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kannd86
« on: April 02, 2009 08:22:08 PM »

I made a bracelet today but it broke.  The monofilament slipped through the slit in the jump ring, even though it was closed tightly. I guess there's always that possibility of the string slipping through.  What can I do to avoid this?  I thought of soldering it shut, but I don't have a soldering iron.  I also thought of using crimp beads to somehow make the jump ring one solid circle.  It works in theory but not in practice.   What should I do?
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009 07:59:41 AM »

I'd suggest using a bead tip. That way the thread would have no contact with the jump ring.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009 12:15:51 PM »

I used to have this problem all the time. There are a few things you can do:
1. Use fasteners that have a closed loop to attach your string/wire to.
2. Use closed/soldered jump rings. (I find them to be expensive, though.)
3. My favorite option, make a wire-wrapped loop to attach string/wire to. I like to have a little wire wrapped bead next to the fastener. Picture below of what I mean.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2009 12:40:07 PM »

I use my needle nose pliers to squish the jump ring into a slight oval shape. That way the thread/wire will pull against the solid part of the ring not the space.
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2009 07:34:39 AM »

I always use the 'closed' jump rings for my findings in seed bead pieces. Of course, you will have to anticipate where this will be, because the closed jump ring is added during your seed beading. Then, even if the clasp breaks, after much wear and tear, it can be changed easily with the closed jump ring in tact.

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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2009 01:43:46 PM »

How about using split rings? I use the 5mm size which can be fiddly but I use a blunt knife to slide into them to open it a little and then push the clasp or wire onto it and tug it round.
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2009 06:03:12 AM »

I tend to use split rings or the closed loops on findings wherever possible - I don't like calottes (about halfway down this page) all that much, personally, but they are another option. I also find that thicker monofilament or tiger tail don't slip through so easily and jump rings made out of thicker wire don't have as much spring to them, so they don't open up so easily under the slight amount of pressure from the weight of the beaded piece. 

The number of different solutions to this problem is quite intriguing. Creative lot, aren't we?
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2009 11:40:03 AM »

instead of using a jump ring, you should use a split ring which is sort of a tiny little keyring the size of a jump ring. the monofilament can not slip out if you use jumprings. Hope this helps!
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« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2009 01:11:16 PM »

feast your eyes - beautiful necklace.  I'm intriqued by your idea of a wire wrapped bead at your clasp.  I'm not certain, but do you use a crimp bead.

I tried monofilament or actually fishing line and it just did not work with a crimp bead.  My line immediately broke.

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