How To Weld Permanent Bracelet with Thin Fine Chain
In this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49HShhhT7v8&t=1s, I show you how to weld a permanent bracelet (forever bracelet) using a 1mm thin curb chain and the Orion Micro Welder mPulse. The links of the chain I use can only fit 26 gauge wire (0.4mm).
I like to use fine chain, however, welding thin fine chain, is harder than swage beading chain because the links drape and are airy. Nevertheless, if you can learn to ball the chain ends, then everything else is very easy. Put the welder on 7.5w power (you may wish to adjust this power depending on your comfort level and the thickness of your chain). Touch the welder on the end of the chain, collapsing the link and causing a small ball of metal. You may have to do this more than once. 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.
The chain I used in the video is 1mm wide 925 silver, made in Italy Ci13S