Curb Chain Making

30 May 2020 · 9:30AM - 4:30PM
Silversmithing Workshop
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Whether used as embellishment or adornment, chains are one of the most versatile and long lasting pieces of jewellery. Yet today, chains are often mass produced by machines to satisfy market demand. Lucie Gledhill, an expert in weaving with wire and making chain, will help you to unlock the secret of creating curb chain – a heavy chain particularly popular for men’s jewellery.

This day short course will take you on a twisting journey of interlocked soldered links. Lucie will show you how to make jump ring, link and solder, before twisting and flattening the chain.
Programmed in partnership with The Worshipful Company of Silver and Gold Wyre Drawers and in celebration of the exhibition Drawn and Formed: Contemporary Work with Gold and Silver Wire.

What will I learn?

  • How to choose the correct gauge of wire and estimate the quantity of metal required 
  • How to produce jump rings in the most efficient way 
  • How to link and solder links effectively
  • How to form and shape your chain using different tools and equipment 
  • How to finish and polish your chain safely

By the end of the course, you will have produced enough curb chain to form this into a finger ring. The tutor will work with you as a group and individually and will support and guide you through your learning.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Piercing saw frame
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Hand vice
  • Paint brush for borax
  • Soldering probe or tweezers
  • Tin snips
  • Note book + Pen

What will we provide?

  • All other necessary equipment
  • Borax 
  • Emery paper
  • 2/0 blades bundle
  • Silver Hard solder
  • Silver wire

Who is this course designed for?

Beginner: No practical experience or understanding of the listed skill required, but with jewellery skills already
Intermediate: Some practical experience and basic understanding of the listed skill required. 

Who is the tutor?

Lucie Gledhill was recently nominated as Best New Designer at Goldsmith Fair 2019. Graduated from the Royal College of Art, Lucie predominantly work with wire in repetitive process, she applies a low-tech techniques approach to traditional making techniques. Lucie is known for her expertise in chain making.

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