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Re: making jewelry joints secure

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From: Dorothy Kane (creativemetals_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jun 20 2003 - 10:01:56 PDT


A few more thoughts:
Rings should be sawed, not nipped for flat, solid joint.....Gauge of wire is relative
to diameter of ring. i.e., you can use thinner wire if using a smaller
ring.....Doubling up on rings deters breakage.

Dorothy

> 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
> jumprings 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.
> Whenyou close your jump rings, make sure you are using two pair of
> flatpliers...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
> downmovement with pressure applied to the center of the joint is
> the way to ...

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