Flattening and Texturing a Fine Silver Chain

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Learn how add texture to your fine silver chain with this technique.
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Tip 1You can only texture one side of the ring. Turning the ring over to texture the other side will only flatten out the texture on the original side.
Tip 2Read through our Fusing FAQ before you begin.
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Step 1

Start with a fused fine silver chain.

Step 2

For this example we shaped our chain into ovals. See our shaping a fine silver component technique to learn how.

Step 3

Place the first link onto the edge of the bench block, holding the other chain links off to the side.

Step 4

Using the flat, broad side of your chasing hammer, start to hammer half of the first link flat.

Step 5

Continue hammering the link flat on one side.

Step 6

Turn the link 180 degrees and place it on the edge of the bench block, holding the other chain links off to the side.

Step 7

Hammer the remaining half of the link.

Step 8

Continue hammering the link flat on one side.

Step 9

You have flattened one link. If you desire you can use the ball side (other end) of your chasing hammer to add texture to your links.

Step 10

Repeat steps 3-8 for each of the remaining links. Check that the links are evenly flattened throughout.

Step 11

You may opt to use a tumbler to polish and harden your chain. Refer to our beading technique to learn how.

Step 12

Congratulations! You now have a chain that is completely flattened, polished and ready for a clasp.

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