Fusing a Fine Silver Chain

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Learn how to make chain with fine silver wire and a torch. Our step-by-step photos make it easy.
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Tip 1Learn how to cut fine silver rings for fusing before you begin.
Tip 2Safety first! Make sure you work area is clean of flammable items and you have a fire extinguisher near by.
Tip 3Read through our Fusing FAQ before you begin.
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Step 1

To start your chain, you will need to cut and fuse several rings, see our make a fine silver ring and fuse a fine silver ring to learn how. For this example we fused five individual rings to create a chain of 11 rings.

Step 2

Using the tweezers drop the hot rings into the cold water in the quenching bowl. This will cool the rings rapidly.

Step 3

It is important to drop the rings into the water so they are cooled quickly and consistantly. You can now remove the rings with your fingers.

Step 4

To create chain you need to dig a little valley into your fire brick. Once your fire brick has cooled flip it over and dig a valley with some old chain nose pliers. It is best if you leave one side of your fire brick flat for fusing single rings and dig the valley on the other side for making chain.

Step 5

Brush away the excess brick dust.

Step 6

Make sure the valley you are digging is both wide enough and deep enough to accommodate two rings.

Step 7

Open one unfused ring.

Step 8

Place two fused rings into the open ring.

Step 9

Close the ring tightly.

Step 10

Place the two fused rings, standing upright, into the valley of the fire brick. Lay the unfused ring flat on the fire brick with with the seam at 12 o'clock.

Step 11

Begin to fuse the ring on the fire brick by concentrating the tip of the bright blue part of the flame (the hottest part) on the ring.

Step 12

In a semi-circular motion, heat your ring. Be careful not to heat the two rings that are in the valley.

Step 13

The ring will start to look molten, like mercury (a liquid copper color). This will happen fast. The silver is now melted and needs to be pulled across the seam in order to fuse. Concentrate the heat over the seam and wiggle it back and forth until the ring fuses. Immediately pull the torch away.

Step 14

Your ring is now fused.

Step 15

Carefully pick up the hot rings with your tweezers.

Step 16

Drop the hot rings into the cold water in the quenching bowl.

Step 17

It is important to drop the rings into the water so they are cooled quickly and consistantly. You can now remove the rings with your fingers.

Step 18

You now have three links of chain fused together.

Step 19

Open one unfused ring.

Step 20

Place one end of the three link chain from step 18 into the unfused ring.

Step 21

Add another single fused ring from step 3 into the open ring. Close the open ring with your chain nose pliers.

Step 22

Place the chain on the fire brick stand the two rings attached to the ring you are going to fuse into the valley of the fire brick. Lay the unfused ring flat on the fire brick with the seam at 12 o'clock.

Step 23

Begin to fuse the ring on the fire brick by concentrating the tip of the bright blue part of the flame (the hottest part) on the ring.

Step 24

In a semi-circular motion, heat your ring. Be careful not to heat the two rings that are in the valley.

Step 25

In a semi-circular motion, continue heating your ring.

Step 26

The ring will start to look molten, like mercury (a liquid copper color). This will happen fast. The silver is now melted and needs to be pulled across the seam in order to fuse. Concentrate the heat over the seam and wiggle it back and forth until the ring fuses. Immediately pull the torch away.

Step 27

Your ring is now fused.

Step 28

Carefully pick up the hot rings with your tweezers.

Step 29

Drop the hot rings into the cold water in the quenching bowl.

Step 30

It is important to drop the rings into the water so they are cooled quickly and consistantly. You can now remove the rings with your fingers.

Step 31

You now have five links of chain fused together.

Step 32

Repeat steps 19-30 until you have reached your desired length.

Step 33

Congratulations! You now have a fused fine silver chain. To finish your chain see our flattening and texturing a fine silver chain technique or Using a Rock Tumbler.

     

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