This one-day workshop will run Saturday, 1/21/17, 1-4pm.
Making chain by hand is an age-old craft adaptable to endless modern variations. The interlocking ring patterns of chainmaille can be used for everything from delicate jewelry to sculpture to armor, yet the basic tools and materials are simple and portable. Learn the techniques and tricks for creating and finishing high-quality chains while starting two bracelets in the classic Byzantine and European 4-1 weaves, plus learning about some of the countless variations possible. Instruction on selecting the right ring sizes and materials will provide a foundation for planning your own projects. Additional weaves, such as Persian, spiral, or Japanese-style chainmaille, may be covered as time allows.
Students will leave with two started bracelets in basic chainmaille weaves (Byzantine and European 4-1), as well as additional starters in other weaves as time allows, plus handouts of reference material and a resource list.
Students will also leave class with knowledge & experience in the following concepts and skills: basic weaving process, understanding aspect ratio and cutting processes to select ring sizes, pros/cons of various metals, and finishing and tumbling of chainmaille.
No experience required. Students must be at least 18 years old.
For a $30 materials fee payable to the instructor during class, students will be provided with a basic kit including pliers and plenty of rings for two bracelets. Extra pliers, rings, and kits will be available for purchase (usually $4-10).
What to Bring:
Students should bring their $30 materials fee in cash or check payable to the instructor. Students may also bring their own jewelry pliers, plus any clasps, beads, findings, or pie-in-the-sky ideas they might have.
Karen Burke trained in goldsmithing at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, but started years earlier with chainmaille jewelry. Working as a bench jeweler by day, she spends the rest of the time working with metal in as many ways as possible and teaching in the jewelry and casting studios at Artisan's Asylum. She likes old tools, coffee, and answering questions in excessive detail. Check out her work at http://keburkemetal.tumblr.com/.
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