Today has been a “play” day.
In a posting a while back, someone mentioned using a little
butane torch to fuse links. Well I’d never fused any links and
I had one of these little torches so I thought I’d give it a
try. I had some sterling jump rings and sure enough those
puppies just fused shut. Then I thought, what the heck could I
do with those…
Anyway the thought processes occasionally kick stuff around and
I thought of a loop in loop chain. I’d never made one of those
either because I thought it would be a total pain to solder all
the links and then clean them up. Well, I cut out a little
rectangle of brass, about 3/4 of an inch wide and wrapped some
20 gauge sterling around it. When I pulled it off, it twisted
up in a real neat little swirl pattern, but not very suited for
sawing off. I tried some 18 gauge and it behaved somewhat
better, but when I fused or tried to fuse the links I didn’t
have very good luck. They seemed very brittle and most of them
busted when I tried to bend them.
Okay, the brain does occasionally engage… Yesterday I bought
some 18 gauge fine silver and it just works so nice. I’m
growing this pretty little chain here that is about 3" long now.
It seems pretty flexible and looks very even.
Having never done this before, I’d love some input as to where
to go from here. It seems I remember something about drawing it
through a drawplate, but I’m not sure why…
Could someone please enlighten me?
Meanwhile, I’m really having fun!