Making Jump Rings (2) - Cutting Coiled Wire

In my last post, I talked about coiling wire as the first step of making jump rings. Once you have coiled wire, you need to continue the the second step, i.e. cutting it. Just as making coiled wire, there are also many ways to cut the coil wire. Here some alternatives that I have tried: 1. Flush cutter This is the simplest way, but wasting some of the material as flush cutter only make a flat cut in one side, so you have to cut again the other end of the wire to make it flat. You can only cut one at a time. And it takes time to cut a long coil. If I only need a few jump rings, I don't mind to do this way. 2. Jewelry saw This is the way I prefer. I always cut it with an angle, so only 2-3 ri

Cannon Beach (2) - Walking in the beach

My dog, Sonny, is a beach lover. He does not care whether the weather is rainy, windy and cold. He still loves walking in the beach. During my trip to Cannon Beach, we stayed in vacation rental in Hemlock street. Easy access to the beach. Has view to the haystack rocks. I walked in the beach with Sonny several times a day. Sometimes we just got back and was resting, and a few minutes later, Sonny kept jumping on me, sniffing my walking shoes, giving all signs that he wanted to take a walk again...... Once, we found a stream going to ocean. It's shallow but at first I thought that Sonny would be afraid of the water. End up he didn't mind at all, walked across this stream happily :-) and we c

Making Jump Rings (1) - Coiling Wire

I love to make wire jewelry. Therefore I often need to coil the wire, either to make jump rings, or to decorate the jewelry. Whatever the purpose, coiling wire is one of the most important tasks in my jewelry making process. I like to have 'a ready stock' of jump rings that I can use any time I need. Usually I bought some packages of jump rings in different sizes. But many times, I want the jump rings really matching the rest of the wire that I use to make a jewelry. In this case, I prefer to make jump rings by my own from the same materials. There are a lot of ways to coil the wire. All need 'mandrel' to create a consistent size. Here I shared some of the tools that I have tried: 1. Round

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