Hi Alan, I want to thank you for taking the time to reply to my
inquiry of making this bracelet.
You stated, "The most straight forward way to make this bracelet is
to fabricate it, making oval links from round wire. After the links
are closed and soldered the chain is twisted to line up the links.
Once the twisted chain lies flat, file the top and bottom to either a
flat or curved contour. "
This Cuban link bracelet that I am referring to is a very heavy
link. I am not even sure if there is gold wire thick enough to
fabricate the type of link I am talking about. Even if there was, in
my opinion, it would be too difficult to bend or twist, since it is
I did go forth with the project, and now the bracelet is complete. I
made the links with a vacuum casting machine and hand soldered every
other link. A picture of the completed bracelet can be found at the
following URL. www.kbacpa.com\Cubanlink.jpg
The only thing I have yet to do is solder a safety clasp across the
gap on the end open link.
The unique feature of this bracelet, is that there is no clasp(other
than a safety), and the links themselves are weaved together to make
the closure. This design makes it almost impossible to lose the
bracelet, even if the safety opens.
Casting the links was a fun project and the good news is that I could
make 20 links on one tree and cut out a lot of hand fabrication.
However, I did have to file and hand finish each link individually.
But as you can see from the picture, the links came out uniformly
with ever so slight variations. This project called for the machine
made appearance as opposed to "the hand crafted look." I love the
hand crafted look too, but there is nothing like casting to give a
uniform appearance if that is what you are looking for.
My original query was more pointed as to how to assemble the links
as opposed to fabrication. Since this was the first bracelet I ever
made, I was wondering if there was a method to join all of the links
together somehow without having to solder every other link. Perhaps
there is a way to cast wax links in a way whereby the wax links are
joined together in advance of casting. I suppose that can be done,
but must be pretty tricky to set up tree and sprue system. If
anyone has ever done this, I would love to hear from you.