Quick tip: how to cut equal chain lengths

how to cut equal chain lengths for jewelry

Hold up the pin and it is easy to see where to cut! Gravity is our friend.

I hate counting. But when it comes to cutting chain for your jewelry designs, sometimes you have to count links. After I’ve exhausted my attention span by counting out a section (look, sparkly crystal hearts!!!), I string it onto a head pin and snip a bunch more. This is the easiest way I’ve found to speed up the task. Do you have a better way? I’d love to hear it! ~ Cindy

 

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6 Responses to “Quick tip: how to cut equal chain lengths”

  1. That sounds like a great tip. I’m going to have to give it a shot next time I’m playing with chain.

  2. Carolyn Good says:

    I just discovered this on my own the other day when I was making a bunch of dangle type earrings. The only thing extra I do is I thread both ends of the chain on at a time and cut so it goes even faster (two at once) – Anything to speed up the process helps! lol!

  3. Russ Nobbs says:

    When we made lots of filigree and chain dangles (the last time they were so popular) I held a piece of wire or a long head pin in a “third hand” tool so I had both hands free.
    I never got around to making a jig with wire or head pin glued to a board held in a small vice or in a “book end” type of holder.

    However you finesse this idea, it will make cutting even chain segments much easier.

    Carolyn’s idea of using both ends of long piece and making 2 cuts at a time would speed it up even more.

  4. Oh, why didn’t I think of that…. how simple! This will certainly make cutting equal lengths of chain a breeze from now on. Thanks!

  5. It is pretty basic, but amazing how quickly you can cut equal lengths of chain using this method! why didn’t I think of that…. how simple! This will certainly make cutting equal lengths of chain a breeze from now on. In changing sprocket size, you will also need to adjust the length of your chain. The easiest way to do this is to purchase a stock length so you can cut the motorcycle chain to fit your new sprockets. Thanks!

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