Remove coil. Use the flush side of the cutter (pictured above) to cut the rings.

Remove coil. Use the flush side of the cutter (pictured above) to cut the rings.

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With the flush side of the cutter facing the coil, clip away the excess wire.

With the flush side of the cutter facing the coil, clip away the excess wire.

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Flip the cutter over and clip the coil a second time to free the ring.

Flip the cutter over and clip the coil a second time to free the ring.

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The cut end of the coil will have a pinched end.

The cut end of the coil will have a pinched end.

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Clip it away. Make sure that the flush side of the cutter is towards the coil.

Clip it away. Make sure that the flush side of the cutter is towards the coil.

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Repeat until the remaining coil is cut into rings. You should have about 7 rings from the 1 ft of wire.

Repeat until the remaining coil is cut into rings. You should have about 7 rings from the 1 ft of wire.

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To link the rings together, close one ring.

To link the rings together, close one ring.

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Open a second ring. Note how the ring swings open to the side maintaining the round shape  of the ring. Add the first closed ring and then close this ring.

Open a second ring. Note how the ring swings open to the side maintaining the round shape of the ring. Add the first closed ring and then close this ring.

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Continue to add rings to make a chain.

Continue to add rings to make a chain.

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Here are the first three rings linked together.

Here are the first three rings linked together.

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You can make variations in the design. Here is a two and one link.

You can make variations in the design. Here is a two and one link.

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Or two by two links.

Or two by two links.

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Or just keep it simple. The seven original rings  yield about 3" of chain. Make more coils and rings until your chain reaches the desired length. Add a clasp to finish. Clasp tutorial to follow soon.

Or just keep it simple. The seven original rings yield about 3" of chain. Make more coils and rings until your chain reaches the desired length. Add a clasp to finish. Clasp tutorial to follow soon.

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