Making chainmaille jewelry is a long process. In these three short videos, I’m highlighting the steps.
1. Coiling the sterling silver wire (I usually make 3 – 5 coils at a time, depending on the design)
2. Cutting the coils to make rings
3. Weaving the rings into the chain and welding them shut. (I’ll show just one ring here – visualize this occurring 100+ times.)
FYI: The videos are 15 seconds long and have no sound.
Now, I have left out a few steps, such as washing the lubricant (dish soap) off the cut rings, opening the rings, filing the cut edges (this is the boring part!), getting perfect closures, and cleaning and polishing the final jewelry. Even so, these videos show how I go from the sterling silver wire to weaving a single ring into a piece of chain.
Once I have made the rings, the total time per ring is about 1 minute from opening to welding.
Video one: Coiling the wire
I’m using the Pepe Jump Ring Maker to make wire coils. This is the older version that came with a mounting board. Notice that I use a hand clamp to keep it still while I wind the coil.
Video two: Cutting the coil
I’m also using the Pepe Jump Ring Maker here, as you can see. I put the unit inside a plastic tub to reduce the metal dust flying around. I’ve cut more than 25,000 rings with the Pepe. (See this post for tips on using the Pepe Jump Ring Maker.)
Video three: Weaving and welding a single ring
I use an Orion mPulse 30 for spot welding, which I bought a few months ago. I love, love, love it. If you watch very closely, you’ll see a quick flash – that’s the ring being welded closed.