Making Jewelry Chains

Dana Hinders
Learning how to make your own jewelry chains opens up a number of creative possibilities.

Making jewelry chains is a fun and enjoyable pastime that lets you create unique accessories to match almost any outfit in your wardrobe.

The Benefits of Making Your Own Chains

Although you can purchase a variety of pre-made chains, learning how to make your own jewelry chains is a valuable skill. For example:

  • It's a great way to save money when you're on a tight budget.
  • Making a chain by hand is more convenient than searching through your local craft store or bead shop to find a pre-made chain that works well with your project.
  • You can customize the length and look of your chain to fit your unique preferences.
  • It gives you a chance to practice new techniques that will be useful for more complex jewelry making projects.

Getting Started

To start making jewelry chains, you'll need to purchase an assortment of basic supplies for making wire jewelry. For example:

  • Wire: Wire is sold in sizes that are called gauges. For most general purpose projects, 20 gauge wire is sufficient. If you require lighter and more flexible wire, however, look for a spool of 22 gauge wire.
  • Pliers: Many different types of pliers are used in making jewelry. If you're just getting started, look for a kit that includes round nose, chain nose, and needle nose pliers.
  • Wire cutters: The wire used to make jewelry can't be cut by an ordinary pair of scissors.
  • Jump rings: Some chains can be constructed entirely from jump rings, but these findings are also useful for adding charms and pendants to the finished chain. If you can't find jump rings in the size you need, All Info About Jewelry Making has a simple tutorial to help you make your own.
  • Clasps: Whether you prefer a toggle clasp or a lobster clasp, you need to have some way to open and close your finished chain.
  • Beads: Beads are not strictly necessary for making jewelry chains, although many designs do incorporate beaded accents into the finished piece.

Tools and supplies for jewelry making can be purchased from your local craft store or through the following online retailers:

Instructions for Making Jewelry Chains

Although it's possible to design a chain by simply experimenting with coiling and twisting wire, beginners will find it more helpful to follow a series of step-by-step instructions. Once you've mastered the basics, however, you can modify projects to create your own one-of-a-kind chains.Instructions for making jewelry chains can be found by visiting the following links:

Additional Information

For more jewelry making project ideas, pick up one of the following books:

Making Jewelry Chains