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    I am trying so hard with this jewellery making I've got lots of ideas but am having trouble with earring loops ( was getting there but they're not perfect ) squeezing the jump rings together ( keep doing it to much and end up with oval jump rings ) am useless with beads and just generally I'm not a natural but I do enjoy doing it
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    Everything takes practice Sun

    When I first started mine where terrible, I broke glass beads,made pigs ears of all my findings and lost patience with everything.
    Spend as much time as possible looking at designs ,sometimes the simpliest designs are the most effective,buy some jewellery making magazines and do exactly what you have been doing ....enjoy it

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    • #3
      Hi. don't know about anyone else, but I find it easier to twist the jump to open it then just twist it back to close. that way I dont end up with overlapping egg shapes, hehe.. had my fair share of those thank you very much.... Hils
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      • #4
        twist jump rings

        hi there, I'm new to jewellery making & if you look on utube or google how to make ......... you will get loads of info & videos showing you just what you want to do. You twist jump rings, not pull apart.
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        • #5
          i made my first 3 pairs of earings today after following instructions. i read you are not supposed to pull jump rings apart but twist them open otherwise they dont close properly.as im no expert im sure others will be able to advise on the proper way to deal with stubborn jump rings.
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          • #6
            Twist them sideways, dont pull them apart. Another point is to do this sloooowly, as doing it fast can soften the metal (or so im told by someone much more expert than I)

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            • #7
              Dont fret - its just practice and once you have your technique sussed you'll be able to do it automatically! I have several vids on you tube showing all sorts of jewellery making techniques (including loops) - the link is below - hope they help
              Mel

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lilac Moon Designs View Post
                Hi. don't know about anyone else, but I find it easier to twist the jump to open it then just twist it back to close. that way I dont end up with overlapping egg shapes, hehe.. had my fair share of those thank you very much.... Hils
                I agree using 2 pliers and twisting the jump ring open actually gives you a cleaner finish as well when you close it back again.
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                • #9
                  Get yourself a long piece of wire, snip it into bits and practice loops on that. I'm still not perfect but have improved vastly! Library has loads of good beading books if you dont want to buy them, ours lets you order them online from other libraries so I look thourgh what I want on Amazon and then order it from the library for 60p.
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                  • #10
                    As said above, I use one pair of pliers to hold the ring, and then use another to twist it open.

                    All takes practice
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                    • #11
                      Many moons ago when I started I really struggled with jump rings and using 2 sets of pliers. I was given a jumpring mate by a supplier and I've never looked back. once I mastered the art of using it - it does take some getting used to but I found it much easier than 2 sets of pliers - and had confidence in what I was doing, then I spent time practicing with the 2 sets of pliers and can now do them fine.

                      Rome wasn't built in a day - keep practicing and you will master it eventually.
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