Chunky chain jewellery making class

Not only will you have access to our Chunky Chain online class, but you’ll also be able to learn from hundreds of videos we have available over at the Metalsmith Academy

If you've struggled with soldering before, it's all going to make sense now!

In this class, we’re going to be diving into soldering in it’s most basic form with attention to every single detail. The what’s, the why’s and the what nots, are explored with crystal clear videography and easy to understand instructions as we get to work making a stylish chunky chain.

Skills you’ll need for this class: No soldering experience is required to take this course but it is advisable to have some experience with the basic tools, such as a jewellers saw. If you don’t have that experience already, no drama!  Just check out our Saw Pierced Pendant online class before diving into this one.

When it comes to online jewellery making classes, we know you need the details

Crystal Clear Videography

High resolution video demonstration

With exceptionally close up videography to show you nitty gritty stuff, full screen shots to help you understand scale and how we’re using the tools, and our obsessive commitment to never meandering off camera. We’ve got you covered.

Detailed Explanations

Lucy Walker and Vennice Aw-Metalsmith Academy Instructor

As with any jewellery, it’s important to understand the small details. In order to truly “get it” though, we have to understand not only the how, but also the why.  We’re also pretty keen on sharing what not to do too – it does come in pretty damn handy!

Full Colour handouts

Handouts in colour

As well as creating hours of waffle-free videos, we’ve also put together a detailed handout with over 50 pages of glorious full-colour photos – so you can get the practice you need even when not online. Sorry to break it to you, but this one is going to really need it!


$ 47 Monthly
  • Access to all online classes
  • Community forums
  • Win prizes and stay motivated with our Creative Kickstarter challenges
  • Support and help from Lucy and Vennice Personally


$ 470 Anually
  • Access to all online classes
  • Community forums
  • Win prizes and stay motivated with our Creative Kickstarter challenges
  • Support and help from Lucy and Vennice Personally
Best Value

What's covered in Chunky Chain class

  • Soldering for those with and without experience – we’re explaining everything!
  • Understanding basic metal forming techniques with simple and more complex tools
  •  How to anneal metal, what that means, and why you need to do it
  • How to make a chain with round or square profile wire
  • Learning how to prepare your own pickle, what that is, and why it’s important when soldering
  •  How to use silver solder with confidence
  • Understanding the basics of soldering with a pick
  • Learn how to prepare solder for use for ease of use and maximum organisation
  • Different variations and styles of chains
  • Finishing skills – we’re all about the details!
  • How to make and S-clasp to finish off your handmade chain perfectly!
Chain making and soldering with a smith little torch
Solder technique in jewellery making
Polishing jewellery

Why we created this class: When it comes to soldering, there's no simpler way to get to grips with the skills necessary than to annihilate your sanity by making a chain. But I promise you it's not as hard as it looks with a few tips and tricks to help you along the way.

What do we get as a member of the
Metalsmith Academy?

We are listening to what you're struggling with and making videos and handouts to help you with exactly that - our stalking skills are on point!
A firm favorite with our current members, you'll never have to worry about where to start or what's next again. Everything is laid out in a logical step-by-step process.
Every couple of months we'll be releasing a brand new challenge! But what's a challenge without some ass-kicking prizes? (Seriously, think GRS MicroBlock and you're in the right ballpark).
If you're feeling a little lost for inspiration, have no fear, we have templates galore for you to use however you like - zero credit required!
Solutions to the problems causing you drama! These fast and furious videos are created to answer your questions fast
If you're feeling down on the motivation front, don't worry! Our supportive community forums, with members from all over the world, are here to help.
Gesswein, Otto Frei, Durston Tools, Pepe USA and SC Studios.... just some of the suppliers giving our members exclusive discounts.
Every morning Lucy and Vennice are over in the forums helping solve your dramas, and have a good gossip over coffee.

Join monthly for only $47 per month, or save on two months’ membership fees by joining annually for $470 per year. You’re free to cancel your subscription at any time, and it’s entirely drama-free to do so!

What our Metalsmith Academy members are saying

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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.

Jewellery making tools

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Frequently Asked Questions

As many times as you like as long as your subscription is active

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.

Free resources for jewellers and metalsmiths

Saw piercing tips and tricks blog

Top tips for successful saw piercing

Jewellery making free ebook

Find out which tools you really need

Battle of the blades blog post

Read the blog post to find out