1. Cloud Series Necklace, 2. Chained Necklace, 3. spiral chain, 4. Chain, 5. Nine Perfections, 6. 30 minute necklace: Bicycle Chain Alternate, 7. blossom chain - detail, 8. New Necklace, 9. centered2, 10. Flower Chain-3, 11. soldering sterling ring chain, 12. chains 009, 13. marquise chain, 14. I love this chain, 15. chain_two_2, 16. silver chain bracelet Created with fd's Flickr Toys
Chains! Love the really intricate ones. Hate to make 'em though. Which is why the Lords and Masters of the metal clay Master's Registry probably decided that a hand made soldered chain should be included as one of the projects.
Soldering is a basic skill that every jewelry maker should know and try to master. And after making an entire chain, I know I'll have the stamina to try anything. I mean, I *do* do a bit of soldering now. I solder earring posts all the time. And have made some bezels for cabochons.
But, believe it or not, soldering jump rings is tricky. I melt more than I solder correctly the first time; sometimes I leave the heat on so long that I fuse 3 or 4 rings together (which makes the chain hang and swing funny), and setting everything up so that the soldering process is easier is a skill in and of itself. [Look at picture #3 row 3]
I'm thinking that making the chain will be a breeze for me. And that attitude is exactly what's going to get me into trouble.