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Simple soldered chain-link bracelet

This ancient chain-link technique is simple to solder and even easier to assemble

Simple and versatile, this soldered chain-link technique adds a classic touch to any jewelry wardrobe. As an unadorned bracelet, it’s sensuous and slinky on its own and effortlessly becomes a foundation to show off treasured beads and charms.

Measure your wrist to determine the length of the finished bracelet. Keep in mind that the clasp adds about an inch to the overall length. 

Read the step-by-step project instructions in the gallery below, or click here for the free project PDF.


  • 10 feet (3m) 20-gauge, dead-soft, sterling-silver wire
  • Saw blades, size 5/0
  • Easy solder, sheet
  • 300-grit sandpaper
  • Paste flux
  • Pickle solution and bowl
  • Plain water and bowl
  • 3–4 inches (7.6–10.2cm) scrap wire
  • 3 inches (7.6cm) 18-gauge, dead-soft, sterling-silver wire
  • Super-easy solder, sheet
  • S-hook clasp


  • 1⁄2-inch (1.3cm) diameter rod or dowel
  • Bench vise and pin
  • Serrated pliers
  • Jeweler’s saw frame
  • Chainnose pliers, 2 pairs
  • Metal snips
  • Firing brick
  • Small paintbrush
  • Butane torch
  • Solder pick or tweezers
  • Copper tongs
  • Drying cloth
  • Roundnose pliers
  • Fine-tip marking pen
  • Small mandrel, tapered
  • Wood draw plate
  • Draw tongs or pliers
  • Small round and half-round jeweler’s files
  • 6mm x 8-inch (20.3cm) rod or dowel
  • Steel wool or brass brush
  • Tumbler with stainless-steel shot and burnishing compound (optional)
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