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Tuesday Tips & Tricks :: Jazzy Jump Rings

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leadinsmIf you’re like me, you’re always looking for clever ways to create better designs and give your designs something that sets them apart as well as gives you a chance to stretch your design “muscles.” Today’s tip is all about jump rings, those humble loops of wire we so often use as simple connectors for bead and wire work.

I like to use jump rings for texture between beads by grouping them as spacers, in intertwined love-knots as a more secure and stylish bail for pendants or as connectors, and all tangled up at the ends of a necklace to hide those unsightly crimps.

–Erin Prais-Hintz

I really wanted to try out some of Erin’s techniques myself, so I put together a few examples using her tip as inspiration:

  • Adding texture between beads grouped as spacersspacers
  • Intertwined as love knots for a more secure and stylish bail for pendants or connectorslove knot connectorbail
  • All tangled up at the ends of a necklace or bracelet to hide crimpscrimp cover

Because jump rings are available in all shapes, sizes, and materials, they’re a great way to jazz up your project without breaking the bank, as they’re one of the least expensive findings; and you’ll find them in almost every jewelry-making kit. Do you have a creative way that you use jump rings in your own jewelry projects? Please share them with us!

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Happy beading!

Molly Schaller

About Molly Schaller

Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family of creative kids and her handy husband. She's always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!

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37 Comments

  1. Bambi Garcia July 15, 2014

    First, I’m going to make a bracelet using jump rings as spacers. Love all the ideas!

  2. Linda Dias July 15, 2014

    I really like the loveknot version, but they are all great ideas

  3. Debbie Webb July 15, 2014

    I’m going to try the “jump rings as spacers” technique!

  4. Jean Barratt July 15, 2014

    I would try the love knot connectors, would add a new dimension to my beading

  5. Valerie Dayman July 15, 2014

    I love the “using jump rings as a love knot for a bail” idea! Brilliant!

  6. cheryl H. July 15, 2014

    I love all your projects!!

  7. Lena May July 15, 2014

    Jump rings are great for all types of projects! Love using them to join chain!

  8. indiasworld July 15, 2014

    i love these cool & easy projects using jump rings. very simple to do!!! thanks!

  9. Charla Kirby July 15, 2014

    I make my own jump rings by wrapping the wire around small dowels, ink pens and other thing the size I need. (I aloe make my earring wires the same way)

  10. Brenda S July 15, 2014

    Love the love knot connectors.

  11. Paula Middleton July 15, 2014

    I really like the texture of the jump rings as spacers. The color contrast on this bracelet between the jump rings and beads is very pleasing to the eye. I’m wondering what stringing material was used and how much movement the jump rings have in this spot, it seems dynamic.

  12. Dawn Doucette July 15, 2014

    I love the jumprings as love knots! I’m totally going to try that! That Erin, she’s always full of such great inspiration!!

  13. Molly Smith July 15, 2014

    I love all three, but if I have to choose what I’d like to try most, it is the “love knot connectors”. Thank you for the inspiration for new techniques.

  14. susanc July 15, 2014

    Great ideas and inspiration! I am going to give these ideas a try – thank you! :)

  15. Stacy in KS July 15, 2014

    All are wonderful ideas, but I especially love the “Love knot as a bail” idea. :)

  16. Michele Kirkman July 15, 2014

    I think I will try using jump rings to cover up crimps. Great idea

  17. Cassie Sirett July 15, 2014

    I love the idea of stringing the jump rings between beads. All the bracelets look beautiful!

  18. Nancy Knoblich July 15, 2014

    I like the idea of using jump rings to hide crimp beads, I’m always looking for ways to hide the crimps. I do love all three ideas though

  19. Lisa P July 15, 2014

    I would like to try jump rings as love knot connectors.

  20. Edee July 15, 2014

    I am glad I found this site, excited to see new ideas. Thank you.

  21. Angela Mullis July 16, 2014

    All projects are beautiful! I have never thought to use jump rings as spacers! Can’t wait to try it! Pretty please count me in for this amazing giveaway! Thanks!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

  22. Adriana Rios July 16, 2014

    I always use jumprings but never used them as spacers, great idea.

  23. Candace Ishmael July 16, 2014

    Like all the ideas, but my favorite is the “love knots”! :)

  24. Angela Law July 16, 2014

    I love all of the ideas, but love knot connector is my fave

  25. Nancy Jo Leachman July 16, 2014

    Great ideas. I also like to use multiple jump rings for reinforcements. For example, instead of attaching a clasp via a single jump ring, I might use 3. It reinforces the attachment and adds a funky look.

  26. Ann Rishell July 17, 2014

    I would like to try the love knot version. The look is great!

  27. Shirley July 17, 2014

    Erin is such a master at creating texture! I adore those love knots, what an easy way to create interest! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

  28. Shirley July 17, 2014

    I am now a happy blog follower too!

  29. Mary Lightner July 17, 2014

    I can’t decide. They are all awesome.

  30. Kathleen Ellis July 17, 2014

    Love all the tips & ideas!!! I’m a follower now too! :-)

  31. Shirley July 18, 2014

    Leaving a comment for today…yes, I am very excited about this giveaway!

  32. Candace Ishmael July 18, 2014

    Love these bracelets and love the blog!

  33. Kati July 19, 2014

    I’m going to try all 3! I have several necklaces that I’m going to try the stacks at the end, and bracelets I’m going to try the love knots and endings. So pretty!

  34. Sandy July 19, 2014

    Love knot connectors. Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. Sarah Ostriyznick July 19, 2014

    I like the idea to use them at the end to cover the crimp. :)

  36. Shirley July 20, 2014

    Commenting for today. I keep going back and reading, this article has my brain buzzing with alternate uses for other beads. I’ve decided my house key needs it’s own jump ring with a bead on it…:)

  37. Shirley July 21, 2014

    Last day to comment to win, crossing my fingers! :)