On the Fly

Creating an impromptu jump-ring jig

By Helen I. Driggs

It never fails: Students will always ask me to demo something that was not technically on the menu, and when I am far from home, I’ll inevitably need to scramble. I was recently asked about making a large quantity of jump rings and, of course, at that time, I didn’t have my jump ringer set, wooden dowels, or even a set of bent-nosed pliers in my travel toolbox, so I had to make do with what I could scrounge up in the art room. My solution actually worked out well, so if one day you find yourself without a jump ring making set, you may find it helpful, too.

For this project, you’ll need a Sharpie, a ruler, a paint stick, a C-clamp, and a wood dapping/forming block.