Thursday, December 17, 2009

Bling for Ties - How to Make a Tie Chain Tutorial

I've written a post before about how to make cuff links for men. Alas, few men these days wear shirts which require the use of cuff links. But there is one formal attire men still wear - ties!! So if you have a man or men on your gift list, you got to try this tutorial to make a tie chain. It's not only decorative but functional as it keeps the tie in place especially at meal times!

The tutorial is from the Wigjig site which is an excellent source of all sorts of wire projects. I don't have their jig but I do have the metal variety which I dare say many of you have.

I used 20G wire not 18G as they suggest. 20G is easier to manipulate and the size suited the fine chain I had. I found it best not to have all the pegs in place when first starting. Begin with the first two.

See that big peg? Make sure it is down at all times! If you don't, the wire might slip under it rather than around it. When the wire has negotiated around the big peg, start adding the remaining pegs as you continue to feed the wire around each peg.

This is the part where you might forget to keep that big peg down. Also ensure all the wire is flat against the jig.

I used jeweler's bronze for the above pictures because it was a better contrast against the metal jig. Here is what the finished project looks like in sterling silver with a double wire wrapped 8 mm hematite bead as the decoration.  I used half-hard wire and hammered it lightly with my plastic hammer to work harden it a little.

The tie chain has to be be slipped over the tie before it is knotted and worn. It won't fall out - it stops at the widest part of the tie. Then place the widest part of the jigged section you just made over the nearest button and slip it down to the narrow part.

Make sure you close the outer loops well. Otherwise the chain will slip. I think I will do extra wire wrapping next time.

If you don't have a jig or struggle with using one, try customizing a tie clip instead. The folks over at the cuff link store have this ready made tie clip for $15 each which you can wire wrap, solder or even glue whatever you want.

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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
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8 comments :

Azure Islands Designs said...

What a great tutorial Pearl...thanks for sharing...In three years I've only had one person ask me about cuff links...I went searching found tutorials and never saw her again so acutally didn't make any!!! :0)

At least now I can say yes I can make cuff links and a tie chain thanks to you. :0)
Cheers

GemmaBeads said...

I love this tutorial. I've picked up vintage tie chains and other tie accessories at Estate sales just for the parts but this is a super way to make something "shiny and new". I know a lot of men on my gift list that will be getting a new tie chain in the near future!!

Emi said...

Indeed, thanks for sharing, Pearl!
Considering the number of ties my sister and I bought for my dad in our youth, I know he could use one of these!

To help keep the pegs down, I found that a small rubber band worked well when wrapped multiple times around the bottom (under the board) of the peg. My board actually came with little pieces of clear plastic tube to hold the pegs in place which is a big help.

Thanks again,

The Beading Gem said...

Emi, that is a brilliant suggestion. Thanks for sharing. I rushed to check out my jig and sure enough, I could put rubber bands if I wish. Better yet, I am going to get some plastic tubing to fit the pegs.

BetteJo said...

Very cool Pearl!

For The Love of Beads said...

=) Always nice to think of something smart hehe

Emi

Doris Price said...

Thank you again Pearl for the great Tutorial. Always love the simple instructions that is always appreciated by everyone. I'm going to tru and make one for a dear friend of ours and if I DO accomplish it will send you a pic.

Pearl Blay said...

I'm sure you will, Doris! Look forward to seeing what you make.

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