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Create your Own Chain in Jewelry Making

Bracelet by Carol Bradley necklace by Mary Newton on Lucid Moon Studio blog.

Sweet Bead Studio on Etsy

If you enjoy making jewelry, then creating your own chain is something you may want to try at some point. Whether you decide to use a torch to solder the links together, or choose not to, the options vary greatly in chain making. For those who appreciate asymmetric designs you will like these one of a kind links (top) by Carol Bradley and Mary Newton both found on Lucid Moon Studio blog spot. The fun one of a kind link bracelet below them is by Sweet Bead Studio.


Braceley by Maison Martin Margiela 

Chain making is more than just connecting round links. The devil is in the details. Linking actual rings is a personalized and / or romantic keepsake. Where the rings come from, ( family, ex, yourself... ) is completely up to you. This great example by Maison Martin Magiela gave me a good idea.

Wire Workers Guild

Wire Work Guild

In unit four of Sheffield's Jewelry making course, the forging technique is taught. Hammering different forms from various size wire gauges to create shapes. These shapes can be linked to create a chain, with or without jump rings. The graceful beauty in these forged metal links by wire workers guild are great examples. I see them as being versatile enough to even add stones to them.  


Silver Bench Jewelry

The S hook chain and earrings by Lisa Nortz are one of many spectacular hand crafted chains she creates at her shop Silver Bench Jewelry.


Spanish style chain, also known as the money chain, was mainly made of silver and gold and used as a money since the links are easily removable. This pair of earrings are made by Patrick Ober found on Etsy.

Chain Maille bracelet by Patrick Ober

Of course we can not leave out chain maille chains when talking about chain making, or chain mail, depending on your preference. The origin of the word maille means sheet of metal. Jewelry designers use the term chain maille when creating a flat pattern of jump rings, the interpretation of the word means mesh of net.

If you're interested in learning more about jewelry design, we encourage you to explore the Sheffield School, New York, NY. Sheffield began as an Interior Design school in 1985, and then expanded our course offerings to train people in other design-related fields, including Feng ShuiWedding and Event Planning, and Jewelry Design. With thousands of active students and more than 50,000 graduates, Sheffield has trained more design professionals than any school in the world.

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  • Reader Comments (32)

    Nice designer bracelets, totally new concept. I like your idea.
    August 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTilly Hunter
    Whew! that looks strange. Maybe boys would love those bracelet designs. I liked only the rings.
    December 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiamond Engagement Rings
    These designs are absolutely stunning I would love to see some more!
    January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMajestical
    Gorgeous jewerly, would love to see some patterns as well. It would be a source of great inspiration for everyone looking to learn.

    Are these entirely from Etsy?
    March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAndrei
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    April 29, 2014 | Unregistered Commentershuvro chowdhury
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    June 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraboutjewels
    Nice designer Jewelry. It is a source of great inspiration for everyone looking to learn.
    June 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSilver Jewelry Maker
    Creative designs. Very simple but interesting
    June 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor
    you really good chain maker, i really appreciated with you.
    July 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMamta Patak
    This was great, I particularly like the money chain. It reminds me of the puzzle ring. A three part ring sailors would give to their wives and girlfriends when they left. If the ring was taken off it would come apart and was very difficult to put back together and the sailor would know that his girl may have strayed.
    July 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDon
    I love your work. The last bracelet is my favorite. Where can you buy it?
    July 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOlga
    Really cool stuff here. Nice work that you do.
    July 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
    Some fantastic designs here. Sometimes less is more.
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    July 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersrihartati
    would give to their wives and girlfriends when they left. If the ring was taken off it.
    October 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterObat Kuat
    my name is bagus,,i like your blog very much
    October 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuntik Putih
    Really beautifull stuff here. Nice work that you do
    February 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commentergowimawa
    Those Jewelry collection are awesome. The golden color most beautifully. I want to make the golden one. thanks for the article to Haley Mindes.
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    March 30, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterShihab
    bestt :)))))))))
    April 27, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterredüktör
    Simple and creative design, would definitely like to try a few for some one.

    Thanks for the ideas
    May 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
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    May 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermatdom
    Long before I knew how to make jewelry, I'd often go to craft shows to ogle (and frequently buy) beautiful handcrafted jewelry. I've always found artisan jewelry irresistible. It was at a craft show in Toronto that I came across a young woman who was selling fine chain necklaces that she'd made herself. She used very thin wire, maybe 20 gauge, and soldered together a series of small, 12mm rings. I'm not sure I even knew, at that point, that you could make your own chain. I had to have it.
    May 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFireplace Blower
    Awesome. Very creative
    May 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAnarkali
    wow, that's very cool jewelry making ! Beautiful !
    June 23, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterneil
    nice design
    July 3, 2015 | Unregistered

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