The truth of the matter is that I am not very fond of flame. Hence the appeal of cold connected jewellery. I have made chains and links before by riveting wire but decided I should have a go at a soldered link chain (wtf for?). Of course there is only electrical copper wire here just now so I stripped some of that, coiled it, sawed it so the ends were neat and then the fun began. My soldering experience is very limited - like really limited and it took ages. I fluxed and I placed neat little pallions of silver on the join. More often than not I managed to blow them out of position with my torch - despite heating the rings from the back like the book said ... I have ended up with exactly 19cms of chain - and it only took ONE HOUR and FORTY-FIVE EFFING MINUTES!!!
It is not even that good for Heaven's sake! I vow to persevere though as I feel the gauntlet has been thrown down and I will make that metal behave the way I want it to!