Watch as Andrew Berry explains the ins and outs of the new Pepetools Jump Ring Maker “JRM2”
I love a challenge
Recently I took part in a challenge on Lampworketc, a forum where I like to hang out. Several lampworkers each chose a picture and the challenge is to create one bead for each of the other lampworker’s pictures. It is a way to stretch artistic boundaries, exploring glass techniques or colorways a person would not normally choose. It is also a great way to combat a creative block. You know, when you sit down at the torch and look at your glass and are at a complete loss as to what to do. Everyone who creates in any medium has experienced this and exploring another person’s creative interests or preferences is a wonderful way to find your way back to your own muse.
This was the picture I chose:
This is the necklace that resulted from the exchange, I am really happy with it.
I still have a few beads left
over that I plan to work into a matching bracelet later when time allows.
I received some wonderful beads and was truly amazed at the different interpretations of my picture. I think as people sometimes we get caught up in the idea that everyone else sees the world in the same way that we do. It’s a great reality check to do an exercise like this that celebrates our differences.
After I received my beads I had a new challenge. How could I take them and create something that would express me and do justice to the all the little pieces of art I had received? I knew I wanted a dark stringing material. What I had on hand was lots of copper wire. I also had liver of sulfer. Hmmm.
I thought it would be fun to take you through a bit of my process and how I arrived at my final product and also talk about a couple of tools I use along the way. It wasn’t a big leap for me to go from copper wire to chain maille as I had just purchased one of these:
This amazing little tool is the Pepe Jump Ring Maker. I love chain maille and have for quite some time but the cost of buying rings to create all the things I wanted to create was becoming prohibitive so when Otto Frei had a sale on this I jumped (lol) on it.
PRODUCT TIP: Using the Jump Ring Maker
To watch our product video on how to use this tool click here.
Making your own jump rings is a pretty simple technique when you use this jump ring maker. This tutorial outlines the “how to’s” and addresses the important tips and techniques for the successful use of this tool.
It is VERY important that you wear safety glasses when using this tool. Be careful of the sharp blade on this tool. The blade on this tool is sharp and very thin, and can break after repeated use. The blade will also break if dropped on the ground. Using safety glasses is smart and safe.
Making jump rings requires two tools, the Jump Ring Maker and Foredom Flex Shaft. The Flex Shaft also requires the Flex Shaft Hanger (sold separately).
We recommend using copper wire to make a few sets of practice jump rings, then graduating to more expensive wire like sterling silver and gold-filled.
This tool does take practice. Focus all of your attention on your project when working with this tool.