This is one for all you chain making problem solvers. I recently
had student who decided that making a chain was the project for
her, as no one else had done it in our studio. (High School art
studio) She dug out my copy of the Complete Metalsmith and went
with a slight variation of the Etruscan chain. Well, she turned
out to be a whiz at soldering jump rings and connecting them. I
think she completed 6 inches of chain in 2 class periods one day.
Anyway, using a homemade draw plate from the metals shop
downstairs, we pulled that ( now 18" ) sterling chain through the
first hole… went smooth as silk. Then the problem… In annealing
the chain for the next course of drawing, too much heat was
concentrated on a 2" inch area smack in the middle of the total
length and the hard solder flowed. Now , in this wonderfully
flexible, attractive chain is a 2" inch section stiff as a board.
This chain has now sat in my desk for a month due to an overload
of teenage disappointment and frustration. I would like to find a
way to help her out, but I’m no chain expert in any way.
In deepest appreciation,
Corydon Central High School
Corydon, Indiana (Midwest U.S.)