Learn How To Make A Cotter Pin Chain With Craft Wire

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Make a Cotter Pin Chain With Craft Wire

This chain making process is quick and easy in this step-by-step jewelry making tutorial. Watch James Browning, Soft Flex Company's resident craft wire expert, use copper craft wire for wire working to make your own personal jewelry chain.

Soft Flex Craft Wire Chain Making by James Browning

18ga Soft Flex Craft Wire in Bare Copper
Nylon Jaw Pliers
Bead Nipper (Cutters)
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
LoopRite Looping Pliers

Soft Flex Craft Wire Chain Making by James Browning

Making a cotter pin chain by hand will save you money, give you more control over the color of your chain and when using Soft Flex craft wire, it will be hypo-allergenic and non-tarnishing. Many wire findings and chain can be handmade with a few simple jewelry making tools. Learn how to use the Looprite pliers to consistently make the same size components. Making chains for jewelry will be your new favorite technique.

Soft Flex Craft Wire is a high quality, permanently colored copper wire. It is resistant to scratching, peeling and marring.This is due to the special enameling process used to coat the wire to produce the wide spectrum of colors we offer. After the enamel is applied, the wire is then clear coated to prevent tarnishing. Bare Copper is the only wire in the line that is not treated. If antiques and old findings are your medium, Bare Copper will patina - perfect for making that new project look like an heirloom.

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James Browning is a Sales Representative for the Soft Flex Company. A transplant to California from Eastern Washington. His passion for making things has been lifelong, driving him to get his BFA after studying abroad in Florence, Italy. He has his artistic fingers in many mediums including marble sculpting, pottery, mosaic making, and silversmithing. Recently his passion has extended beyond beads to wire wrapping. He states that “wire is an inexpensive hobby that tends to not take over your craft room!” You can email him at James@SoftFlexCompany.com and see more of his work on his Facebook page.