Closing jump-rings effectively

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I am attempting to make some earrings using irridescent plastic or
acrylic comets threaded onto jump rings.

I am having a dreadful time trying to close the jump rings
sufficiently so that the very thin plastic does not fall through.

I have varying thicknesses of jump rings in various sizes, but am
having very little success with this project.

I am not using sterling silver.   Should I perhaps look at some sort
of soldering technique to achieve what I want?

I would be grateful for any help.


Daisy

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Re: Closing jump-rings effectively
Have you considered wire-wrapping? (Soldering Sterling silver with silver
solder would melt the plastic.)

Georgia
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Re: Closing jump-rings effectively
When you are opening the jumprings are you just pulling  them apart or
are you pushing one side away from you to open the gap?

Part of the problem may be the material you are using and part of the
problem may be how you are opening and closing the rings.

Here are some resources for you:

http://www.rings-things.com/Projects/JR.htm

http://jewelrymaking.about.com/od/wiretechniquesinfo/a/070406_3.htm


Re: Closing jump-rings effectively
On 27 Jul 2006 08:11:25 -0700, "Barbara Forbes-Lyons"

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Thank you for your assistance.  I am a reasonably experienced with
craft and have made a number of items (and sold a good number).  The
very thin plastic comets I am using seemed to require a complete
closure of the jump ring, and I am not using high quality rings I must
admit.

I do open and close rings by using two pairs of pliers and pushing
away and toward myself when opening and reverse when closing.   I
never hear a snap as the ring closes - but this may be because the
rings I am using are not high quality.    

I have now resorted to a tiny spot of clear craft glue (E-6000) and
this is working, even if it is slow and clumsy.    

Cheers  
Daisy

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Re: Closing jump-rings effectively
I agree that wire wrapping may be the solution.  You can also buy something
called split rings.  Split rings are like miniture key ring structures.
Kathy H
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Thank you Kathy - I have a collection of split rings but these won't
work with the very thin and fragile plastic comets I am using.  I have
found a temporary solution by using a spot of clear craft glue, but
hope to get a more permanent solution soon!

Cheers to you

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Daisy

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Re: Closing jump-rings effectively
There is also a product that I have seen, but not used, called a
"locking" jump-.ring
It's a jump ring with a small metal tab that you crimp to close.


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