In my attempt to save the fingers of jump-ring cuttin' jewelry artists, the Jump Ring Jig is on sale ... normally $32.00 ... now $27.20 ... that's a 15% discount (I had to use a calculator ... just thought I'd save you the trouble!) I love this tool! After I cut my thumb terribly when trying to cut 14 gauge copper jump rings, I asked my brother-in-law, John, to make one for me. I figured if he could build custom homes, he could make this gadget! :-)
I originally saw it in Bob Dancik's book, "Amulets and Talismans" and now it's in Kim St. Jean's book, "Mixed Metal Mania." It's my favorite tool, too! Here's how it works:
Instructions for Use
Coil a wire around an object to create the jump ring measurement you desire. My favorite tool is a pencil that creates an interior measurement of 10mm.
Lubricate the saw blade with bur life or other lubricant, including beeswax.
Detach one end of the saw blade from the saw. Slide the blade through the coiled wire and reattach the blade.
Place the coil in the V notch of the device. Hold the coil firmly in the notch with your nondominant hand while you begin sawing with your lubricated blade. Tilt the blade slightly downward so that you're only sawing through a few of the coils at a time.
Kim shows a leather flap that she places over the wire coil because the wire can get hot from the friction of sawing. So you can just place any small piece of fabric between your fingers and the coils as you press down on the coils.
Beautiful, precisely-fitting jump rings with no pinched ends ... and no injuries!
Instructions for Purchase
Go to my website www.paintingwithfireartwear.com, where you can purchase by paypal or credit card. Look under the "Special Sale" category. The sale starts today and expires in two weeks ... on June 16.
Thank you for shopping with me. :-)