Nearly done. Here's a look at the final stretch to finishing this amazing bracelet.
After the chain is temporarily linked using copper wire, each pin is riveted by hand using a conical punch and a hammer. When the riveting is completed, I use a rubberized abrasive wheel to remove excess material from the tube rivets, as seen below.
The chain is ready to polish, and after polishing, it is complete and ready to wear!
|The assembly process begins. The copper wires temporarily hold everything together until the chain is riveted together.|
|Each outer link plate has its holes chamfered to hold the rivet. I use a tapered reamer.|
|All the plates have been kept in pairs the entire time. Here, a pair of plates is separated to be attached to the chain.|
|Starting to look like a chain.|
|One of the great things about this chain is the clasp mechanism. It allows construction of a chain that is visually seamless.|
|Grinding off excess material from the rivet faces.|