I have been asked if I make chain by hand too or do I purchase it. That is a reasonable question. I have purchased small gauge chain in the past per a client’s request but I do make chain by hand. My chains, whether used as necklaces or bracelets, can usually be found here.
My chains are usually made from round, half round or square wire that I draw though drawplates in my studio. That way I am in control of the gauge, design and finishing of the chain. I also make my own findings as I find commercial findings to be lacking and usually incompatible with my designs.
Below is an excerpt of me forming soldered links on a chain in progress and under that is a photo of the completed chain. Usually I make the chain links and the findings out of the same gauge of metal. If you wear a properly designed and handmade chain, you won’t go back to the mass produced ones – okay, well maybe to a Hermes chain. Honestly, I can’t think of a mass marketer, luxury or otherwise, that makes handmade chain to measure!