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Title: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: annamc on May 18, 2012, 01:41:23 PM
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cufflink tute 14 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7221063130/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
You will need:
- Two large metal rectangles ? the ones here have been etched and are 2cm x 1.5cm
- Two small rectangles ? the ones here are 2cm x 0.8cm
- four jumprings
- two small lengths of chain ? one length of chain plus the jump rings should be around ? inch in length.
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cufflink tute 01 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220062918/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
File all the edges of the metal rectangles at a 45 degree angle to the flat surface on either side, rounding the corners, then sand to smooth and finish the edge ? it should feel free of burrs all the way around when you run a finger around the edge.  I have used 400 grit wet and dry paper here.
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cufflink tute 02 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220062790/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
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cufflink tute 03 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220062586/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
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cufflink tute 04 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220062390/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
Doming ? this part is optional ? I use a doming block to place a light dome in each rectangle, but if you don?t have one of these, it?s perfectly ok to have flat parts rather than curved.
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cufflink tute 05 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220062230/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
Twist open a jump ring and thread one end link of one of the chains through (note ? when opening jump rings, always open by twisting the ends apart, not pulling them apart). Close the jump ring. 
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cufflink tute 06 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220062008/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
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cufflink tute 07 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220061942/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
Using a pair of tweezers to hold the jump ring opening side down against the back of one of your large metal rectangles.  Make sure that the metal of the jump ring touches the metal of the rectangle, otherwise the parts will not solder together.  Make sure that the chain is pulled away from the soldering area, try resting it on top of the tweezers.
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cufflink tute 08 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220061834/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
Place your solder close to or through the jump ring. (I have used prefluxed copper solder here, but silver solder can also be used with a good flux, or silver solder paste, which is already mixed with the  flux and easy to put in place) 
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cufflink tute 09 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220061676/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
Use a hot torch flame to solder the two parts together.  When soldering, beginners often make the mistake of trying to get the solder to melt by concentrating the flame on the solder ? the most successful method is to heat the largest part of the piece first ? in this case, the large rectangle, until the solder begins to flow, then flick the heat over the smaller piece at the last minute to encourage the flux to flow onto it, creating the join.
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cufflink tute 10 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220061578/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
repeat this step for the remaining three joins ? when soldering the smaller rectangles onto the piece, it?s much easier to dangle the larger piece over the back of the tweezers out of the way, as shown.
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cufflink tute 11 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220061242/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
Pickle the finished pieces in your pickle pot to remove the flux. (Very hot water mixed with alum in a heatproof container will do for this if you don't have a pickle pot) Use a brass bristle brush to burnish the piece, or use whatever polishing equipment you have at your disposal. (I use a tumbler for small items, but dremels, pendant drills or bench polishers can also be used.)
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cufflink tute 13 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/anna_mcdade/7220060838/) by annamcdade (http://www.flickr.com/people/anna_mcdade/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: sarah t on May 18, 2012, 01:51:18 PM
really nice tutorial and thanks for sharring

and i recognise metal workers hands , my dad is a silver smith /jeweller and his are the same colour and texture  ;D

Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: Jolene on May 18, 2012, 01:56:06 PM
Brilliant tutorial Anna, thank you x
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: jille on May 18, 2012, 07:30:10 PM
brilliant tute Anna  ;D
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: Ruthie on May 18, 2012, 08:25:11 PM
Great tutorial thanks for sharing x
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: Ilona on May 18, 2012, 10:11:51 PM
Fantastic, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: Cornish on May 18, 2012, 10:48:22 PM
Brilliant tutorial Anna thanks  :D
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: Ness on May 18, 2012, 11:46:18 PM
That's wonderful, Anna.  Thank you.

That doming block is a bloody sexy bit of kit too!! Corrrrrrr! ;)
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: annamc on May 19, 2012, 08:03:42 AM
Thanks Guys,
Ha, yes, when I first got the cupola and die (the technical term for the swanky doming block!) it just sat on a shelf looking shiny and being admired ;D I do use it quite a lot now though, especially for making findings, it creates a good, subtle curve. :)
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: ♥♥Tan♥♥ on May 19, 2012, 08:12:53 AM
Anna that is a really wonderful tutorial, even a metal numpty like me can follow that and understand it and your pics are beautiful
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: Grimsley on June 26, 2017, 08:46:31 AM
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and i recognise metal workers hands , my dad is a silver smith /jeweller and his are the same colour and texture  ;D

Thanks for the tutorial. Those cufflinks look awesome.
Title: Re: Making a pair of chain link cufflinks tutorial
Post by: awrylemming on June 28, 2017, 10:46:58 PM
I didn't even know this was here!  Great tutorial  ;D