Hand Made Chains
Up until recently, most common chain lengths used by jewelers and designers were about 16-17 inches with a suitable end caps and clasps. But today's fashion has changed, more and more jewelry designers use non standard chain lengths. Using different length adds a unique aspect to the design as well as a more prestigious look.
Handmade gold and pearls necklace by Israeli designer, Paula Lapidot
There are various kinds and shapes of chains: handmade, non handmade, thick, thin, light, links chain and many others.
Links chains and threading chains are most commonly used as distinguished thin and light chains. The threading chains are mostly interlaced with beads, since the bead hole is very small. Links chain provide another degree of design freedom allowing hanging beads and charms attached to a thin wire, usually 26-28 gauge (0.3-0.4 mm) that can be drilled through the links of the chain.
Handmade Dove Necklace by Israeli jewelry designer, Sarit Wolfus
An additional attribute is the lightness of the chain which allows you to wrap the chain around your neck and create a multi-chain necklace design.
There are several ways to finish the chain: one way is to fit the chain by squeezing the end caps or soldering them. Another way is to solder jump ring on the chain or connect it to the link chain and finally attach it to the clasp.
One way to go is to use jump rings that allready contain the solder within the wire. It also enables high quality finish of your jewel and saves time and effort on soldering.
Another way of making chains is by using wires. There are also various shapes of wire chains: half round, swivel, round wire in different thickness and decorated half round wires.
Clasp designs are available in different shapes and can be adjusted to your liking. "S" and toggle clasps are often used for handmade chain necklaces but other special clasps design or your unique handmade clasp could fit as well and upgrade the design.
We are happy to hear your ideas of a new handmade clasps, chains or any other kind of jewelry findings. Please also feel free to send us pictures of your work and we'll feature it on one of our coming newsletters and articles when appropriate
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