Tools

If you have not worked with jump rings before, we recommend that you review our tips for Working with Jump Rings. If you have not fused or soldered jump rings before, and the kit recommends the rings be fused or soldered, please take a basic silversmithing class or a chain making class that includes soldering before ordering the kit. We want you to be successful in assembling our kits.

For a detailed discussion of all the tools please review Tools for a Chain Studio.

The minimum tools recommended for assembling our chain and chain maille kits include:

Needed
2 Jewelry pliers
I use the back side of a bent chain nose (the outside of the "C" shape) in my right hand for holding jump rings. I can hold all sizes of jump rings with this tool depending on how big a bite I take of the jump ring. In my left hand I use either a chain nose pliers for closing small jump rings (2-3mm), or a flat nose pliers for closing larger jump rings (4-5mm and larger). Closing larger rings with a flat nose pliers is less likely to distort the ring than using a chain nose pliers.

The Basic Chain Making Tool Set may be ordered by clicking on the picture below.

Optional
Jump ring opener
I use a jump ring opener on the little finger on my left hand and open the jump rings as needed.
Pick
A pick is a very handy tool for opening the correct path for the next jump ring through the chain being assembled. Use this tool when you run into trouble figuring out where to place the next ring.
Torch, flux and solder
A small butane torch, sometimes called a "Creme Brule" torch is sufficient for fusing or soldering jump rings.
Tumbler
I use a small tumbler, loaded with stainless steel shot in an assortment of shapes and a burnishing liquid, to burnish the finished projects.