Chain and Scale Maille Spiral Earrings

Course Description

About this course

Chain maille and scale maille have been around for over a thousand years.  These techniques were originally used to create garments worn for protection by ancient warriors in battle. Modern approaches use these classical patterns of cold-connected jump rings for sculpture and jewelry. Learn how to transform some of these classic patterns of connected rings into striking pieces of jewelry.  This workshop focuses on teaching students how to work with jump rings and scales to create two pairs of spiral earrings.  The scale maille earrings will be made of lightweight anodized aluminum.  The chain maille earrings will be made using sterling silver jump rings and gold-filled beads. Students will learn how to weave scale maille in linear formations.  Students will also learn the basic European 4-in-1 weave.  Although these weaves are beginner level weaves, the jump rings, beads and scales we will be using are quite small, and therefore require students to have prior chain maille experience.  Students will receive a color handout documenting each step in the construction of the projects presented.  


Meet the Instructor

Karen Karon

Jewelry designer and author, Karen Karon, has been “connecting jump rings” since 2006. She teaches chain maille classes and workshops here at Metalwerx, at local venues, and also provides private chain maille instruction. In addition, Karen is a certified PMC (Precious Metal Clay) artisan. Karen has written articles for Art Jewelry, Bead Style and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines and is the author of two books on chain maille, Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop and Advanced Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop, both published by Interweave.  Her chain maille jewelry is available at Alchemy 9.2.5, a contemporary jewelry and fine craft gallery in Belmont, MA.  See Karen’s work on her website (, or visit her on Facebook

Materials & Tools 

The materials kit for this workshop is $80 and is payable upon registration. It includes aluminum and sterling silver jump rings, aluminum scales, ear wires as well as gold filled beads to complete 2 pairs of earrings.

Students should bring 
  • 2 Pairs of Pliers with Smooth Jaws - (2 chain nose, 2 flat nose, or one of each – use what you feel most comfortable with. Karen's preference is 2 flat nose pliers.)
  • Optivisor or other form of magnification if necessary
  • Awl, which will be used to slightly stretch the hole of each bead
  • Soft surface (such as an old mouse pad)
  • Bead mat (optional)

Please note that Metalwerx has pliers and optivisors on hand if students do not already have these tools.



Materials Cost



Karen Karon


November 17, 2017


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

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