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Mirrored Teardrop Chain

(registration instructions below)

This chain is a unique way to blend links formed of wire with a traditional chain pattern!  It has a great weight to wear as a long necklace.  First we will form and forge teardrop shaped links with 14ga wire that have drilled holes for connecting to other components.  These links can be used in a wide array of designs.  Once you have made some links, I will show you how to use a variation of the traditional Byzantine chain pattern to connect them like the sample above.  You will not be able to finish this project in class, but you will learn the entire process and be well armed to continue it at home.

Discipline:  Wire-working

Working with precious/semi-precious wire to form jewelry components.

Level:  Intermediate (**)

This link is considered intermediate because of the heavy weight of the wire.  The use of proper positioning aids in the ability to form the wire.  This project also introduces drilling holes in forged wire.

Secondary Discipline:  Chain-maille

The use of jump rings in decorative patterns derived from ancient practices.

Level:  Intermediate (**)

Using the jump rings in a pattern that requires good positioning and placement can be a challenge if you are not already familiar with the art of opening and closing the rings.

Where?

Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.

When?

This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $50/person. E-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Project Materials:

Each segment requires:

  • (2) 1.75″ lengths of 14ga wire (allow a bit extra for flush cutting)
  • (2) 16ga 7/32″ID jump rings
  • (8) 16ga 6/32″ID jump rings
  • (2) 16ga 5/32″ID jump ring

The necklace pictured above measures approximately 27″ long – the result of 12 segments.  Each segment measures approximately 2 1/4″ – I strongly recommend using even increments of segments to gain the proper drape without disturbing the pattern.  PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT MATERIALS YOU WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE FROM ME WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR CLASS SO I CAN HAVE THE RINGS READY.  You can use copper, silver, or a combo of the two.  (I have also had students use gold-fill jump rings for the 6/32”ID size for a two-tone look)

Per segment kit cost is $10 for all silver ($120 to complete a 27″ necklace).  You can provide your own wire and the rings alone would be $7/segment for all silver.  Price will vary for copper or gold-filled rings to replace silver ones.

 

Tools:

  • Jewelry grade file(s) – (needle files are fine for this)
  • Flush cutter – large one preferred
  • Sharpie marker (ultra fine point)
  • Ruler
  • Chain-nose jewelry pliers
  • Flat-nose jewelry pliers
  • Step pliers (Beadsmith # PL48) –Optional
  • Wrap and Tap pliers (Wire Loopers – Beadsmith # PL46 or Eurotool equivalent)
  • Bail making pliers (Beadsmith # PL42 or equivalent)
  • Pin vise fitted with a 2.5 or 3mm ball bur
  • Bur life or other lubricant
  • #52 twist drill and Flex shaft or drill press  (this will be furnished in class – but you will need a method to make approximately 1.5mm holes for future use – if you have a hole punch this size, it may work)
  • Embossing hammer or a ball pein with no sharp edges on the flat end
  • Steel block and silencing pad
  • Center punch (provided in class)
  • Sanding sponges/Steel wool (#00)/Polishing pad (also available for sale in class)
  • Magnifying glasses – most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.