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Figure Of 8 Chain


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This tutorial shows you how to make a simple figure of 8 chain that is ideal for using up all those little off cuts of 18 and 20 gauge wire. You can use round, half round or square wire, or a mixture to create a pattern in your chain. The links can be used on their own, as an alternative to jump rings as they are very strong, or connected together to form a chain This chain was born out of necessity, when one day having run out of pre-made chain and running low on wire, I turned to my scrap wire pile and came up with this. I am sure however that I am not the first to use this design. Level: Easy Number of pages: 7 Number of steps 10 BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY This is a tutorial suitable for beginners, designed to help you get to grips with wire.

Supplies Needed

  • 18 and/or 20 gauge wire 3" of wire will give you approx. 1" of chain
  • Clasp of your choice (optional)
  • Chain nose pliers Round nose pliers Wire cutters Marker pen Ruler/tape measure Nylon jaw pliers (optional - for straightening the wire)

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Abby Hook
Abby Hook
Unfortunately, due to the new EU legislation regarding digital downloads, I have had to remove my tutorials from sale from Craftsy. This is hopefully a temporary measure while a solution is worked on. In the meantime, you can find all of my lessons available on my site, where the tutorial will be emailed to you manually by me, within 24 hours of purchase: My Work: 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. About me: 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.