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Making chains

Hi everybody,

I have been reading your discussions and very impressed with the
knowledge you all have.

I am interested in making chains. I wonder if anyone would know any
good books on the matter or websites of interest. Thank you all in

**Hanuman’s response **

From Ganoksin’s “The Jeweler’s Selected Bibliography” section:

Harvester bikes
Check out these websites

Karen Bahr “the Rocklady” (@Rocklady)
K.I.S. Creations
May your gems always sparkle.

The best book I have seen on chains is "Classical Loop-in-Loop
Chains & Their Derivatives by Jean Reist Stark and Josephine Reist

The last I heard, it was out of print but you could get it on E-Bay.
There are some excellent lapidary schools that I know of. One is
near Asheville, NC and the other at Young Harris, Ga. the one in Ga.
has classes from April thru October and has a website with the
classes listed. They usually have classes on chainmaking.
Instruction, room and board are very reasonable. The name of the
school is William Holland School of Lapidary Arts.

Sylvia Johnson


I’ve been making chains using jump rings for a few years now. Lots
of very nice patterns can be found at and some
of my chains can be seen here:

This is mostly on the patterns of chains made with round
"jump rings". Hope it helps. Good luck, I find making chains very

Brian Barrett