Welding Permanent Bracelets
In this videohttps://youtu.be/nRDM5nuB7mk I show you how to weld a permanent bracelet (forever bracelet) using the Orion Micro Welder mPulse. The chain that I use is a sterling silver beading chain, which I wholesale. The diameter is 0.5mm (24 ga), thin enough to go through regular sized pearls, 4mm Swarovski bicones and many standard beads..
I chose a fine chain for this permanent bracelet. Like many fine chains, you cannot fit a jump ring through the links. 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 chain will straighten and the bead of silver will flatten out to be similar to the shape of the chain. Your permanent bracelet is complete!
The chain I used in this video is:
0.5mm Swage Beading Chain 925 Silver made in Italy Ci11S
Also a thicker version is available 0.6mm (22 ga) Ci10S
Please NOTE: the thicker version does not go through small holed pearls.