Tuesday Tips & Tricks :: Jazzy Jump Rings
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If 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.
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 spacers
- Intertwined as love knots for a more secure and stylish bail for pendants or connectors
- All tangled up at the ends of a necklace or bracelet to hide crimps
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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