Using Split Ring Pliers

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Opening and attaching a split ring is easy when you use split ring pliers. Here’s how!
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Tip 1We recommend base metal split rings over sterling or gold-filled. The base metal split rings retain their shape better.
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Step 1

Grasp the pliers so the bent nose is at the top.

Step 2

Align the tip of the bent nose of the split ring pliers with the seam in the side of the split ring.

Step 3

Push the pliers down so the tip of the bent nose of the pliers slips between the rings.

Step 4

Slip the clasp into the opening between the rings created by the tip of the bent nose of the pliers.

Step 5

Release the pliers and rotate the clasp around the ring until it slips inside. This is similar to putting a key on a key chain.

Step 6

Congratulations! You have successfully used split ring pliers.

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