Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder. These little sticks help provide a bit of drama and movement to the drops added to them.
Dangling Chain Sticks
by Judy Larson
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Butane Torch Techniques
  • Skill Level: Beginner
These little sticks help provide a bit of drama and movement to the drops added to them. Kick them up a notch by adding embellishments. Wire wrap clear seed beads on them for a bit of unexpected sparkle.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium .940 Silver Wire
H19-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $5.26
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18 gauge 2.5mm ID Argentium jump rings
  • Lesson Quantity: 10.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
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Tools

Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
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  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $16.97
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5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 2.00 pieces
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  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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Silver Solder Paste Medium SS70 - 1/4 T.O.
SOL-822.15
  • SOL-822.15
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  • Price: $18.95
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Blazer GB4001 Stingray Torch, Black
TRCH-4001
  • TRCH-4001
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $49.95
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Magnesia Soldering Block
SOL-455.00
  • SOL-455.00
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  • Gold Club Price: $5.96
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Daddy Dipper Pickle Pot, 24 Ounce Capacity
CLN-585.00
  • CLN-585.00
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  • Price: $45.95
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Copper Tongs, Curved, 8-1/2 Inches
TWZ-920.02
  • TWZ-920.02
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NATURE'S TOUCH CITRIC PICKLE, 2LB PLASTIC JAR
CLN-163.00
  • CLN-163.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
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  • Price: $17.95
  • Gold Club Price: $13.46
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WireJewelry 4 Step Rock Tumbler Abrasive Grit and Polish Kit, 20 Batches
G24-9-20PK
  • G24-9-20PK
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $124.95
  • Gold Club Price: $93.71
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Jewelers Mix Stainless Steel Shot and Shinebrite Kit, 1 LB Shot
TUM-SS1
  • TUM-SS1
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Instructions
Step 1
Rustic chunky jewelry can take a lot of wear and tear and still look good. I love these stick necklace chain links made with 12 or 14 gauge wire and usually have a lot of them on hand in various lengths and gauges of wire to finish off lake stone pendants. The ends of the wires are paddled and centers textured on a bench block with hammers. After holes are punched in the paddled ends, the ends are rounded and refined. If adding beads to the links, remember to do it before paddling the second end. Easy peasy links.....UNLESS someone in your household is napping/sleeping.
I thought these dangle drops would benefit from a slightly more refined and sleek looking stick. Just as with the more rustic sticks, these can be made in any length and with any gauge wire. And the best part-No noise to wake people up!

Straighten and flush cut both ends of two pieces of 18 gauge round Argentium wire 5/8" long for short sticks and 7/8" for longer sticks. The finished short stick will be approximately 1" long (Eye of Shiva, Gold Druzy, and Oink Crazy Lace Agate Earrings ). The longer stick will be approximately 1ΒΌ" long (Black Druzy and Blue Crazy Lace Agate Earrings).
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Step 2
Close two 18 gauge 2.5mm ID jump rings for each stick.
Step 3
Place an 18 gauge wire on a soldering surface. Place a dab of medium paste solder at one end of the wire. Push the seam of a jump ring into the solder until the ring touches the wire. Repeat the process with the other end of the wire.

Heat the dangle wires until the solder flows. Allow them to cool naturally.

IMPORTANT: If the jump rings at one or both ends of the sticks are to be opened to attach to drops and/or earring findings, make sure the jump ring opening is facing to the side. This can be important if the earring finding and/or the drops have closed loops. Be careful not to overheat the unit and fuse the jump ring openings.
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Step 4
Pickle, rinse, and dry the dangle sticks.
Step 5
Use files and sanding pads to clean and refine each solder join.
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Step 6
If the orientation of the loop on the earring finding is opposite the loop on the drop to be added, the stick loops will need to be reoriented. Grasp the full stick length tightly, half in each soft jaw plier, and twist one plier a quarter turn. This will re-orient the loops.
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Step 7:
Step It Up A Notch Embellishing:
Use scraps of sheet metal to make leaves and wire scrap to make balls. Play with the components until happy with the placement.
Pro Tip: Take a photo to reference for embellishment placement.
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - Step It Up A Notch Embellishing:, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Step 8
This process can be done at the same time as adding the jump rings to the wire pieces. It is, however, much easier to do after the dangle sticks are made.

Place the dangle sticks on the soldering surface. Place dots of medium paste solder on the dangle stick and push the embellishments into it. Heat the sticks until the solder flows.
Pro Tip: Keep a solder pick in one hand to help nudge pieces back in place if they move a bit during the soldering process.
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Step 9
Pickle, rinse, and dry the dangle sticks.
Step 10
Tumble all the dangle sticks for several hours to bring up a shine.
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Step 11
Patina the dangle sticks if desired. Patina will help highlight the design elements.
Step 12
Using 0000 steel wool or very fine sanding pads, remove excess patina from the raised areas.
Step 13
Tumble the pieces again for 20 to 30 minutes to bring back a shine.
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings
Step 14
It is not easy to grasp the embellished dangle sticks between soft jaw pliers, so the loop orientation could not be changed. In this case, jump rings connected the drops to the dangle sticks.
Judy Larson's Dangling Chain Sticks - , Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin, Butane Torch, Soldering, Solder, danglling stick findings