13 May 2013

Bicycle Chain Bracelet - Sprint to the Finish

Nearly done. Here's a look at the final stretch to finishing this amazing bracelet.

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.

 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.

Grinding off excess material from the rivet faces.
The chain is ready to polish, and after polishing, it is complete and ready to wear!


Jwm29 said...

Excellent work as usual, John. Thanks for sharing.

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