It's nearly 'New Designers' again, I can't believe a whole year has gone since I did it! Now my friends from a year below me at college are stressing and working hard, and I know how they feel. It will be great to go and see what they have made.
Today I did a few experiments with copper wire for chain making. I was curious as to the ratio between the loop size and the length of chain they made. So so I took six lengths of 20 cm each of copper wire (1mm) , and made 6 different sizes of links (the sizes on my looping pliers).
Here are the results (the links were flattened) :
|Copper chain lengths|
There may well be a chart or even a mathematical way of calculating this, but maths is not my thing.
The nicest proportion of wire diameter to link size is loop no. 3 (the third from the left).
Loop no. 4 is probably the most practical because it uses fewer links.
The longest chain is 6 cm long, but the one I would make (loop 4) is about 5 cm long - so you need to buy 4 times as much wire as you would need chain! Useful if I ever wanted to make a chain in gold...
These are my looping pliers by the way, I call the smallest 'bar'1 and the largest 6.
OK, back to my sea glass now...