Introduction to Chain Making

In this intensive course, students will be taught how to design and make their own chain by exploring a range of jewellery techniques and processes. Students will make samples of a few different types of chain then create their own chain from sterling silver to take away at the end of the course.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • consider a range of historical and contemporary chains used in jewellery;
  • develop a range of samples of different types of chain to gain an understanding of how they have been produced;
  • select one or two of samples to develop into a finished chain by the end of the course

Introduction to Chain Making

Room Q24, Hunter Building, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh
Start date
3 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Wed 26 - Fri 28 July, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Subject Area
Jenny Deans
Room Q24, Hunter Building, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh
Time of Day
  • Samples of chains and images of chains will be looked at to provide an overview of historical and contemporary chain making.
  • Basic jump ring demonstration and practice
  • Development of samples of different types of chain and differences in gauge of wire to create an understanding of the possibilities.
  • Samples and production of 1 or 2 chains made to the students’ own design using sterling silver wire.

Students will be taught using a combination of demonstrations and one to one tuition.   

Core Readings

There are no books required for this course.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided covering all of the basic chains covered in the demonstrations.

Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

  • A supply of copper wire will be available for the students to use for test pieces and samples.
  • Jewellery tools and equipment 

Available to purchase during course

  • Sterling silver wire will be available to buy at cost price in a variety of thicknesses to create the finished chains.

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:

  • Reading glasses if required by students 

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