Learning Center

Chain Making

Learn chain making and repair for necklaces, bracelets, and other pieces. Our articles cover jewelry making techniques, tools, and materials.

14 ARTICLES 28 VIDEOS
Article
Chain & Findings

This segment from the 2017 MJSA Journal November issue is dedicated to metals, tools, software and more that aids jewelers and designers in their quest to create their masterpieces.  In this article we talk about Chain & Findings. See…

Article
How to Create a Basic Link Chain

Making a simple or basic link chain to display your pendant designs is a great way to add further value to your work, and it can be a fairly easy process. When I make my own chain, I like to use 16 gauge (1.3 mm in diameter) wire. This gauge……

Article
Tackling Chain and Finding Repair

Ask most jewelers about repairing a chain or finding and they’re likely to offer you their best Charlie Brown impression: Good grief! And it’s an expression that’s somewhat warranted, given the risks involved in working on the tiny…

Article
1983 SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition

This year Johnson Matthey Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of platinum group metals, in cooperation with the Society of North American Goldsmiths inaugurated the annual “SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition”…

Article
Bench Mag Favorite Tips 2002

This article page is from a section “Favorite Tips” from BENCH Magazine 2002 submitted by readers and BENCH Magazine Staff covering favorite tips on removing and straightening kinks in chains, jewelry cleansing, chain repair…

Article
Chain Repair Paste Solder Method

Repairing broken chains is one of the two most often preformed jobs in the shop. (Sizing rings is the other) The difficulty of chain repair lies in the fact that the chain is made up of fine wires. These wires heat up quickly when trying to melt the…

Article
Chain Making Project

This project is for beginners that wish to become silversmiths, part time or full time. Keep in mind that there are many ways to do this faster with the use of mechanical tools, but you are doing this project to learn how to use your frame saw and…

Article
Special Repair Work

It is not uncommon for moving parts to wear out. This is to be expected because of increased friction as parts rub against one another. A common example can be found in connecting rings such as the jump rings that attach a charm to a bracelet or a…

Article
Repairing Broken Chains

The difficulty of chain repair lies in the fact that the chain is made up of fine wires. These wires heat up quickly when trying to melt the solder. Two problems develop. The first is if the wire link gets too hot, it will quickly melt as you are trying…

Article
Chain Strength and Quality Evaluation

In recent years, we have witnessed a growing concern of manufacturers and retailers regarding the quality of the jewelry products. Closer attention is being paid to such issues as general aesthetic appearance, surface finish, color consistency,…

Article
Curb and Cable Chains Project

There are hundreds of different types of chains, each with its own system of assembly. Most chains are assembled from individual links. In some chains, such as the foxtail, the links are individually soldered closed and then assembled. In…

Article
Pulse-Arc-Welder: Closing Chains

This sterling silver chocker chain is handmade from 16 gauge round wire. It has multiple interlocking links. The customer leads a very active lifestyle and has small children so she prefers the links be permanently closed.

Article
Production Methods for Palladium Chain Making

As proudly proclaimed in its name, Balestra 1882 has manufactured high quality gold and platinum chain in Italy since 1882. Now a global organization, its operations have extended far beyond the city of its birth. Last fall, they started researching…

Article
Basic Spiral Braiding
[Step by Step] This five-strand spiral braid is made using one of the many textile techniques that Professor Arline Fisch demonstrated at the “Textile Techniques in Metals” workshop at the Bead’Button Show in June 2006. The simplicity of…

Video
Working on the Chain Gang

Chain repair is a set of fundamental skills and techniques every goldsmith needs to master, but the structure and design of the chain dictate what you need to do for a successful repair.

Video
Panther Bracelet

Luis Moreno demonstrate how to make a Panther Bracelet…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

Video
Flag Bracelet

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to make a Flag Bracelet…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

Video
V Bracelet

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a “V” bracelet…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

Video
Araucanian Chain

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate an Araucanian chain…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

Video
Mix Links Chain

Luis Moreno demonstrates how to make a chain with mix links…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

Video
Byzantine Chain

Louis Moreno demonstrates how to create a Byzantine Chain…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith…

Video
Hip-Hop Chain

This is an old video I’ve made using an old 8 handycam and my “skills” in making video was at the beginning :o) so I apologize for the image quality. Anyhow , I think the chain is nice and I liked making it ……

Video
Viking Knit Chain Making

Explore Ancient Traditions in Viking chain making, Celtic piercing, Saami bracelet & Anticlastic raising at our private studio in beautiful Lanesboro MN. Awarded Best Arts & Outdoor Sports Town. Beginning and advanced students…