Chain Making: Simple, Soldered, & Fused

Course Description

About this course

This class covers strategies for making both traditional chains as well as stepping outside of the box to create unusual linkages. A wide range of chain styles will be demonstrated including fused, cold-connected, woven, and soldered link chains. Get started with simple connections that only require wire and basic hand tools. Some chains that don’t involve heat include the Egyptian spiral chain, Viking Knit chain, wire-wrapped links with beads, etc. Techniques covered include use of pliers, basic hammering and wire forming, methods for weaving wire, hand surface finishing, and making jump rings. Students will move on to work with a torch to fuse and solder links. Chains covered in the second portion of class will be a basic cable chain with variations, twisted links, self-linking chains, designs made by balling up wire, and simple loop in loop. Joy will present alternative strategies for approaching each chain style and show many examples from her own production line. Time will be spent working on samples of chain styles first in bronze (NuGold) and then students will move on to working in fine silver, sterling silver, and argentium. 

Meet the Instructor

Joy Raskin

Joy Raskin has been a silversmith since 1984, and has exhibited throughout the United States, Ireland and New Zealand, showcasing both her jewelry and flatware designs. Joy is a native of New Hampshire, having attended public schools in Manchester and Concord. She was accepted as a member of the League of NH Craftsmen while still in high school. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Joy is an instructor at Metalwerx in Waltham, MA, The Craft Center in NH, Sharon Art Center and many other schools. Joy also teaches workshops on jewelry making, metalsmithing, wireweaving, and various metal techniques at craft programs throughout New England. She also works as a goldsmith for a local gallery and is enjoying working with high tech tools such as the laser welder.

Joy has received many awards for her work. She was commissioned by the NH State Council on the Arts to create the Cultural Access Award for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 2001. Her work is included in many collections, including the White House and Smithsonian Institution. Joy's work is found in multiple galleries throughout New England, including the League of NH Craftsmen Galleries, Boston Society of Arts & Crafts, Guilford Art Center, Millbrook Gallery, and others.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $130 materials fee for this course that can be made payable upon registration. The materials kit includes over 40ft total of various gauges of NuGold (bronze) wire, as well as 30ft of fine silver wire, 20ft of sterling silver wire, and 20ft of argentium wire. 

Students should bring 
  • Favorite hand tools
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Sanding sticks (if you already have them)



Materials Cost



Joy Raskin


September 20 -November 29, 2017

Weekly on Wednesday


1:30 PM -4:30 PM


10 weeks

No Class Dates

November 22

Make-up dates 
December 6
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