The hints, tips and instructions in this class will take you from never having soldered before to a beautiful silver chain bracelet - or a necklace if you get carried away!
A chain was one of the first pieces of jewellery that I made after I learnt to solder, certainly the first piece of jewellery with multiple solder joins, and it taught me so many essential jewellery making techniques that I now use every day in my studio, both in my own work and in my classes. Now my video classes give you the opportunity to learn the project at home!
I will teach you how to make a beautiful chain bracelet with 1.2mm sterling silver round wire links, starting with a length of wire that I'll teach you how to easily turn into jump rings or links. I'll show you how to texture the links, and also teach you how to make a matching clasp for your bracelet. I have also covered an explanation of all the tools and materials that you need, and a downloadable equipment and materials list is available with the class.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the same materials in stock that I have used in the class example, or hammers that give the same textures – experiment with what you have available. Beautiful chains can be made with a mix of wire gauges left over from other projects. Above all, have fun!
This class is part of a series teaching you all the basic but essential silversmithing skills that you need to create beautiful jewellery.
Although the class is recorded extra help can be given through the facebook group (details given on the class website) or through the class website itself. The class website also has free tutorials and regular hints and tips to help you with your jewellery making!
The class involves soldering and sharp tools, and health and safety considerations are discussed. Please always wear safety googles, tie long hair back and wear sensible shoes when soldering and working with machinery.
Video instructions covering all the materials and equipment that you need, and taking you step-by-step through every stage of the project. Troubleshooting sections are included, as are ideas for varying the design.
Watch the class as many times as you like, for as long as you like. Once you are enrolled there are no limits!
Extra help can be accessed through the facebook group (details given on the class website)
1.2mm to 1.5mm diameter round sterling silver wire. 1.2mm sterling silver round wire used in the class example. Wire down to 1mm can be used but smaller links would then be needed for the design to keep the links strong.
Equipment: (all the jewellery making kit listed here can be used for many different projects)
mandrels such as knitting needles or wooden dowel (I used 12mm & approximately 8-10mm)
jeweller's saw and saw blade
hammers for texturing
steel bench block
leather cushion (or folded tea towel!)
needle files (small files)
fine emery paper
flat nosed pliers
round nosed pliers
for polishing - a tumble polisher or elbow grease and a silver polishing cloth.
This course is taught online
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