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    Default Foxtail Chain Loop Size

    Hello everyone

    I'm quite new to all this and recently made a foxtail chain. When it came to making the individual loops I just estimated the wire gauge and the circumference. Is there a way to correctly calculate these measurements or a chart that has suitable sizes on? I guess this question applies to every type of chain. If anyone has any advice I would much appreciate it.

    Thanks

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    No, people are frequently in search of formulas, or recipes, but the way forward is to make a group of 3 or 5 links in copper, and see what you get.
    Dennis.

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    Or look out for the wonderful "Classical Loop in Loop Chains" for a book which goes far beyond just the making of the chains.

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    Thanks for your reply. I did see that book mentioned before but does it include size guides or some sort of chart?

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    My favourite past time is chain making, this is an amazing website and very in-depth … I use it a lot … https://www.mailleartisans.org
    Although loop and loop style is a little different for A.R I would recommend practice practice practice before committing yourself to something serious.
    I get thick copper wire from a scrapyard and draw it down to any size I want. Only then if I can make it with copper and it looks and feels good
    I allow myself to commit to my precious silver….Nick

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