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Three-step pliers or mandrel
Chain nose pliers
Wire side cutters or flush cutters
Wire rounder or cup burr and flex shaft
Steel bench block
Rawhide or plastic mallet or ball pein hammer
14-gauge brass wire
Clean and polish the chain so it has no tarnish. This chain is brass so we thought it quite a find.
Create two large "S" links from 14-gauge brass wire. Use three-step pliers or a mandrel to form the "S" link. Cut the wire from the spool with wire side cutters or flush cutters.Use a wire rounder or cup burr and flex shaft to file the end of the link so it is smooth enough to wear as jewelry. Place the link on a steel bench block and hammer the link with a rawhide or plastic mallet to harden the metal with out marring the surface. If you don not mind a hammered look to yur metal, you can use a ball pein hammer to harden the metal. Repeat to create a second identical link.
Use chain nose pliers to open the "S" link and attach one side of the link to one end of the chain. Close the link so the finding is secure on the chain. Open the other side of the link and attach the brass "O" ring. Adjust the link as needed with your chain nose pliers.
chain nose pliers to open the other "S" link and attach one side of the link to the other end of the chain. Close the link so the finding is secure on the chain. Open the other side of the link and attach the brass clasp. Again, adjust the link as needed with your chain nose pliers.
Make a Stone & Elastic Belt
How to Make a Simple "S" Clasp (with or without Beads)
Make Your Own "S" Clasp
Make Your Own Beaded "S" Clasp
How to Make Your Own Wire Wrapping Tool Kit
How to Care for Your Wire Wrapping Tools
How to Straighten Wire
How to Smooth Sharp Edges on Wire
How to Measure Wire
How to Use a Wire Gauge
Tutorials by GeltDesigns
"Making Stylish Belts: Do-it-Yourself Projects to Craft and Sew at Home"; Ellen Goldstein-Lynch, Sarah Mullins, Nicole Malone (2007).
"The Complete Metalsmith: Professional Edition"; Tim McCreight; 2004"Jewelry Concepts and Technology"; Oppi Untracht; 1982