How to De-Link a Chain

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How to De-Link a Chain
Using two pliers will give you the strongest grip on the chain for easy link removal. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

There are a variety of reasons that you might need to take links out of a chain. If a bracelet arrives too large for your wrist or you desire a shorter necklace, you can easily take one or more links out of the chain, providing that the piece of jewellery is a chain-link piece. All you need are some jeweller's tools --- easily found at your local hobby or crafts store --- and your patience to complete this simple project.

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Things you need

  • 2 pairs of jewellery pliers

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  1. 1

    Gather your supplies in a clean work space. You'll probably want to sit at a table for this project. Have both pairs of jewellery pliers and the chain you desire to de-link within arms reach.

  2. 2

    Grasp a pair of pliers in each hand.

  3. 3

    Use one hand's pliers to pick up the chain by the link you wish to remove.

  4. 4

    Find the gap in the link where it can be pulled apart. Position each pair of your pliers on either side of this gap.

  5. 5

    Pull apart the link carefully. One hand should stay steady while the other pulls the link open. Pulling with both pliers can damage the chain and possibly cause injury to yourself.

  6. 6

    Unhook the link from the chain and discard it.

  7. 7

    Repeat this process of removing links until you have reached the desired length of your original chain.

  8. 8

    Grasp the end link with your pliers and repeat the process of pulling open the link. Instead of discarding the link, slip it through the link that will reconnect the chain.

  9. 9

    Push the link closed to complete the joining of the chain, keeping one set of pliers steady and pushing the end of the link closed with the other set of pliers.

Tips and warnings

  • Be patient and gentle. Chain links can vary in size and strength, so be prepared to spend some time getting the feel of the metal.

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