This chain is also known as the “money chain.” I found it in Indian Jewelry Making Volume I by Oscar T. Banson. According to this book, this chain was used in place of money because it was easy to remove links from the chain. Made of silver or gold, this chain was also used to decorate the clothing of the Spanish. Though each ring is soldered, they are bent around each other, not soldered together.

To make this chain, you will need the following:

*18-gauge wire
Rectangular mandrel (approx. 7/8 inch wide)
Wire cutters
Round-nosed pliers
Jeweler’s file
Jewelry saw
Solder setup

*The amount of wire will depend on how long you plan to make the chain.

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