Chains for my art jewlery
Everybody has chains in their jewelry armory. You can wear them alone… layer them… add a pendant. They really are essential.
And there are thousands of commercial chain styles out there.
Sometimes I buy chain by the foot to put with handmade pieces of my art jewelry. I then add my own clasp or I segment it with handmade lampworked beads. Buying commercial chain helps to keep the cost down of the piece of jewelry I am fabricating.
But sometimes a piece of art jewelry I make screams to have a special handmade chain; and for the last couple of days I have been hand making one for a pendant. It is time consuming.
Cut the wire
Form the jump rings
Saw the jump rings (tedious)
Solder the jumprings
Make the clasp
Put it all together
Tumble it in shot for 8 hours (I don’t like to polish chain on a machine as it can be dangerous)
Here is a chain I am working on now. Had to stop to order more wire….. (It hasn’t been tumbled yet.)
But I love the end result.