I’ve been researching various chain making and chainmaille patterns.
I am keen to have a go at making a Byzantine chain but have some
When looking at chainmaille, it seems that the rings are
unsoldered and I suppose for that application it doesn’t matter as
any forces which may cause the rings to come apart ordinarily, will
be spread over a larger area. But for the purposes of making chains
for jewellery, it is obviously more desirable to have soldered links.
Would you use some sort of mini torch with a “sharp” flame to
accomplish this or are links in handmade chains fused or welded in
some other way?
I already have a very attractive, chunky and quite dense sterling
silver Byzantine chain that I bought whilst at a biker rally (back
in my more daring biker days). It has oval rather than circular jump
rings. This may be one of my daft questions, but to make such a
chain, would you start with oval rings or round rings and then
gently stretch the whole chain carefully with annealing between
Also, the chain I have has a sort of square cross section and I
wondered whether this and the oval links had perhaps been achieved
by being pulled through a square holed draw plate after annealing?
Any advice from anyone who’s made such a chain or indeed anyone more
in the know than me would be greatly appreciated. I plan to attempt
at least one in sterling and eventually would love to make one in
gold when I can afford it and I’ve “mastered” the technique.