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How to finish the ends of fine gauge bulk chain
posted by Colleen Shirazi, June 8, 2007 at 4:11 PM (Pacific)

This is something I've been noodling around with for quite some time. The problem with attaching regular jump rings to the ends of fine-gauge chain, is that you stand a chance of the chain getting stuck in a tiny gap in the jump ring.

The answers I've seen most often consist of the following:
  • Use an oval jump ring. This is a special oval-shaped jump ring, with the cut made on the "long" side of the oval shape. Since whatever you put in the jump ring gravitates toward the "short" ends, the odds of anything getting stuck in the cut are substantially lower (plus the stress is on the stronger uncut wire).

  • Use Snapeez jump rings. I've never used these...they're special jump rings that are purported to "snap" shut.

  • Use split rings. I recently got some heavier-gauge split rings, and these have turned out pretty well on chain, but the ones I got were a bit large.

Fortunately, the lovely owner of Camali Design posted this neat idea on the jewelrymaking.about.com forum (published with permission):

"...why not use a wire wrap to attach chain to clasps etc. That way they definitely won't come loose. I sometimes just use a small silver bead and wrap that to chain and clasp. That way it just integrates and no need to use a stone if you don't want to. So, use a small 2 or 3mm silver bead, or if you like match any other stones in the necklace/bracelet with a small round or rondelle stone for the wrap."

If you go to her site, you can see this thought in action on some of the pieces.

Out of all of the options, this is likely the sturdiest and most interesting way to finish the chain.

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