Hello all, I have been doing the jewelry thing for quite a while
now, but have just begun to teach myself chain making. My
husband and I work in silver and of course I would like to
incorporate the chains I make into our work. I am particularly
interested in the more complex multilink patterns like idiot’s
delight. Naturally at this point I have a quite few questions…
Should I solder my links? I assumed yes but from the research
I have done alot of people don’t. Does this effect the strength
of the chain? My work is made to be worn alot. Or would
soldering be impractical?
Should I be working in sterling dead soft or half hard wire?
I assume that hard wire would make the piece stronger, but I am
not sure if there would be that much of a difference.
Do I need a tumbler to polish my chains? I don’t have a
tumbler right now, so if their is another way to polish and
remove burs I would love to know.
Are there any resources on chain making that you would
suggest? I have done alot of Net research and I just got Irene
From Peterson’s book, but I am sure there is more out there I
Thanks for your help,