Chain Making: Soldered Link Systems

Course Description

About this course

This class covers strategies for making both traditional chains as well as stepping outside the box to create unusual or unique linkage systems. A wide range of chain styles will be demonstrated and a each week the class will focus on a different style, including cable chains and it’s variations, linked chains, using disc connections, small metal squares and tubing links, and balled end connections. Loop in loop chains and incorporating glass or gemstone beads into large silver loops will also be covered.

Assembly line soldering methods will be discussed in addition to handling multiple solder joints. Joy will present alternative strategies for approaching each chain style and will showcase numerous samples. Students will get started with simple connections that only require wire and basic hand tools and will then jump into more unusual linkage systems. Time will be spent working on samples first in economic brass and copper metal, before moving on to working in fine silver, sterling silver, and Argentium silver. 

Meet the Instructor

Joy Raskin

Joy Raskin has been a silversmith since 1984 and has exhibits 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 and 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 Dartmouth. Joy is an instructor at Metalwerx in Waltham, MA, The Craft Center in NH, Sharon Art Center, and many other schools.

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 $65 materials fee for this course, which is payable upon registration. It covers numerous gauges of wire in copper, nugold, brass,sterling silver fine silver, and Argentium silver. 

Students should bring 
  • closed-toe shoes - required for all Metalwerx classes
  • favorite hand tools
  • notebook and pencil - for notes



Materials Cost



Joy Raskin


October 19 -November 16, 2021

Weekly on Tuesday


1:30 PM -4:30 PM


5 weeks

Basic and above
Make-up dates 
November 30
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