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Raw materials are a major consideration for any project. It's wise to be cost-conscious but foolish to be cheap and use inferior ones. A large jump ring in aluminum may be had for fractions of a cent but the same one in 18k gold could be pushing $100. Even small ones add up quickly when there are hundreds.

Damage happens in unlikely ways.
Replacing a bad ring after-the-fact on complicated weaves will not be remembered fondly. A $2000 gold bracelet, $400 sterling silver necklace, or $50 copper pendant should be flawless. At some price and quality it will stop being jewelry. Inexpensive doesn't mean poorly made, and costly doesn't mean well-made.

Here are some pre-ruined jump ring scenarios. Get rid of them stat:

  • Non saw-cut rings - These don't pass the jewelry test. It doesn't make sense, or cents. Literally, a few more pennies get saw-cut rings. The upside with junk rings is the time savings. The ends are so deformed that they will never line up anyway, so no need to waste time on good closures.
  • Tacoed rings - It might be the first or last ring(s) in a coil or mangled by the cutter. The out-of-roundedness may be the least of its problems.
  • Chad rings - These have hanging or protruding pieces of metal. All pinch- and shear-cut have this to some degree. Saw-cut rings can show this, too. They can be dangerous, never mind unsightly. If the ring is OK otherwise then remove (file, sand, cut) the chad. That hanging metal came from somewhere so be on the lookout for a ring with a missing chunk.
  • 'C' rings - Covering two possible scenarios, they have been opened too much. One vaguely looks like the letter 'C' (radially expanded, like Pacman opening his mouth). Laterally (twisted), it resembles a loose helix.
    NOTE: Sometimes a ring has to be opened so much it seems "damaged" in the process.
  • Nicks, gouges, scratches, voids - Damage happens in unlikely ways. A section of wire could be heavily scratched or discolored. Pliers could bang into virgin coil.
  • Cosmetic - Paint chips off. Plating wears away. Anodized rings fade and are often cut after coloring so the exposed uncolored edges are painfully obvious. Super-bright colors...well, there's a reason the market is flooded with that stuff.
  • Design - Ring and wire sizes have a dramatic effect. Weaves like Jens Pind Linkages have strict A.R. requirements. In general, too loose and the weave won't display properly, too tight and it might bind, too flimsy and it won't hold up. A Half-Persian 9-in-1 made of unsoldered 1" inner diameter rings with 0.5mm dead soft 0.999 silver wire will fall apart before it even has a chance to fail.

Posted by M: April 18, 2019

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