Sometimes, jewellery instructions call for you to cut a length of chain. It's a simple thing to do: all you need is a pair of wire/side/flush cutters to cut through the link. If you're working with a soldered chain like this one, cutting them is the only way you can separate the chain links. But if it's not a soldered chain, then you don't have to CUT the chain.  You can often separate the chain by opening and closing the links, much in the same way you would a jump ring. This is especially useful when your design includes a fancy chain like this crystal channel chain. Crystal channel chain with oval jump rings connecting the crystals Or if you have a fancy chain with a repeating pattern like this one, and you need to keep every link so the pattern is preserved. Fancy chain with repeating pattern Although the links in the pattern set of this fancy chain are soldered, the sets are connected together with oval jump rings that can be   opened , so whole...