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Cuban links getting kinked

Hi all!

I’ve been making a lot of Cuban link chains lately, and I have run into an issue. I can make a chain and it sits flat on the neck, but as soon as I put it down the links move and get kinked and it’s hard to get straight again. Does anyone have a recommendation on how to keep the links from moving?
Thank you so much for any help!

-Ava

I have no recommendation, but maybe the problem is in the twist; which is my problem with curb chains. The twist is shown in step 10 of this tutorial https://www.ganoksin.com/article/curb-cable-chains-project/

In an unsuccessful effort to improve my twisting, after seeing an old handmade tool in one of Carles Codina’s books, I tried to make a similar tool using a pipe clamp like this https://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-quarter-inch-pipe-clamp-with-base-94053.html

An archive search for curb chain makes me think it should be annealed more frequently during the twisting stage.

Hi Ava. I would check the aspect ratio. If you use wire that’s even a bit too large or too small for the design you’re making, strange things can happen - the chain might be too tight to flex, or too loose to hold the design. Mary