This chain was actually used by the Vikings thousands of years ago (8th to 10th century) as currency, where they cut the chain to the desired length. Nowadays it is enjoyed as a very attractive, strong and flexible chain.
This tutorial not only shows you how I form the chain, it also includes comprehensive instructions on how to attach a new wire, so that it is not only securely held in place, but the join is almost invisible. It also shows you how to finish the chain, securing the end in place. How to form a wire cone to use as a very attractive end cap as well as forming a hook clasp, figure of 8 tapered link and a wrapped link. I have also included a detailed sizing chart, to help you calculate not only the length of wire you require for different sized chains but also the starting and finishing lengths of chain prior and after pulling through the draw plate.
Page count: 22
Number of Steps: 24
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Inspired as a child to make jewellery when I was bought a bead weaving loom one Christmas, my style has changed dramatically over the years, from simple strung necklaces into what you ...
Inspired as a child to make jewellery when I was bought a bead weaving loom one Christmas, my style has changed dramatically over the years, from simple strung necklaces into what you see today.
I have always loved working with semi precious stones and wire, for many years I have experimented with different ways of combining the two. The jewellery on these pages have been influenced by the designer Eni Oken who has helped me to harness the natural beauty of the stones and compliment them with silver wire work.
Each piece has lots and lots of hand coiled wire, no glue or solder is used just ancient methods of coiling and weaving.
I now divide my time between making jewellery and writing tutorials for my designs, if there is a piece that you have seen and would like to learn how to make, but can't find the tutorial, just let me know and I will see what I can do. I am also a freelance writer for 'Making Jewellery' magazine and have had several projects published.
In 2009 I launched my business, working full time on my jewellery. A daunting step but one that I have never regreted. In 2010 I started writing my first book, Wire Jewelry Mastrclass, which was published by The Guild of Master Craftsmen and will be available from October 2011.