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PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:49 pm 
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Hi Folks,

I have a chandelier to put up and I need to shorten the chain. I have tried to use pliers with tape and a cloth over the teeth but it still marks the chain link. I looked on the internet and people suggest using two screwdrivers in opposite directions which has worked a treat but closing them is something else as you can see from the attached photos. Any idea how I can close the link without any damage to the links.

Many thanks in advance.

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What about a couple of small bits of wood with slots cut in the ends?
Just engage the slots on the links and twist / push them together.


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Personally, I would use my carpenters' vice on my workbench. It is lined with softwood jaws, which I replace regularly out of offcuts, and easily controllable by the handle. If I was to be really pedantic I could put an old leather belt across the jaws, stapling it on the ends.

Anything metal to metal will mark the chain.


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It's a bit late now, but you would have been better served treating them like a jewellery *jump ring*.

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to- ... ump-rings/

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Thanks for the advice, and jump rings. Will be trying tomorrow so will feed back.


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