I purchased a couple of mandrels, and a Beadalon jump ring maker in preparation for the day when I would be making something that needed a jump ring not already in my stash.
Well, that day came yesterday while making some earrings as a gift. I had some 21 ga hh argentium, and some 20 ga ds sterling silver. I had an easy time of making the rings but, try as I might was unable to get the perfect flush cut. I have 3 cutters, and all three of them resemble flush cutters that I saw online.
I tried making cuts from both sides of the cutters, but was unsuccessful. The 21 ga wire became mangled looking by the time I could get the jump ring to close. The 20 ga jump ring looked a little better, but wondering what I'm doing wrong. I want my jump rings to "click" together like the ones I buy from my local bead shop.
I'm sorry you're having trouble getting flush cuts on your jump rings. My advice would've been to make sure you're cutting with the right side of the cutters--but you thought of that as well. I hope someone who does this more often than I do can chime in with some advice; meanwhile, I wanted to ask if you've considered cutting your wire coils into jump rings using a saw instead of cutters? You can cut many at a time that way and the cuts are perfectly straight and flush. You simply saw them using a jeweler's saw.
Good luck and thanks for being part of JMD!
Yes, it's easy to get flush cuts with a jeweler's saw. Just coil the wire around the right-sized wooden or metal rod, clamp it in a vise and gently saw away. Or you may prefer these pliers to hold your coil: