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Explorations in Metalsmithing: Creative Chain Making

with Megan Auman

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  •   01 Prerequisite #1: Basic Metalsmithing Tools

  •   02 Prerequisite #2: Tools for Soldering

  •   03 Prerequisite #3: Soldering Basics


Class duration: 5h 28m

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About The Class

Go beyond the basics of handmade chain making and discover your own creative voice.

Go beyond the basics of handmade chain making and discover your own creative voice.

There’s no need to buy boring, store-bought chain. In Explorations in Metalsmithing: Creative Chainmaking, you’ll learn the basics of creating your own handmade chain (including how to get comfortable soldering with a torch) and how to take the basics of chain making and add endless variations to create designs that are uniquely yours.

Designer and metalsmith Megan Auman has built her own jewelry line by discovering her signature style in chain making, and now she wants to help you do the same!

In this class, you will learn how to:

  • Make and solder jump rings into a basic link-in link-chain.
  • Create variation in your chain making through wire gauge, link size, shape, and more.
  • Hone in on your aesthetic to find a style that’s uniquely you.
  • Finish your chains so they’re sturdy and stunning.
  • Turn your chain making explorations into amazing earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.

Whether you’re just getting started in metalsmithing, or you’re looking to inject some creativity into your jewelry designs, you’ll leave this class with the skills and ideas necessary to create your own unique chain. Plus, you’ll explore your ideas by creating a series of chain-link statement earrings - perfect to wear, share, or sell!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Prerequisite #1: Basic Metalsmithing Tools

  2. 02

    Prerequisite #2: Tools for Soldering

  3. 03

    Prerequisite #3: Soldering Basics

  4. 04

    Class Overview: Creative Explorations in Chain Making

  5. 05

    The 10 Variables of Chain Making

  6. 06

    Finding Your Aesthetic

  7. 07

    Choosing Your Wire and Link Size

  8. 08

    How to Make Jump Rings

  9. 09

    Assembling and Soldering a Basic Chain

  10. 10

    Soldering Demo: Soldering Links Closed

  11. 11

    Hot Seat: Soldering Links

  12. 12

    Making Different Shaped Links by Wrapping and Bending

  13. 13

    Making Different Shaped Links by Joining

  14. 14

    Changing the Shape of Links After Soldering

  15. 15

    Creating More Variation With Multiple Links

  16. 16

    Soldering Demo: Soldering Complex Chains

  17. 17

    Making an S-Hook Clasp

  18. 18

    Making and Soldering a Toggle Clasp

  19. 19

    Pickling, Cleaning, and Polishing Your Chain

  20. 20

    Adding Hammer Texture and Flattening Links

  21. 21

    Making Ear Wires

  22. 22

    Turning Your Chain Explorations into a Cohesive Jewelry Line


Meet Your Expert

Megan Auman

Megan Auman is a designer, metalsmith, educator, and entrepreneur who has built a multi-faceted business around her passion for great design and sustainable business. Her eponymous jewelry line is sold in stores across the US and online. Her designs have been featured in Design Sponge, Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, and more. In 2009, Megan founded Designing an MBA to help designers and makers develop their business skills. Since then, she has created a number of successful e-courses, including Marketing for Makers, Wholesale Academy, and Do/Teach. She is a frequent speaker on pricing, wholesale, and business thinking for creatives. ... read more

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  • pdf Chainmaking Supplies
  • pdf Variables of Chainmaking
  • pdf Find Your Aesthetic

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Liz


    June 2017

    Megan' an excellent instructor and lays things out very clearly, with a lot of good tips based on her extensive experience. I've experience making wire wrapped chain and have taken a beginning metalsmithing class before, and this class had some good refresher information. I particularly appreciated seeing her techniques and process for streamlining production.

  • Creativelive Student

    June 2017

    Megan is an awesome teacher! She is genuinely enthusiastic about sharing her metalsmithing skills with us. I am really looking forward to trying my hand at designing and making a chained necklace on my own soon.

  • Vernell Bevelander

    July 2018

    Another excellent class! Thank you Megan!

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