Silver Chains – cost saving tips
Silver is a precious metal, and it is important when using sterling silver chains, to be cost effective in your designs. Here are some cost saving tips:
Choose silver chains where large loops are connected with smaller soldered rings, so that you lose less sterling silver content when you cut the chain.
Choose sterling silver chains that have a combination of different sized links. This creates an illusion of movement in your jewellery and the sterling silver chain. The links look almost as thick as a thicker sterling silver chain with consistently sized links, but will weigh less.
Cut a section of thicker sterling silver chain for the front, and use a thinner section of sterling silver chain for the back 40%. You donäó»t see much of the thinner sterling silver chain , and while lying flat on display, the thinner sterling silver chain will just look a bit more tapered.
When creating a long necklace using sterling silver chains, select a variety of weight and widths. Cut 4äó sections and connect the sterling silver chains . This creates interest and movement in your jewellery piece. The effect is bulking the look of the entire necklace, while cutting cost using lighter sterling silver chains.
Save the cut sterling silver loops from sterling silver chains. You can reuse them as jumprings. Use the sterling silver loops to connect sections of sterling silver chain. They will blend in perfectly. If the piece of sterling silver metal is soft, hammer it lightly, and it will harden. For larger loops, you can use the sterling silver chain loop as a split ring by turning them with a pair of round nose pliers.