The Quad Jump Ring Former is one of Durston’s most popular and unique professional tools. It is the only Jump Ring Former of its calibre to come with a four-sided coil holder as well as 20 plated mandrels that range from 2.5mm to 12mm, offering maximum versatility and flexibility. The high stem coiler and full-sized handle give plenty of room for your hands, and it can be mounted on a bench or vice to make it as easy to use as possible. It also comes with a flex shaft holder, Durston lubricant, a blade, and two different sizes of Allen keys.
What is a Jump Ring?
A jump ring is a wire ring whose ends are close or touching but not soldered or welded together, allowing the user to put something through the narrow space and attach it to the ring. They are made by wrapping the wire around a mandrel, which creates a coil that you then cut with wire cutters to produce multiple rings. Centuries ago, this metalworking method was primarily used to create chain mail clothing for Medieval knights. Today, however, this use is less widespread, and jump rings are typically used to make jewelry, chains, or ornaments.
How Do I Use the Quad Ringer?
Start by choosing a mandrel and placing it in the coil winder. After you tighten the chuck and make sure that mandrel isn’t going anywhere, you can secure the end of your wire into the tiny hole on the mandrel and tightly wind the wire around the mandrel by turning the handle clockwise. As you get to the end of the wire, go slow and hold onto the wire so that it doesn’t spring back and cut you.
Next, you’ll take the mandrel out of the winder and cut the coil loose from the part that is secured in the tiny hole. Once you’ve made sure there are no sharp edges that could cut you, slide the coil off.
Take your flexible shaft, Dremel or Fordham, and slide the flex shaft holder over the handpiece and onto the wire. Place the blade onto the flexible shaft’s chuck and tighten. Bring the shaft holder back up to the handpiece and place it so that the small engraved line at the open cutting face lines up with the blade. Once it’s lined up tighten the shaft holder with an Allen key. Make sure that when you place your coil holder lid on the blade, it’s able to move through the slit in the holder.
Secure your coil holder onto a bench or vice and place the coil on it. Rub some lubricant over the top of the coil. Then, secure the coil holder lid over the top of the coil with the bolts that come with the set. You’re now ready to run your blade through the slot in the lid and cut your coil!
If you need visual guidance on how to use the Quad Ringer, you can watch our step-by-step video on how to make jump rings with a standard ringer. It’s the same process, only that product’s coil holder has two sides, not four, so the video will have you churning out jump rings in no time.