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About this design:

Conquering my fear of jump rings. I just hope it doesn't fall apart. :-)


Heavy brass chain, assorted brass charms, rusty pink freshwater pearls and lots and lots of jump rings.

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  1. Laud
    Laud says:

    I know that fear, but it’s probably not as delicate as you think. Love your mix of interesting elements. Cool design!

  2. nutz4beadz
    nutz4beadz says:

    Beautiful design, all charms are lovely together.

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    JC Hamm says:

    Great design, I love this.

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    This is awesome!

  5. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    Love your mix of charms! This is really great. I know the fear of jump rings. I’m always afraid that everything will fall off or I’ll crush my finger when I try to close the silly things!

  6. Asia
    Asia says:

    I like it a lot :D

  7. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    LOL jump rings…the bain of my existence as far as jewelry making goes. They come apart, I over stretch them, squeeze them too much, they JUMP across the room.
    Love your bracelet, great mix of charms.

  8. Lynn g
    Lynn g says:

    Just love your charm bracelet, what a fab. mix of charms.

  9. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Love this bracelet!!!
    To decrease the chance of having jump rings fall off, it helps to use a heavy-enough gauge of wire. The more stress the ring will have to endure, the thicker the wire should be. Avoid flimsey jumprings.
    To avoid miss-shaped jump rings, I use 2 pliers to open and close them. To open, hold one side steady, use the other plier to bend one edge “out of the plane” of the ring. (move the moving end above -or below, whatever you prefer- the stationary end) To close, reverse this motion to bring the two edges back into alignment. Don’t open & close like pacman chomping ( going from “o” to “c” and back!

  10. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Gee. Thanks for the positive feedback, everyone.

    And thanks for the mini-tutorial, Eeka! I have been using the two plier method. I need to get a better assortment of jump rings so that I can scale them to the pieces I am attaching more effectively. Or I suppose I could take the next step and start making my own. Do you make your own?

  11. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    I have made my own. I really need to buy a saw, though. You get better edges that align that way. Even w/a good flush-cuter, they aren’t perfect …

  12. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    This is fabulous!!! I love, love, love clunky charms flopping all over!! Very nice!!!!!

    I do that too, Eeka! It’s a lot easier to cut some things than others. I can do sterling straight but not steel. I need a saw, too.

  13. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Saws and saw blades are surprisingly inexpensive!

  14. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I really like this! I don’t have all the patience to open/close all those jumprings…but when I do, I “wiggle the 2 ends back and forth past each other a few times to “harden” the metal…

  15. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    I really like your bracelet….but I do not like jump rings and don’t use them unless they are closed…I use split rings, I feel safer with them.

  16. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    So cool!!! Yep… jump rings are difficult, but so necessary! :(

    I am SO enthralled with your use of SONG TITLES for so many of your pieces. At first I thought it was just me… assuming too much… But now I absolutely know you are purposely chosing awesome song tiltes for your pieces. I *SO* appreciate your cleverness!!!!! :)

  17. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    I gave this to a co-worker this week and she loved it. It made me so happy. :-)

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