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DIY Your Own RICH Textured Jumprings

Here’s one of my handy dandy tricks that will turn cheap chain links into gorgeous custom jump ring findings that will set you apart from your competition. Question: Do you have that one box filled with chain?? All the chain that you’ve bought over the years, that is left over from projects, or bought well just because it was just plain dirt cheap??? LOL I confess i’m guilty on all three counts. Here is just ONE pile of many that speaks to my guilty confession.

How to change cheap chain links into gold that sells.

How to change cheap chain links into gold that sells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what I do. Using some basic hammers and a textured surface, I hammer out the links giving them a total makeover. Here I’m using a patterned concrete patio floor just outside my studio door. PS I’ve been known to collect found metal and rock objects in which to hammer on. Sometimes I even carry a hammer and and my metal bits on my morning walk looking for different textures.

It's quick and easy to hammer links on a textured surface.

It’s quick and easy to hammer links on a textured surface.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a difference texture makes!!! The only place to find textured jumprings that look this rich are from handmade jewelry findings shops… sorry for the shameless plug…like https://www.etsy.com/shop/safarisister OR you can recycle what you have by using this easy trick and creating your own unique rich findings for your jewelry making projects. Fabulous!!

Recycle cheap chain Links into your own unique rich jewelry findings.

Recycle cheap chain Links into your own unique rich jewelry findings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you have your own custom chain links in just minutes now the real fun begins. You can use as a design element unto themselves on a simple earring hook. What about taking different sizes and color of links and combining in interesting combinations to make your own chain. Wire wrap with your favorite gems and beads. PS Chain is HOT for 2014. Here’s some examples of how I utilized my recycled textured links into my jewelry making projects.

Here is a long fringe necklace and earring set that I created in under an hour using my own findings from Safarisister.Etsy.com

Here is a long fringe necklace and earring set that I created in under an hour using my own findings from Safarisister.Etsy.com

How I turned cheap jumprings into rich jewelry making design elements

 

I hope you enjoyed this tip straight off the workbench here at Safarisister. If you LIKED this please share with a friend. Or leave a comment and share any chain related projects you’re working on. Enjoy your jewelry making day ~ Jacky

  • Margaret Hagopian-Slack

    Costume jewelry finds at yard sales is great for this purpose too if you do not have a big box of leftover chain.
    I use sterling silver chain in many of my earring designs but I seldom have pieces left over. Same for Gold filled chain.
    Great idea if you have used inexpensive chain in the past and have lots left over.
    Your efforts in Mexico are noteworthy. Your etsy shop looks great and the prices are awesome.

    • Jacky Powell

      Hi Margaret, oh awesome comment! Absolutely, i’m such a magpie for garage sales, friends old costume jewelry, thrift shops, and even those after Christmas costume jewelry sales! PS as you can see I have Favorited your passion cuff – i think we’re kindred spirits :>

      Everyone you can check out Margaret’s unique one of kind jewelry designs in her etsy shop – rich eclectic mix of gems, beads and noble metals. RICOO!
      https://www.etsy.com/shop/gemgalmachias

  • Ann Wittman

    I am fairly new to jewelry design and I feel like a sponge soaking up any tidbit I find! Being retired gives me the time to pursue my passion for all kinds of beads and patterns. I seem to enjoy the challenge of working with seed beads and working with patterns as well as stringing. I have no website but am on facebook, but haven’t used it to it’s full advantage. I enjoy all the info here.

    • Jacky Powell

      Helllo Ann, welcome to my little work corner :> and thanks so much for checking out http://www.safarisister and last but not least your awesome comment! Ya know i totally understand, I’ve been making jewelry and findings OMG over 25 years – in the form of a hobby, art school, traveling, making and designing. To this day, I tell ya, I am still soaking up tidbits as well. Congrats on what sounds to be living life part two. Having time to pursue your passions and creativity is just plain wonderful. Would love to see your seed bead work Ann!!

      PS I’m a US expat, via San Francisco, living now in Chiapas, Mexico where the beading and textile arts are thriving going on 1000′s of years now. It’s amazing. I”m overwhelmed at times. My background is mostly in metal related techniques so I have sooo much respect for beading artists. It’s a painstaking, precise, delicate, gorgeous form of art and craft that takes years to perfect.

      The video here: http://safarisister.com/easy-seed-bead-wrapping-for-2014-earrings-more/ is where I have observed a beading technique that local indigenous artisans utilize and made it my own. I will follow up with a full length video as there are a couple tips and tricks that make it much easier and create a better result.

      thx again and have a wonderful weekend Ann! Jacky

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