Single Loop-in-Loop Chains


The simplest form of the loop-in-loop chain is the single loop-in-loop, shown below. A link, previously formed into a dumbbell shape, is passed through the ends of the previous link.



The next type is a two-way single loop-in-loop chain. In this chain, we begin with two formed links laying across each other in the shape of an X. As links are placed, the chain rotates 90 degrees, alternating sides into which the new links are placed. Do you notice the increase in complexity of the weave from the one above? There are essentially two single loop-and-loop chains combined together. Each link is still just going through one previous link, though. The needle in the photo shows the path of the next link.


What follows is the… can you guess? It’s the three-way single loop in loop! The chain is begun with three links crossing one another, and each link fits into a single link before it. Whereas the two previous weaves produce a square chain, the three-way chain produces a beautiful round chain.


There is an additional weave that I make that technically fits into this category, called multiple woven single loop-in-loop mesh. This chain is begun with multiple links lined up side by side, soldered together, and then formed into a U-shape. A longer link runs through each row, essentially creating a two-way single loop-in-loop chain.


Once a chain is constructed, it is annealed with the torch, bringing the piece to a temperature where it begins to glow red. This process makes the metal more malleable so that the chain can be either tamped with a mallet or pulled through a drawplate, both which improve the uniformity of the chain.

My next blog post will cover double loop-in-loop chains.

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