Learn chain making and repair for necklaces, bracelets, and other pieces. Our articles cover jewelry making techniques, tools, and materials.
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” Open to members of the society, the competition professed the…
Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate an Araucanian chain…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith
[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 this technique offers quick and beautiful results even for a beginner metalsmith. To make the braid wearable, you will learn how to fabricate end caps and how to forge an S-hook clasp.
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 and more. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ To straighten kinks…
Louis Moreno demonstrates how to create a Byzantine Chain…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith
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 related…
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 how to solder… ()
Big Mistake..! I learn the hard way…!
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…
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, strength and overall durability of jewelry. Responding to the increasing quality requirements, we have made an attempt to develop some specific methods for testing the finished jewelry products including various chains, bangle bracelets, castings and components..
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 other chains, such as the mesh and rope chains, the links are assembled and then they all are soldered at one time. Chains like the curb and cable patterns shown here repeat alternating steps of soldering and assembly. The following procedures describe two distinct chain patterns that can be created by treating the same assembly in different ways.
Luis Moreno demonstrates how to make a Flag Bracelet…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith
How it’s made a nice 14k gold tubular chain. Hand made.
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…
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…
Demonstration of bracelet made with silver wire 0.50 and 1.25…
The supplies needed to begin making a 22 karat quadruple link neck chain using 24 gauge wire wrapped around a 1/4 inch dowel.
Making and fusing the jump rings for a 22 karat gold quadruple link neck chain
Beginning process of soldering the first two links and beginning the weaving technique.
Weaving 22 karat gold into a quadruple link nech chain. To be continued.
Luis Moreno demonstrates how to create a chain bracelet from thin wire…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith
Luis Moreno demonstrates how to make a chain with mix links…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith
Luis Moreno demonstrate how to make a Panther Bracelet…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith
How it’s made – a silver chain for an old pocket watch…The perfect gift for an old fashion gentlemen…Hand made .
How it’s made a Silver chain for a Silver pocket watch, a nice gift for a gentleman…Hand made.
How it’s made a Silver chain for a Silver Pocket Watch. Detailed presentation. Hand made.
How it’s made a Silver Chain for a Pocket watch. Hand made. Detailed video. Final part
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 palladium alloys for jewelry and have begun manufacturing palladium chain. Currently, they offer over 25 different styles of palladium chain in a variety of weights, and sizes. Their factory is capable of processing precious metals from bullion to finished product. Presented here is an overview of their chain manufacturing processes at their facility in Bassano Del Grappa, Italy.
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.
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 to solder.
Bracelet. A gift for the beloved.
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 pendant to a chain. If a section of the ring is worn thin it is usually best to discard.
Making a double loop in loop chain with slide-bead
Making a simple chain from scrap
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 links of a…
Luis Moreno demonstrates how to fabricate a “V” bracelet…,http://www.google.com/profiles/Luis.F.Moreno.Silversmith
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 are welcome. Please visit our web site…
How it’s made a thin (3 grams) 14k white gold chain . Hand made. Interesting …
How it’s made a thin , 3 grams 14k white gold chain. Hand made .
An original test resistance applied to a thin 3 grams hand crafted white gold chain.
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.