Opening and closing jump rings - Left & Right Handed Tips

Right Handed: Hold the straight chain nose pliers in your dominant (right) hand and the bent chain nose pliers in your recessive (left) hand with the bend of the pliers pointing to the left. Place a ring in the bent chain nose pliers, have the pliers hold as close to half of the ring as possible. The break of the ring should be pointing straight up. Have the straight chain nose pliers in a relaxed and open position.
Place the base of the jump ring being held by the bent chain nose pliers into the base of the straight chain nose pliers. While keeping the straight chain nose pliers open, tilt the pliers away from you to about a 45º angle. When that position has been reached, gently close the straight chain nose pliers without moving or twisting your hands out of the position that that they were in once you   tilted the pliers away from you.

It is very important not to twist your hands while opening the jump rings. There is a propensity to bend the rings out of plane. Keeping the ring flat is imperative for having many of the patterns look correct. If the rings do not lay neatly next to, on top of, or weave into their mates the pattern will not fall into place correctly, even if the pattern is completed correctly.

Left Handed: Hold the straight chain nose pliers in your dominant (left) hand and the bent chain nose pliers in your recessive (right) hand with the bend of the pliers pointing to the right. Place a ring in the bent chain nose pliers. Have the pliers hold as close to half of the ring as possible. The break of the ring should be pointing straight up. Have the straight chain nose pliers in a relaxed and open position.
Place the base of the jump ring being held by the bent chain nose pliers into the base of the straight chain nose pliers. While keeping the straight chain nose pliers open, tilt the pliers toward you to about a 45º angle. When that position has been reached, gently close the straight chain nose pliers, without moving or twisting your hands out of the position that that they were in, once you tilted the pliers toward from you.

Closing Rings: To close jump rings there is only one thing that is essential: as the ring is being closed the two ends must pass each other and then be pushed into place. The closing of a jump ring is the act of eliminating the width of the saw blade and making the two ends meet in up neatly and leave virtually no visible seam. When this technique is mastered, you will feel the slightest bit of tension as the ring is being closed, and if you are really lucky you will hear the "click" as the ring snaps into its closed position.


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