No-Solder Chain Making

Course Description

About this course

This live, virtual workshop will teach student how to transform old pliers and tweezers into practical chain making tools that will then be used to make unique, no-solder chains. Students will also discover tricks to pull and anneal thin wire, how to twist wires together to create a textured affect, and much more. Five different chain styles will be covered throughout the workshop - double S, Kona, double Kona, twist, and Yao. Demonstrations and practice will first utilize thick electrical wire before moving on to thinner wire, to allow for easier visualization of these wire working techniques. 

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Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Matthieu Cheminée

Matthieu moved from Paris to New-Mexico when he was 19, where for seven years he studied Navajo, Hopi and Zuni jewelry techniques. He was immediately drawn to stamping, making concho belts and bracelets. He then moved to Mali, West-Africa and worked for a few years with the Fulani, Touareg and Bambara jewelers. 

In 1999, Matthieu settled in Montreal Canada and continued his studies by going to a jewelry school and learning a more classical part of the trade. Over the years, Matthieu has returned to Africa regularly.

In 2014, Tim McCreight and Mattheiu Cheminee created the Toolbox Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps jewelers in West Africa through the gifts of donated tools.

“I have been stamping and making stamps since the beginning and have developed a form of stamping design by creating patterns that fill the entire piece of metal. This is called “tessellation”.

Matthieu has written two books,  “Legacy, jewelry techniques of West Africa“  and “The Art of Stamping”, both published at Brynmorgen Press.

Visit Matthieu's website or instagram page for more info on his work.

Materials & Tools 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials (electric wire will be cut open to remove the copper inside):

  • 12ft x fine silver wire - 28g (Rio Grande)
  • 10ft x sterling silver wire - 24g (Rio Grande)
  • 10ft x sterling silver wire - 22g (Rio Grande
  • 3ft x electric wire - 14/2 - for copper inside (Home Depot)

Hand tool:

  • 1 x wire cutters (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x round nose pliers - used is best (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x steel tweezers - used is best (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x jewelers saw (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x pack saw blades - 3/0 (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x wire wrapping mandrels (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x bench pin (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x optivisor (Rio Grande
  • 1 x 3mm rod - can be a nail, steel/brass/silver wire, etc.
  • 1 x 12"x4" piece of wood
  • 1 x 4"x1" piece of wood

Other/miscellaneous items: 

  • hard/stable work surface
  • safety glasses 
  • needle files
  • ruler
  • fine point permanent marker 
  • torch setup - if you wish to anneal - not required
  • fire proof work area - if you wish to anneal - not required




Matthieu Cheminée


February 15 -17, 2022


6:00 PM -8:00 PM


2 days

All Levels

No Class Dates

February 16

Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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