Choosing the Right Jump Rings for Charms

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I use charms all the time, and I’m sure you do as well.  Today I’ve decided to share the formula I use to decide what size of jump ring to use for a charm.  Certainly a smaller charm gets a smaller charm gets a smaller ring, but the specifics can be tricky to figure out.  So, without further ado, the formula goes like this.

  • If the size of the charm is less than or equal to 1 square centimeter use a 20 gauge 3mm ID jump ring.
  • If the size of the charm is greater than 1 square centimeter use a 18 gauge 3.75mm ID jump ring.

Some things that can complicate the decision are

  • If the charm has a very small hole use a 22 gauge 3mm ID jump ring
  • If the charm is very long and skinny but still has an area less than 1 square centimeter it gets a 20 gauge 3mm ID jump ring

For anyone not familiar with the metric system, a square centimeter refers to a square with 4 sides that are each 1 centimeter long.

 

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