I ordered "STAINLESS STEEL SAW CUT JUMP RINGS 18 SWG .045" - 1/4'' ID" from Ebay. I can't close them!
STAINLESS STEEL SAW CUT JUMP RINGS 18 SWG (.045") 1/4 '' ID
Saw Cut Jump Rings Made From 308 Stainless Steel A Very Strong Alloy And Very Shinny
I coil the wire and cut the rings with a .008'' thick jewelers blade. This leaves a very nice cut edge for tight closures, a must for chainmaille, jewelry, and armor making!
They are washed, tumbled and then washed again. This cleans and polishes the rings to a brilliant shine!
18 swg 1/4'' Open Jump Rings actual dimensions are as listed...........
18 S.W.G (STANDARD WIRE GAUGE) .045''
Inside Diameter .28'' 7mm
Outside Diameter .37'' 9.4mm
A.R. (ASPECT RATIO) 6.2
Not all of that means much to me but I'm trying to provide as much info as possible to see if it's the jump rings that are the problem or if I'm the problem. I'm new to this and don't have any experience with jump rings.
I watched Youtube videos and I know to pull them sideways and to push them back together sideways, back and forth, but they won't close when I do that or when I push them together using pliers that have a round indent for closing rings. I even tried filing the inside just in case the ends were't flat but they still won't close. I can't even get anywhere near a tight fit, the ends don't even touch and when I'm working with them, they often go flying. I tried using a bunch of different pliers, including sharp ended ones and flat ended ones together but it's a no go.