Care to unlock the mysteries of European anchor chain links?
Well after all of you wonderful people helped a newbie like myself
learn how heavy wire is twisted together and I successfully repeated
the process… I wondered what next?
My current curiosity is how to make a masculine anchor chain link
There are two types of chains I’m interested in trying. The easiest
anchor looking chain would be the cable chain that is drawn through a
square plate to give it the right look. I know and understand the
process of making cable chains. Revere’s project for a cable chain is
simple and valuable enough for practice. However, in order to finish
the anchor chain/cable look one must drawn the chain through square
drawplates. The problem with this is that I have searched and never
seen any drawplates that have square holes bigger than 4 to 6mm. This
limits the size of the wire I want to use to make a man’s nautical
style necklace. (The oval shaped links that you would start out with
would far exceed the holes in the drawplate).
So unless anyone can please tell me where I can get square
drawplates that have over 6mm holes in them there is another style
anchor chain link that is interesting. The European anchor chain
link. These are used on very large ships so the links have a bar in
the center of them to prevent stretching of each link. When I see
photos of these style links made into necklaces I assume they are
casted links and then made into chains.
There is a “puffy” 3d type link that must be casted, and then there
is a wire made looking center bar link as used by a trendy Hermes
sterling anchor necklace. I think even the Hermes wire pieced looking
European anchor link is casted because the up close photos show a
So does anyone have a wax tree with ton of the links in them and
that is how these are made? I would be best if I could buy a larger
drawplate because I need the practice of drawing wire.
With much appreciation for this place and people,