Chunky Chain With An S-Clasp

Take your first steps into the world of soldering, as we guide you step by step through creating a chunky chain together with a handmade S-clasp

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Kick Ass Handouts

Nobody wants to work with their laptop on their desk! That’s why we created downloadable handouts full of detailed instructions and step by step photographs to help you on your creative journey. Our Chunky Chain has 52 pages of easy to understand handouts, supporting materials and tools list.

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Engaging Videos

Crystal clear, direct to the point, and with a little humor thrown in for good measure. Our aim is that you learn as quickly and as effectively as possible whilst making you feel like you’re right here with us in the studio. Our Chunky Chain class has over 1 hour 40 minutes of easy to follow, succinct videos to help you get creating confidently in no time at all.

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Clear Explanations

We understand that concepts don’t just need explaining in terms of how, but also why…it’s only by truly understanding the why that you’ll be able to develop the thought processes necessary to work effectively alone. We’re super happy to have you as a student, but what would make us happiest? You, being able to create, all by yourself.

So you’ve decided you want to get to grips with soldering?

You came to the right place!  I want to show you step by step that soldering really doesn’t need to be as difficult as you think.  By learning the right techniques such as torch control from the start, whilst working on fun projects, you really can build confidence and get up and running in no time at all.

In this class, we’ll guide you step by step through the wonderful world of soldering as we create a chunky chain together. No soldering experience is required to take this course but it’s advisable to have some experience with the basic tools such as a jewellers saw. If you don’t have that experience already, check out our Saw Pierced Pendant online class before diving into this one.

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Practice makes perfect! Don’t be afraid to try new things and think outside the class box. You can even incorporate skills learnt in other classes here such as adding an octopus setting to your S-clasp, or even make a custom chain for your saw pierced or prong set pendant.

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Tools and materials you'll need at a minimum

  • Soldering equipment including a torch (a decent butane torch will suffice for this project), soldering surface (we use hard charcoal or a solderite pad from Rio Grande), tweezers and / or solder pick, flux and pickle
  • Cross locking tweezers
  • Jewellers saw and good quality blades (we are using 2/0 blades)
  • Steel block
  • Half round needle or escapement files #2 or #3 cut
  • Flat and or chain nose pliers (parallel pliers will work even better)
  • Half round and flat pliers
  • Round and flat pliers
  • Flat and / or half round hand file #0 or #2 cut
  • Chasing hammer with a flat face or a planishing hammer
  • Cylindrical steel mandrels in various sizes dependent upon the size you wish to use for your chain links, we’ll be using 6mm and 10mm. You can also purchase a jump ring maker such as those available from Pepe Tools.
  • Sandpaper in various grits – we use 240, 600, 800 and 1200
  • Fine brass brush for finishing
  • Various gauges and profiles of sterling silver, brass, bronze or copper wire for the chain links. We’ll be using 18 and 14-gauge round and square profile wire
  • Hard silver solder
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A note on tools

The list can go on and on for tool requirements depending on your budget, and we will include a variety of possibilities in our downloadable handouts and during the tutorials. However, we want to make our projects available to everyone irrespective of budget so for the most part we will try not to get too flashy with the essential tools.  Please note that in our course materials we give you lots of options in terms of tools, so we strongly recommend watching the course videos before going out on any crazy shopping sprees.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes you will need specific tools for this class, we have included a basic tool list above, and the course contains detailed tool handouts together with product codes for all tools used during the class.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide a specific answer to that questions.  It depends on the tools you decide to purchase and the quality.  We try to include as many options as possible in our classes so that student’s can make choices based on their budget, but we will be honest, tools are not cheap.

The videos are only playable through the website and so are not downloadable.

Absolutely you can!  It would be pretty tough to work with your laptop on your workbench.

If you do want that little extra support, don’t worry at all – that is one of the main reasons why we launched our membership.  Lucy, Vennice and the team will be active in the forums daily to help with any problems you might be having with the classes.

This class is a little more advanced, we recommend starting out with the saw pierced pendant class as a first step into metalsmithing.

Unfortunately not at this stage, however our handouts that accompany the videos have extensive, easy to follow instructions.