Jewellery Making Chains
Whether you are making necklaces or bracelets, there is a wide variety of jewellery making chains you can use. They come in a range of different styles, materials and lengths. Choosing the right chain will depend on what kind of jewellery you are making and how you want the finished item to look.
From simple loops to intricate patterns, there are many different designs of jewellery chains. A plainer style of chain should not distract from the impact of any pendants or charms that are hung on it. More complex designs can add decoration to a piece of jewellery or can be worn alone.
For a classic look, the cable chain is formed of circular or oval rings linked together. Ball chains are composed of a series of small metal spheres, while a curb chain is made of flat links.
Fancier chains include the Figaro which comprises links of contrasting sizes and the rope chain which is formed by interlocking links in a twist effect pattern. A snake chain has a flexible, snake-like appearance and is ideal for sliding on beads and charms.
Choosing a chain with larger, thicker loops will give a chunkier and more robust look, while finer chains provide a more delicate effect.
Jewellery making chains are made from many different metals, including gold, silver , bronze and platinum. Other options include a plated chain that has a thin layer of the finishing metal applied over a base.
There are various metal alloys available that can offer a range of colours and effects. When choosing a material it is worth considering the durability of the chain required, as well as the look.
Selecting a size
If you are buying a ready-made chain you may be able to choose from a range of lengths, such as 16, 18 and 20 inches. However, jewellery making chains are also available in long strings that can then be cut to the required size. You will need to attach a clasp or fastening to join the ends.