Classes

Chainmaille (also referred to as chain mail or maille) dates back to as far as the Etruscans in the 4th century B.C., although there is some evidence of earlier scale armor. The technique of weaving rings together to form armor spread worldwide, including as far as India and China. The Byzantine Empire then brought chainmaille to Europe, and during the Middle Ages it was commonly used as battle armor. To create chainmaille, wire is wound into coils, the coils are cut into rings, and then each ring is individually opened, woven into a pattern, and then closed.

I am currently teaching chainmaille classes at Art a la Carte, in Bellefonte, PA. If you are interested in private classes, please contact me and Iā€™d be happy to work with you. My classes are suitable for all skill levels. Kits contain all the materials necessary to complete the project, as well as detailed instructions. I will provide pliers to use during class, and also have some available to purchase if you would like to continue working at home. I keep my classes to a maximum of 8 students so each student get get the attention they require. Additional kits can be ordered here.

Upcoming Classes


Class Descriptions

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Byzantine Earrings and/or Parallel Flower Earrings

In this class, you will learn how to open and close jump rings and how to weave them into two different patterns to create earrings. You can choose whether you would like to make one pair of earrings or feel extra motivated to make both pairs. You will be able to choose from the following colors for your chain: blue, green, purple, silver, or copper. No prior experience is necessary.

Class is $48 and the kit fee is $12 per set of earrings.

 
 
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Olympus Chain Bracelet

In this class, you will learn how to open and close jump rings and how to weave them into a pattern called Olympus to create your very own bracelet. You will be able to choose from the following colors for your chain: blue, green, purple, silver, or copper. No prior experience is necessary.

Class is $48 and the kit fee is $18.