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Mystery chain making


#1

I saw a chain that looked like loop in loop but had one, maybe two
pieces of wire w/ the ends balled up w/ a torch going through each
set of loops. Hard to explain. Trying to find out what this is
called or how to make this. Anyone know what I’m talking about?
Thanks – Trish


#2

Trish,

Saw some made a few years ago at a class at UCSD’s Crafts Center, in
La Jolla. Basically, it was a purchased Chain from Rio, to which
small lengths of Fine Silver Wire was strung through and each end
balled. Very interesting and attractive chain.

The initial chain must have links through which the wire with the
balled ends, will not pull through. I will see a Studio Mate
tomorrow, who was in the original group making this chain, and ask
for more I did not make one at that time.

Hugs,
Terrie


#3

Trish:

If you look in the “Clasical Loop-In-Loop Chains” by Stark & Smith,
you will find the directions for making this chain.

Howard Siegel
Laptique, Ltd.


#4

Sounds a little bit like a necklace made by Jean Stark. Her book,
Classical Loop-In-Loop Chains, (Brynmorgen Press, 2000) has detailed
illustrations and instructions for making an amazing number of loop
in loop chains. The one you are describing can almost certainly be
found there.

Dee


#5

Trish,

It is one of Ann Starks loop in loop chains it is in her book. It is
down stairs if no one else comes up with the answer I will look it
up tomorrow, since it is 11pm here.

Jennifer


#6
I saw a chain that looked like loop in loop but had one, maybe two
pieces of wire w/ the ends balled up w/ a torch going through each
set of loops. Anyone know what I'm talking about? 

I’ve seen one artist who uses that technique and the appearance was
that of “bones” set into the chain. I think her chain was a normal
but handmade cable chain (is that the right name for a normal link
chain?). I would expect that you could get different looks by
altering the scale of the chain, the wire gauge the “bones” are made
of and the length of the “bones”.

Also, the one I saw had the decoration just as a focal part of the
necklace. Adorning the whole chain would give a great look. A beggar
to polish though and I’d think you’d need a vibratory / rotary /
magnetic type polishing machine to accomplish such a task.

Helen
UK
http://www.hillsgems.co.uk


#7

Hi Trish, it’s probably the Centerball chain. You can find directions
and examples in “Classical Loop-in-Loop Chain” by Jean and Josephine
Reist Stark. The ISBN is 0-9615984-8-4

Leanne
http://www.piecesofclass.net


#8

If the chain is a “loop in loop” design, what you may be seeing is
the solder joint. Perhaps the individual links were stretched with
the solder joint in the wrong place. Hard to tell without pic’s…

Teddy