Making chainmaille takes a long time-and I go through a lot of steps (probably more than most chain artisans).
In this 10-minute how-to video demonstration, I show my steps to go from sterling silver wire to chain jewelry.
- Coiling the wire
- Cutting coils into rings
- Washing the rings
- Preparing the rings: opening and filing
- Weaving and welding
Not shown: Washing the chain, removing any residual tarnish, and final polishing – perhaps next time!
Ring details: Sterling silver rings with 2.5 mm inner diameter, 22 gauge wire
Equipment list: Pepetools Jump Ring Maker, Orion mPulse 30 spot welder, many pairs of pliers (dipped in Tool Magic), file.