How To Weld Permanent Beaded Bracelet No Jump Rings – Short Jewelry Tutorial – Orion Micro Welder

How To Weld Permanent Beaded Bracelet No Jump Rings – Short Jewelry Tutorial – Orion Micro Welder

Welding Permanent Bracelets

This short Jewelry Tutorial (long version available on my Micro Welder Playlist) – How to weld a permanent bracelet (forever bracelet) with no jump rings. You can have pearls and beads threaded onto the chain, using the Orion Micro Welder mPulse. The chain used is a sterling silver beading chain – diameter is 0.5mm (24 ga) , thin enough to go through regular sized pearls, 4mm Swarovski bicones and many standard beads.

The chain is fine, and like any fine chain that you cannot fit a jump ring through, it is more challenging to weld together securely. I came up with a method: balling up the chain ends on either side. You can do this by gently touching the ends of the chain and then zap. Or you can do them individually at 5w – 7w power. This will give it more volume.

Then put the two ends of the chain together to weld, just as you would the ends of a jump ring. Both sides must touch.

The result is the shape of a bead – the two balls melt together to form a tiny bead. You can leave it as it is, or you can press down with pliers. Also, sometimes, if your hand or the chain shifts, it may not be completely straight (forms a V-shape). You simply use a pair of pliers to tap together gently, as you roll the chain around. As a result, the shain will straighten and the bead of silver will flatten out to be similar to the shape of the chain.

Hack – if you are not using argon gas, or if there is some oxidation (fire scale) despite using argon gas, you can remove the oxidation with an eraser or rubber high polish dremel bit.