Of course we have an expert on this list in Michael David Sturlin,
when it comes to crocheted chains, but I will jump in here and offer
I recently had the privilege of learning Michael's technique, and
have since made many chains using this technique. I believe it is the
best technique, and have read about and tried others that did not
produce as lovely a chain. With Michael's technique, you will end up
with a slinky, smooth chain that is a joy to wear and touch.
I don't know what technique you used to knit your chain, but the
order that we were taught to follow was to knit the chain, then
anneal it (with a torch, after fluxing), then straighten the chain
(because it usually twists into a spiral as you knit it), and then
draw through a metal drawplate.
So this is a little different than what you have done, and you might
want to consider it. It works extremely well.
Also, if you flux and anneal the metal with a torch, you will have
more control than annealing it in a kiln.
I make my chains from pure silver wire and gold. I have also made a
chain from gold filled wire.
Michael has posted instructions for his chain making technique on the
Ganoksin website, if you are interested.
I hope this is helpful.
Laura H. Hastings