Now let’s make a few jump rings. We need 7 rings for each earring. Take a mandrel that is measuring about 0.8cm in diameter. In this case, I am using the pliers’ holder as shown in the picture. Cut approximately 20cm of 18 gauge wires and attached it onto the mandrel and bend one end upward.
Rotate your wrapping hand towards your body to wrap the wires around the mandrel.
Repeat to make the subsequent circles until you reach the end of the wires. You may leave approximately 1.5cm of wires unwrapped.
Remove the coils from the mandrel.
Use your wire cutter to trim the end of the coil. Notice I use the flat side of the pliers to cut the wire to ensure the end is flat.
Loosen out the space between the coils by pulling them outward.
Now place your wire cutter at the 2nd layer of the coils which is slightly towards the right side from the end of the 1st layer. This is to allow some rooms for trimming and to ensure sufficient wires to form the whole ring. Once position is identified, cut it out from the coil.
This is how the jump ring looks like after you cut it out.
Use your flat side of the wire cutter to cut off the wires slightly from the edges.
Use flat or round nose pliers to close the gap by moving 2 sides of the ring to centre of the ring.
This is how the jump ring will look like once you close it
Place the rings onto a steel block and flatten the rings using a hammer.
Hammer for the rest of the rings. You are done!
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