I don't know about you but I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient in my jewelry making if possible. I never want to compromise the integrity of the piece, but short cuts are welcome in my studio. After making a few jewelry creations with dozens of chain links the same length, I got tired of counting how many teeny-tiny links to cut or using a ruler, trying to get the lengths correct so I came up with this short cut. This tip comes in handy when cutting really small chain and I hope it helps you as well!
Cut your desired length of chain and thread the end link onto a headpin or piece of straight wire. I like to use a head or eyepin so the chain doesn't slide off the end.
Take the end of the wire spool and thread the end link onto the headpin. Hold the headpin up so both chain lengths are dangling and cut the same length using your flush cutters. Visually it's a snap to see exactly where to cut.
Repeat these steps for the desired number of chain lengths you need. You can keep all the chain pieces on the wire or just keep the original chain length on the wire to ensure accurate cutting for more pieces.
Internationally award winning designer, teacher and official Swarovski Instructor, she resides with her 2 puppies, Sparkle and Bling in beautiful Colorado. Kristal's fashion endeavors include designing & creating jewelry for the Jimmy Buffet Band backup singers & dancers; appearing numerous times on HGTV, PBS and JTV and teaching on cruise ships worldwide.
The author of 4 books: Metal Clay 101 for Beaders, Foxy Epoxy, Fabulous Fabric Beads Sassy Silky Savvy; 2 DVDs: Mixed Media: Beaded Bracelets with Fiber Beads and Crystals, Resin, Wire Mixed Media: Jewelry Making with Handmade Beads, Crystals, Resin, and More! Past editor of BeadingDaily.com, her designs have been featured in over 85 publications. Kristalís jewelry has been represented in galleries spanning the globe including Santa Fe - Canyon Rd. Alaska, Cayman Islands, Italy, Germany & the Virgin Islands.
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