I made this video for Morgan (from Florida) – she asked if there is any way of salvaging a jump ring that has balled up (or has become deformed after it has failed to weld securely).
Although 925 silver and gold filled jump rings are inexpensive ($0.06 and $0.12 ea, respectively) and your time costs far more trying to fix it than to just use a new one when a client is waiting, sometimes you’re short on them! Also, for solid 14k gold, they are over $2 ea. (And let’s not get me started about waste, and the need to reduce, reuse and recycle). So, this is a skill that one should master – it will come in handy.
The key here is to have a pair of good flush cutters (that can cut wire with one end completely flat). If your jump ring ends have balled up, you can flatten the balled area a little – this will give you “more jump ring”.
By the way – I’d love to read your comments and feedback on this and any of my videos. Perhaps you have an idea of what you’d like to see demonstrated in another video. If I think others might find it interesting and I can film it, I’ll try my best.