How to Wire Wrap a Dainty Chain

We all know the feeling- You find the most beautiful itty bitty chain that sets off your pendant perfectly and is just right for your piece.

But, you want to split the chain and add the pendant in, or add accents, or to just make the chain a little shorter.

Disaster strikes! (cue dramatic music):

The links of the chain are too small to fit any of your jump rings!!!

“I just need a really thin gauged jump ring!” you cry, thinking this will be the answer to all of your woes. But no, any ring that is thin enough, is not strong enough!

Whatever shall you do?

Never fear! There is a solution that is sturdy, easy, and attractive, right within reach!

 

Tools and supplies needed for magic to occur:

-1 pair flush cutters

-1 pair small looping pliers or round nose pliers

-1 pair chain or flat nose pliers

-Thin chain

-22 or 24 gauge wire(or the thickest gauge wire that can fit through the last link in your chain)

 

Let us begin.

Step 1
Step 1 Cut a 2-3″ piece of wire. This is way more than you need, but since it is thin and what you are making is small, give yourself the extra to make it easier to work with.
Step 2
Step 2 Make a sharp bend about 1″ from the end of the wire, making it a little bit short of 90°.
Step 3
Step 3 Make a small loop right at your bend, using the inch of tail wire. The loop should be 1-2mm in diameter, if possible.
Step 4  Using your flat nose or chain nose pliers, make a second sharp bend just like the first about 3mm from the bottom of your loop.
Step 4 
Using your flat nose or chain nose pliers, make a second sharp bend just like the first about 3mm from the bottom of your loop.
Step 5 Holding your loop in the flat nose pliers for stability, wrap the tail end around the long end of the wire, above the second bend, 2-3 time(about halfway down toward the second bend.) Do not trim the tail end yet.
Step 5
Holding your loop in the flat nose pliers for stability, wrap the tail end around the long end of the wire, above the second bend, 2-3 time(about halfway down toward the second bend.) Do not trim the tail end yet.
Step 6 Make a second, matching loop above the second bend.
Step 6
Make a second, matching loop above the second bend.
Step 7 Thread your chain onto the long end of the wire and slip it into the loop you just created.
Step 7
Thread your chain onto the long end of the wire and slip it into the loop you just created.
Step 8 Again holding the loop with the chain nose or flat nose pliers(being careful not to squish the chain now on the loop.) Wrap the long end of the tail down towards the first set of wraps. Keep wrapping both sides a little at a time, until they meet evenly in the middle.
Step 8
Again holding the loop with the chain nose or flat nose pliers(being careful not to squish the chain now on the loop.) Wrap the long end of the tail down towards the first set of wraps. Keep wrapping both sides a little at a time, until they meet evenly in the middle.
Step 9  Trim both tail ends off close to the coils and tuck them down, to prevent snagging.
Step 9 
Trim both tail ends off close to the coils and tuck them down, to prevent snagging.
Step 10 Wrap the other end of your chain in the same manner and you are ready to finish your piece and ride off into the sunset!
Step 10
Wrap the other end of your chain in the same manner and you are ready to finish your piece and ride off into the sunset!

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