In this guide we cover the following topics
How to attach split rings using split ring pliers or split ring tweezers
Are pliers better than tweezers?
How to choose the right size split ring for your bracelet or chain
How to attach split rings using split ring pliers or tweezers
Using split rings to securely attach your sterling silver charms to your charm bracelet or necklace is a snap when you use split ring pliers or tweezers. With the right tools you will not damage your fingernails trying to open the rings and you will not have to watch the little buggers go flying across the room as they snap shut and try to escape.
You will need a split ring, split ring pliers or tweezers, and the item you will attach to the split ring. Remove any jump ring from your charm so the split ring will be the only link between the charm and the bracelet.
Open the pliers and slide the split ring on the longer arm of the tool. As you close the tool, make sure the pointed (curved) arm comes down between the coils of the split ring to separate them. Once you have a grip on the split ring, you can slide it around toward the open end so you can add your charm or bracelet to the ring.
Slide the object that you are attaching to the split ring onto the open end. Hold the object in your fingers and use flat nose pliers or fingertips to slide the split ring around to the other side, until the object and ring dangle freely. (Just like putting a key on a keyring)
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to attach the charm to your bracelet or chain. Open the other side of the split ring and repeat the process to attach the item to a charm bracelet. Opening each side of the split ring will help keep it from stretching out and losing its shape.
Are split ring pliers better than tweezers
Pliers and tweezers both work exactly the same.
Tweezers are a low cost alternative to pliers but they truly work
equally as well. The main difference is the grip. With
pliers you grip the handles using your entire hand (in a "C" shape if
you are left-handed and a backwards "C" shape if you are right
handed). When using tweezers you use the thumb and index finger
to press the tip of the tweezer together and open the split ring.
Choosing the right size sterling silver split ring for your bracelet
5mm Split Rings:
5mm sterling split rings are the softest and most likely to lose their shape if attached to a bracelet with large links. This size ring is best for the smallest bracelet links and small charms.
6mm Split rings:
6mm is the most common size. Most charms come with either a 6mm jump ring or a split ring. For medium weight charm bracelets 6mm rings will work well.
7mm & 7.3mm:
7mm and 7.3mm rings are best for charm bracelets with think chain links. 7mm and 7.3mm rings usually snap back to shape better the smaller sizes but if used on a small link bracelet the distance from the bracelet to the charm can appear too big. We recommend these split rings for thick, heavy chain links.
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Charm FAQs for Vintage Charm Bracelet Collectors I
Charm FAQs for Vintage Charm Bracelet Collectors II