I like to really learn and advance my skills in chainmaille jewelry making and so I decided that for this Christmas, I will be giving chainmaille bracelets to my aunties and girl cousins as gifts. I can practice chainmaille and at the same time, I am making gifts. I’m hitting two birds with one stone!
So far, I have already made four captive pearl bracelets in different colors.
I purchased these knitting needles. I cut the hook ends and used an electric drill to make coils faster. To cut the coils I am using a jeweler’s saw and this awesome tool, jump ring coil cutting pliers. To cut the coils I am using a jeweler’s saw and this awesome tool, jump ring coil cutting pliers.
At first, it was difficult to saw but then after a while, I got used to it and find it easy to do. But one thing I noticed is that on some jump rings, even though I am already using a jeweler’s saw, still, the ends do not have a clean cut.
Before, I throw away these rejected jump rings, but I figured I am wasting wire. 🙁 I tried to use emery to take away that extra sharp wire at the ends but the rings are small and difficult to handle and it doesn’t work well.
I remembered I had this burring tool that I have purchased three years ago. I saw on a video that you can use the burring tool to round wire ends if you’re making earrings and the result is a smooth end but I never really used it because I have plenty of stocks of ready-made earrings.
But now, the burring tool is a magic tool for me! I tried to bur the tip that is sharp on one of the jump rings and voila! It worked! I just bur it so slightly because I don’t want to create more damage to the ends. Now, I won’t be wasting any jump rings, no matter how sharp the ends are. I hope this jewelryhack is a good tip and you’ll find it useful, too. 🙂
Happy jewelry making!