Chain Gang

Got a sweet little message yesterday from a regular blog reader who asked if i could write a post about the chain i use in my work and where i find them. so happy to oblige!

there are a few favorite places that I like to buy chain. it's true, you don't always know what your going to get, chain wise. either the color might be off, or the sizing looks different in person.  after several years, i have tried out some places, and by trial and error, have found a handful of spots i continually purchase from.

I love  They have really cool chain and great prices. What you see is what you get. They generally have gunmetal, brass, silver, and copper in stock, with several options of shapes and sizes for each.

I also love the chain at Primitive Earth Beads & Chain. I found this vendor at Bead Fest a few years ago and I always like to stop by their booth when I see them. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable and they have a great website too! We are in talks actually of having a book signing at their booth this August at Bead fest because they have really great cording and leather too!

I buy the majority of my chain at these two places but when I need my staple, antiqued brass, I always go to Vintaj for wholesale chain. I have tried every shape and size and have never been disappointed. It's always wonderful, strong, and holds its dark brown color.

There are many vendors on Etsy that sell vintage chains, but some are better than others. I like an etsy seller that ships quickly, and has great communication. There is nothing worse that buying a boatload of chain or something from an Etsy seller and then get no communication that they even got your order, much less tell you when it shipped. I like these things in a seller.
A great seller that i have great luck with is OnePieceataTime.

Hoping this helps, Happy Chain Shopping!

Be sure to check out Nancy's shop update today at Noon est.!


  1. Hi Lorelei, I have been reading your blog for some time now & I think you are a great blogger. I just wanted you to know that I finished Bohemian Inspired Jewelry last night. I would give you new book 5 stars!!! Thanx

  2. Thanks so much Lorelei for posting this. It's hard to purchase chain when you are new to jewelry making when you can't see it. Now I can buy some with confidence that it is a quality product.

  3. Great article. Thank you for sharing about chain. I also love Lime Beads. I will have to check out the other places you mentioned.

  4. Thanks Lorelei!


  5. Great Blog today! I too hate it when you pay on June 1st, don't hear a word then you contact her to find out where your package is and she writes that she has been so busy...They shipped it a week or two later. Not acceptable. I will also give my repeat business to a vendor who ships when she receives the payment.Great Tip!

  6. Cool info =)
    Thanks Lorelei...

  7. One Piece at a Time always has the most amazing selection of vintage (and interesting) chain. LOVE them!

  8. I have become a fan of Chain Gallery, especially the "steampunk" ladder chain, and the ball tip connectors for ball chain. I also find that Lima's antiqued copper chain has the best finish--their antiqued copper rolo chain is the best by far in my opinion! I also like their antique-silver plated rolo chain. I believe those are plated steel so they're very very sturdy chains, very durable finish.

  9. Thank you for sharing Lorelei, a few places that I haven't checked out and will have to shop by and see! Have a wonderful Friday. I am anxiously awaiting by book arrival I can't wait to see all of the beautiful designs.

  10. Thank you so much for sharing your chain resources! I had never heard of a couple of them I will definitely be checking them out. Hope all is going great for you!

  11. Great post! I, too, love Lima, especially their cross-referencing of the same chain in different finishes (if I click on one it lets me know if it is available in others). Plus their intuitive website is so helpful for non-techies like me!

  12. It's very generous of you to share you chain sources--thanks so much! It really is hit-or-miss with purchasing chain online and this info is very helpful. I will be checking out the sites. Thanks again, Lorelei.

  13. You are so generous, Lorelei! Most designers guard their bead sources. I list my bead sources too because of your great example. Makes me feel good to think I could help send customers to my fav's shops.
    OMG! Just checked out One Piece at a Time!!! I soo LOVE using vintage chain in my jewelry.
    Another great shop to add to my favs. Oh, my poor bead budget :)

  14. Great shops !!!! Thank you so very much for sharing these with us !!! You are so generous indeed !!! :o)


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