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, as well as classes in some other techniques, at Art a la Carte, in Bellefonte, PA. If you are interested in private classes, please contact me and I’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 tools 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 the attention they require. I am happy to work with my students to provide additional kits or help them get the necessary tools and supplies they need to continue their newly found jewelry passion!

Upcoming Classes

  • Open Studio (choose your project or bring your own), October 24, 2019, Art a la Carte, 6 - 8:00 pm

  • Make Your Own Findings!, November 14, 2019, Art a la Carte, 6 - 8:00 pm

  • Open Studio (choose your project or bring your own), December 5, 2019, Art a la Carte, 6 - 8:00 pm


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 project: blue, purple, silver, or copper. No prior experience is necessary.

Class is $48 and the kit fee is $15 per set of earrings and includes sterling silver earwires. If you would like to work in sterling silver, the kit fee is $25.

 
 
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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, purple, silver, or copper. No prior experience is necessary.

Class is $48 and the kit fee is $20. If you prefer to work in sterling silver, the kit fee is $38.

 
 
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Celtic Star Pendant

In this class, you will learn how to open and close jump rings and how to weave them into a pattern called Celtic Star to create your very own pendant. You will be able to choose from the following colors for your chain: blue, purple, silver, or copper. The kit does not come with a chain, but I will have sterling silver chains available for purchase. No prior experience is necessary.

Class is $48 and the kit fee is $15. If you prefer to work in sterling silver, the kit fee is $25.

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Chainmaille Diamond Earrings

In this class, you will learn how to open and close jump rings and how to weave them into a very traditional pattern called European 4-in-1 to create your very own earrings. You will be able to choose from the following colors for your chain: blue, purple, silver, or copper. No prior experience is necessary.

Class is $48 and the kit fee is $15 and includes sterling silver earwires. If you prefer to work in sterling silver, the kit fee is $25.

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Viking Knit Bracelet

Enjoy making this Viking Knit bracelet, a versatile technique where wire is woven into a chain. You will learn to make a basic Viking knit chain, how to pull the weave through a drawplate, and how to finish the ends, adding endcaps and a clasp.

Lots of colors will be available for you to work with, whether you want a single color or multiple colors!

Class is $48 and the kit fee is $18. If you prefer to work in sterling silver, the kit fee is $30

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Shaggy Loops Pendant and Earrings

In this class, you will learn how to open and close jump rings and how to weave them into a pattern called Shaggy Loops to create your very own earring and pendant set. You will be able to choose from the following colors for your chain: blue, purple, silver, or copper. The kit does not come with a chain, but I will have sterling silver chains available for purchase. No prior experience is necessary.

Class is $48 and the kit fee is $18 and includes sterling silver earwires. If you prefer to work in sterling silver, the kit fee is $35.

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Make your Own Findings!

Learn how to make your own earwires and clasps! During this class, you will learn some basic wireworking skills and will learn two different types of earwires and hook clasps. We will begin by practicing on copper, and you will be able to make findings in sterling silver by the end of the class. No prior experience is necessary.

Class is $48, materials fee is $12 (includes sterling silver).

Jewelry Making Open Studio

The holidays are quickly approaching and there is nothing better than giving a handmade gift! These open studio sessions are designed for you to walk away with a completed project of your choice. Although geared toward repeat students who have some experience, beginning students are always welcome. You can also bring your own project to work if you are in need of some guidance! Classes are limited to 6 students.

Class is $48, materials fee varies.