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Use a cordless drill to make quick and easy jump rings!

The best way to create a loop is with a perfect pair of forming pliers. Forming pliers have one round, tapered jaw  and one flat, tapered jaw.  These pliers will allow you to make a loop without getting a “dent” on the outside of the wire.  Never use round pliers as they will leave a dent in the wire.



Add color and creativity to your decals by using Thompson Enamel Marking Crayons and China paints.