Friday, 3 April 2009

Attaching charms with jump rings & chain – how I do it

I’ve had lots of requests on how I attach my charms with chain and jump rings so I have quickly done a simple step-by-step for those that wanted to know.

I use forceps (medical ones that I picked up from a medical suppliers here in Newcastle) but any pointed nose pliers will do the trick, tweezers won’t work as they are not strong enough. I use cheap silver plated jump rings and chain which I get from the jewellery section in Hobbycraft but I would think you could pick these supplies up at any bead/craft store.charms-1Hold the jump ring with both sets of forceps/pliers with the join uppermost. charms-2Twist the right hand forceps/pliers towards you – DO NOT PULL IT OUTWARDS, all this does is misshape the jump ring, By twisting it forwards to open and backwards to close the ring remains a perfect circle and does not distort. charms-3 Repeat with the other end of the chain and feed this jump ring on to the brad to secure to your flower.charms-4I hope this helps a little, looking forward to seeing all the dangling charms lol


Thanks for looking,

35 comments:

  1. Thank you for showing! Have a nice weekend! Hugs, Moni

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  2. This will help out loads, i have always seen them ask. brill pics too. You make it look so easy... now where did i pu them jump rings

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  3. This is so great! I also found out that they will ship the charms to USA - I am so thrilled because I have never seen charms here that are this cute!

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  4. Hi Bev .. thanks so much for the fab tutorial - must give this a go!! I have one pair of pliers and have bought a "ring" gadget with slits in that you put on your finger and then slot the jump ring in ... I knew about opening in one direction and not outwards, but with the "ring gadget" opening them is fine but can't then close thema gain!! You would have p****d yourself laughing if you could have seen me struggling with this the other evening ... i split half my nails lol!! I Will definitely try a second pair of pliers or forceps - they look so much finer for grabbing hold (if you'll ardon the expression!!)

    Thanks again for the tips hun - much appreciated
    Hugs
    Pauline x

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial bev i really do love those charms, I put my order in at Hobby House yesterday and wooohoo they have are on their way already. I cant wait to have a play..thankyou for your kind comments on my blog
    luv

    linniexxx

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  6. lovely clear picks hun. thanks for the tutorial, will have to get myself some fine chain now, the stuff i have is a tad too thick..lol..hugs rachx

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  7. Bev - thanks so much for sharing this - pics are really great for the detail.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Love Valx

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  8. thanks so much for this tutorial. I have been wondering what you were using !! looks adorable with the dangling charm.

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  9. Yup thanks from me to! Awesome.

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  10. Oooo, yes you will be seeing this on mine, thanks xx
    Sarah-Jane xx

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  11. Thanks Bev,so easy to see and understand, you explained it better than the tutor at the jewellery making class i am going to

    Norma x

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  12. thanks Bev, you make it look so easy
    hugs
    Anne x

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  13. Thank you Bev so much, I love your flowers, Ive been looking all over the the charms you use and cant find anything like that here in the US been thinking about ordering them from the place you shop, I so totally love your work

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  14. It helps alot, I've always wondered, tfs!

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  15. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  16. Great tutorial...and Jacque is right. You can't find these charms or anything close as nice as the ones you use her in the states. Will have to check out Hobby House...next month. My quota for this month is shot! LOL

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing Bev,have been wanting to do this for a while...... I do need to get some pliers.I also wasn't sure what chain you used and if you chopped a long piece into smaller sections,I have been looking for short pieces of chain with no luck....lol....I have saved this to my favourites.
    Hugs xx

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  18. I have wondered many times about this, THANKS. Also, what do you cut the chain with? I have huge bolt cutters for large guage wire etc. outside but there must be something similar to use on the small stuff. ms.cheryl

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  19. Thanks so much for this, Bev! Now all I need to know is where you get your charms! They are always fabulous!

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  20. What a great pictorial tutorial. Thank you for being so sharing with your trademark. Hugs from Desire

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  21. Hi Bev, brilliant tutorial it certainly helps to see it done in these close up photos. I think its the first time Ive seen it done so well. Well done love and hugs Shirleyx

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  22. what a great tutorial Bev and thank you so very much for sharing it with us. My charms arrived this morning from the Hobby House and they're absolutely gorgeous, thank you Bev for informing us they well on sale there. (((hugs))) xx vicki xx

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  23. thanks for showing us Bev, I must go buy some :0)
    x

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  24. thanks for sharing ~
    vanessa xx

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  25. Thanks for the lovely tutorial Bev! You are so awesome to share all of your details with us! :)
    Hugs~ Kim

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  26. Brilliant tut Bev ... never thought of using forceps ... blimey I have loads at work too - you are a clever bunny!!!! Will get some fine chain next time I am out - This is the perfect way to attach all my lovely new charms. Thanks Bev, another problem solved!
    -x-

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  27. Brilliant tutorial and piccies Bev, thanks so much for sharing your expertise. -x-

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  28. thanks for that Bev,its so easy when someone shows you how.
    poppy

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  29. I thought we were in for a surgical procedure when I saw the forceps Bev!lol! great tutorial, tfs {hugs} hope you're having a good weekend xx

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  30. Thank you very much for sharing this! I love your charms on the cards!

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  31. Great tut hun xx Thanks for taking time out to do this xx Clare x

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  32. Ah HA! So that is how it's done. :O) What a wonderful tutorial. My unused hardware thanks you for it's new lease on life! :O)

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  33. Thank you very much for this tutorial, I was already wondering how you make it!
    Love, Renate

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