I make jewellery for many reasons, and having worked on a few Live Role Play jewellery commissions, I've picked up a few tricks that apply to all jewellery.
Here's my latest jewellery trick I'll share with you ;)
(Hang on you ask, Live what now? Live Role Play is basically improvised theater, where the participants play make believe for their own collective entertainment, rather than to entertain an audience. The costumes and accessories are often amazing!)
A recent commission was to strengthen a piece of costume jewellery for this rather splendid looking chap.
"A repair job? It's simple." thinks I.
Oh how my aching fingers mock me now!
Rick's chain is an important part of his costume, but links kept opening up and the chain falling apart.
I realised that for this project, split rings were the answer. Split rings are like teeny keyring rings, so when you loop them together, unlike a jump ring, they don't just open up a gap and unloop when pulled.
However... you have to individually open each one using tweezers, and then hold them open while you feed the next ring on, and so on, and so on...
The chain sections are now all replaced, and the Duke of Joy and Sorrow will be able to don his full regalia without worrying that if it gets caught on something it'll end up falling into a portaloo.
If you're unable to solder shut jump rings, then split rings are great for a secure link. Ideal if you want a pendant on a cord or chain, and want to lesson worry about loosing it, likewise for attaching drop earrings to their wire or stud, or dangly things to bag charms.
Add split rings to your jewellery know how, and keep things secure!