How To Make Stained Glass Jump Rings, Hooks & Hangers

If you want to hang your lovely new stained glass project, you’ll need to attach some kind of hanger to it. Let’s talk about how you can make your own hooks, hangers, & jump rings for your stained glass art!

DIY Hooks & Hangers for Stained Glass

The cool thing about making your own hooks for your stained glass project is that you can make them pretty much any shape ya like. 

You can make them swirly, triangle shaped, in the shape of a hippopotamus…whatever the heck ya want.

Because hooks & hangers have tails that are embedded in your solder, they’re the strongest way to hold your project.

Tools & Supplies You’ll Need:

Tinned Copper Wire for Stained Glass 4 oz

$11.99

Pre-Tinned & easy to wrap, but strong enough for small suncatchers

Round Nose Pliers

$5.99

Only 1 left in stock

Inexpensive & won’t mar the surface of your wire.

Wire Cutter

$5.99

Only 2 left in stock

Works on the soft wires (like copper) we use in 14, 16, 18, & 22 gauge. Will cut the heavier zinc coated steel, but not as easily as the Hakko Cutter below.

Creator’s Fid’l Stik Fid & Jump Ring Maker

$6.95

In stock

This thing is so cool! It’s a fid, but it’s also a jump ring maker!

OOK Zinc Coated Steel Wire

$3.98

Only 1 left in stock

Strong wire for making hangers. Great for heavier stained glass projects.

Hakko Flushcutter Wire Cutting Shears

$11.39

Only 2 left in stock

This cutter’s got a lil more ooomph than the economy cutters. Works great for the zinc coated steel (& softer wires too).

Here’s a video for ya!

DIY Jump Rings

I have no idea where the term jump rings came from, but they sound like they’d require at least some level of athleticism to make. They don’t. They are simply wire in a circle shape. 

Jump rings don’t hold as much weight as hooks & hangers so they’re best used on lightweight suncatchers.

Pre-made jump rings are pretty cheap. But in a pinch, or if you can’t find the size you want, you can make your own with either pre-tinned wire, or recycled copper wire. 

I don’t make them with zinc because it’s just too darn hard to hand bend around a marker. You may be able to if ya have hulk hands😁.

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Tools & Supplies:

  • Wire cutters (see links above)
  • Pre Tinned Copper Wire (see links above)
  • Marker, pencil, or small dowel

They’re crazy easy to make. Simply:

  • Grab a cylindrical object with diameter about the size you’d like your jump rings to be (a pen, marker, dowel, etc)
  • Wrap the wire around the cylinder repeatedly
  • Pull the wire off of the cylinder, smoosh it together a bit
  • Cut straight through the coil with a wire cutter (you’ll probably need to snip only one or two wires at a time, depending on how sharp your cutter is/how strong your hands are)

Here’s a video: DIY Jump Rings

Note: If you’re using copper wire, pre-tin it before you wrap it. It’s much easier than trying to tin it after it’s been made into a circle.

How to use recycled wire for stained glass hooks & hangers

You probably have some things laying about the house or garage you can use for hangers, hooks & jump rings.  If ya don’t, sweet talk a local electrician! They always have scraps of copper wire on the job sites.

The most important thing to consider is the strength & hardness (how bendy is it?) of the wire vs the weight of your finished stained glass piece.

If you plan to regularly use recycled wire, this is a handy dandy tool to figure out what gauge it is:

Wire Gauge Measurement Tool

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Zinc Wire

Zinc is stronger than copper, so it can handle higher weights. I use it for any project larger than my hand. For zinc, I usually use 16 gauge (linked above).

Copper Wire

If you have some copper electrical wire laying around, you can absolutely recycle it for your project. But, as noted above, tin it before you bend it. For any stained glass project hand sized or smaller, I’ll use copper wire in 14 or 16 gauge.

How to Tin Copper Wire for Stained Glass:

  • flux the ever lovin’ crap out of it
  • add a thin layer of solder to it in a back & forth swipey motion 

Making Hangers for Stained Glass with Paper Clips

Paper clips aren’t my favorite, simply because they’re “U” shaped & I like the look of a round or swirly hanger. But that’s straight up personal aesthetic preference. 

You can use whatever ya like because it’s your art!

They’re thin, so it’s best to only use them for small suncatchers.

To make a paper clip hanger:

bending paperclip for stained glass hanger
Open up the paperclip.
cutting paperclip for stained glass hanger
Cut on both sides of one end.
bending ends of paperclip for stained glass hook
Bend the wires a bit to fit your piece.
hanger or hook placement on stained glass
Place on tip or in solder line.

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Peace, Love, & Stained Glass,

-Shannie

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