Chains with the highest tensile strength are formed of interlocking links that do not have a bending point and will not break when twisted or folded. Cable, curb, mariner, Figaro, and rope are just a few of the most powerful chain designs, especially when thick. They are best used for heavy-duty applications where stretching of the chain is not an issue.
Thin chains are easy to fold or twist and will break if they are subjected to too much stress. These chains are used in bicycle chains, roller chains, and belt loops. They can be made into anything from a simple circle to more intricate shapes such as hearts, stars, and moons.
There are several methods used to create a chain. The simplest way is to start with a ring and attach one link at a time. This method works well for making small chains that will not be stretched too far. For larger chains you can use welding equipment to join the links together instead. The final step is to cut the excess chain away from the completed item.
In today's market there are three main manufacturers of chain products: KMC, Wuhu, and Ideal. All produce high quality items at competitive prices.
The strongest chains, among those described above, are those composed of links, such as cable, figaro, and anchor. These are the most powerful for the reasons listed below: Individual links are soldered. They can be thicker (and hence more robust) while retaining the flexibility of a rope chain. The thickness of the solder used to connect the links is also important; if it is too thick, then the chain will be heavy and stiff to wear.
The strength of any chain depends on the strength of its links. If one link breaks, the chain will fail even if another link remains intact. Stronger links make stronger chains. That's why metal chains are always formed of multiple links connected together.
Cable chains are very strong because each link is made up of two pieces that can move relative to each other: One piece connects the link to the next link in the chain, while the other piece connects the link to the previous link. This allows the chain to bend without breaking the connection between links.
Anchor chains are very strong because each link is attached to the ring by a hole called a "gudgeon" which acts as a fulcrum. This means that if some of the links break, others remain capable of supporting the weight of the item being worn with out breaking.
The wheat chain is the strongest of the chain designs discussed above because it is constructed of four strands of interconnecting oval links that are interlaced and twisted in a single direction. The wheat chain has a smooth texture and closely matches the design of a rope chain. It is commonly used to attach charms, pearls, and other small items to jewelry.
Other common chain styles include: ring chain, double ring chain, mother-of-pearl chain, and leather cuff chain.
The strength of any chain depends on how many links it contains. A chain with more links is stronger than one with fewer links. However, there is a limit to how many links you can use before the chain becomes too heavy for most necklines. Necklace chains range from as few as 10 links to as many as 100 or more.
People usually choose chain styles based on what look best with their jewelry designs. For example, if you want to wear your jewelry out at the beach, choose a chain that is not made of metal. Otherwise, you might hurt someone with your dangling pieces!
The type of material used to make the chain also affects its strength. If you plan to wear your jewelry every day and want it to last long, choose a chain that is not made of plastic. Plastic chains are easier to damage and break down over time compared to metal chains.