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Re: making jewelry joints secure

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Jun 20 2003 - 05:29:49 PDT


ALso, what gage wire or jump ring are you making? Are you lifting the
joint up or down to open/close it? I imagine you are using cold
connections, ie, not soldering. Soldering is the best way to keep jump
rings together, but if you aren't soldering, make sure the gage is at
least 16 or 14 to be sturdy enough to hold the shape of the ring. When
you close your jump rings, make sure you are using two pair of flat
pliers...one on each side of the ring, near the joint. WIth your
pliers,push the two sides tightly together at the joint. An up and down
movement with pressure applied to the center of the joint is the way to
do it. Also, if you are sawing and cutting out metal to hang, or if you
are using a charm, etc. the thicker the metal the better it will stay
in the jump ring. If you hammer metal to dangle too thin, it will slip
out. Perhaps you would like to add a drop of superglue or something
where the joint touches? Hope this helps.

Linda

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