Chains have been a mainstay of jewelry since humans learned to craft metal into decorative objects. A jewelry chain is an essential in any jewelry collection. It’s versatile, able to be worn alone or carrying pendants.
To start making jewelry chains, you’ll need to purchase an assortment of basic supplies for making wire jewelry. For example:
Beads: Beads are not strictly necessary for making jewelry chains, although many designs do incorporate beaded accents into the finished piece.
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.
Jump rings: Some chains can be constructed entirely from jump rings, but these findings are also useful for adding jewelry charms and pendants to the finished chain.
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.
Clasps: Whether you prefer a toggle clasp or lobster clasps, you need to have some way to open and close your finished chain.