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Q.
I am making earrings with different length chain and beads. Is there an easy way to measure the length of chain? The chain I was using was a fine chain so it was hard to use a ruler. I did it by eye which was real time consuming and not easy to cut. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.
- Debbie
A.
My fave way is to cut the first length. String the end link onto a headpin. String the end link of the chain spool onto the same headpin then hold up the headpin so the 2 chain lengths dangle down. You can clearly see where to cut the second length of chain without counting each link or measuring. Repeat this method keeping your first length of chain on the headpin for measuring.

- Kristal Wick, Designer, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Swarovski Ambassador

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