Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain, Contemporary Wire Jewelry. Making Chain, Chain Making . Interspersing a basic jump ring chain with teardrop links, you can make an eye-catching chain.
Teardrop Link Handmade Chain
by Judy Freyer Thompson
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Chain Making
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
Interspersing a basic jump ring chain with teardrop links, you can make an eye-catching chain. To keep consistency in the chain, use a larger teardrop link for the closure component when you use an interesting button or shell or large bead for the toggle.

Materials

14 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-14D
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Copper Solder Paste, 1/2 ozt, Soft
SOL-824.10
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Blazer Big Buddy Turbo Torch, Black
TRCH-8010
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Fire Brick
SOL-485.00
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Small Brass Brush
BRS-966.10
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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Pocket Diamond Needle File Set--5 Piece
FIL-673.00
  • FIL-673.00
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Ring Bending Pliers
PLR-835.00
  • PLR-835.00
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Wubbers X-Large Round Mandrel Pliers
G2-1304
  • G2-1304
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Wubbers Jumbo Round Mandrel Pliers
G2-1305
  • G2-1305
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safe pickle
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Instructions
Step 1
To make the jump rings, wrap the wire on the on the 21mm side of the Jumbo Wubbers for 12 jump rings. Repeat making 12 jump rings on the 15mm side of the Extra Large Wubbers.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , teardrop link chain
Step 2
Slide the coils off the mandrels and cut the rings using the flush cutters from the Ultimate wire-pliers set. To achieve a nice flush cut, flip the cutters over after cutting one side of one ring, and cut the other side.
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Step 3
Using a bench pin for support, file the cut ends of the rings smooth.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , teardrop link chain
Step 4
Using flat nose pliers, grasp both sides of a ring and condition by pushing the sides away from each other. This will help when preparing the rings for soldering.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , teardrop link chain
Step 5
Close all the 21mm rings, making sure the ends are flush and ready for soldering. Lay the rings on the fire brick or your choice. Solder the rings closed using the butane torch. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions and safety precautions.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , teardrop link chain
Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , teardrop link chain
Step 6
Let the rings cool and place in the safe pickle to remove any fire scale. Refer to https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_tips_techniques/A-Safer-Pickle-Pot_67.html for a good recipe for safe pickle. Remove from the pickle, wash the rings using soapy water and dry thoroughly.
Step 7
Using the ring bending pliers, shape the rings into teardrop links.
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Step 8
Assemble the teardrop links into a chain using the 15mm jump rings. Make sure the joins of each ring are flush.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , teardrop link chain
Step 9
Lay the chain on the fire brick or your choice of soldering brick and solder the 15mm rings closed. Make sure your chain starts with a teardrop ring and ends with a plain 15mm ring. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions and safety instructions for the torch and the solder.

Let the chain cool and place in the safe pickle to remove any fire scale.

Remove from the pickle, wash the rings using soapy water and dry thoroughly.
Step 10
Brass brush the chain, laying it on the bench pin for support.
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Step 11
Make an eye pin by making a simple loop on the end of a piece of wire. String the bead on the opposite end through the bead and finish with a simple loop on the other end, next to the bead.
Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , teardrop link chain
Step 12
Attach a charm on one end and a small piece of figure 8 chain on the other end. Refer to the tutorial on figure-8 links in our education section.
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Step 13
Attach the figure 8 chain to the plain jump ring on the chain.
This necklace can be worn with the closure in the back or front.

Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , teardrop link chain
Judy Freyer Thompson's Teardrop Link Handmade Chain - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Making Chain, Chain Making , teardrop link chain