Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Attaching charms with chain and jump ring

I’ve had lots of requests on how I attach charms with chain and jump rings so here’s a quick mini tutorial for those that asked.

I use forceps (medical ones that I picked up from a medical suppliers here in Newcastle) but any pointed nose pliers will do the trick, tweezers won’t work as they are not strong enough. I use cheap silver plated jump rings and chain which I get from the jewellery section in Hobbycraft but I would think you could pick these supplies up at any bead/craft store or Ebay.


Hold the jump ring with both sets of forceps/pliers with the join uppermost.


Twist the right hand forceps/pliers towards you – DO NOT PULL IT OUTWARDS, all this does is misshape the jump ring, By twisting it forwards to open and backwards to close the ring remains a perfect circle and does not distort.


Repeat with the other end of the chain and feed this jump ring on to the brad to secure to your flower.


I hope this helps a little, looking forward to seeing all the dangling charms lol

Thanks for stopping by,