Tagged: Jewelry making

Aug 12

How to Use Split Ring Pliers

How To Use Split Ring Pliers (courtesy of JewelrySupply)

A lot of you have been asking exactly how do you open up split rings, or how do you use a split ring plier? It kinds of looks like a chain nose that got a little a, you know, damaged somewhere along the way, but it’s actually very, very useful.

If you look at a split ring, and if you’ve ever tried to open one,you probably found out that you’re gonna rip your thumbnails up pretty quick. A split ring plier, basically, you take the flat end, or the flat jaw, and slide it into the loop. Take the bent jaw – see this right here – and you’re actually gonna line that up just on the other side of one of the split rings, and then press. See? It’s actually gonna open it up for you a little bit. At this point, you would take a jump ring or an end of a clasp, or whatever you’re gonna attach the split ring to and slide it right in there.

Now, at this point, you would just take your fingers and kind of let off on the pressure of the split ring plier a little bit – just so it closes ever so slightly, and then slide it down the split ring a little more. Just keep inching your way down there until it locks into place, and then you’re set! All you have to do is just remove the pliers and it will close on its own!

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Jul 13

How to Make Earrings

How To Make Easy Earrings (courtesy of JewelrySupply)

Hi! I’m Sarah, the designer for JewelrySupply.com. I’m gonna show you how to make a really quick and easy pair of earrings that you can wear with any outfit!

The materials I’m gonna use for these are:

2 – HP525s, or, the ball-end headpins in sterling silver

2 – 10mm Swarovsky bicones in Jet AD

2 – Sterling silver french earwires

2 – BD405s, or, 4mm sterling silver, round beads

The tools that you’re gonna need are:

Sidecutters
Chain nose (pliers)
Round nose (pliers)

So, first things first! Take one of your headpins and thread on a bicone and a roundie, just like that, and then make a simple loop. OK, then cut this off, just like this.

OK, now, there’s 2 ways that you can attach an earring to an earwire. The first way is to not close the loop completely on the headpin, and then attach the loop from the earwire onto the headpin, just like this, and then just continue to close it. OK, so that’s one way to do it!

The other way to do it is to close the loop completely on the headpin. And, then you would open the loop on the french earwire just like you would a jump ring. So, you’re not actually going to open the loop out; instead, you’re gonna open the loop on the earwire off to the side, like that, see? Then, you attach the loop of the headpin and, just like you would a jump ring, close it the same way you opened it – just the reverse. There you go! That’s the other way to do it.

Either way, this is a really quick and simple pair of earrings that you can make for any outfit that you have!

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