The Chain Gang: Unique Chains and Links

Course Description

About this course

Learn strategies for making unique chains and linkages. A wide range of chain styles will be demonstrated and explained including a variety of fused, cold-connected, woven, and soldered link chains. Attention will also be paid to how participants can incorporate pre-made components into their original chain designs.

Students will become exposed to the rich tradition of classical techniques as well as the practical shortcuts for making work efficiently. Morning demos will take up the first part of class each day and then students will have time to work independently. Pursue ideas and experiment with a variety of samples, or focus on a particular piece (or pieces, depending on their complexity). This workshop is appropriate for beginners as well as advanced students. 

Meet the Instructor

Paulette Werger

Paulette is a metalsmith and teacher from Lebanon, New Hampshire. She works in a variety of materials including high karat gold, platinum, precious stones, sterling silver, and pewter. Her work is exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally through museums and galleries. She has offered workshops on a number of topics, including conquering the fear of gold, pewtersmithing, keum-boo, surface embellishment, and Ashante casting.

Paulette currently serves as a board member for the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, and formerly for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She works at her cooperative studio, Metalpeople East, which supports four metalsmiths with a common use of tools and space.

Materials & Tools 

Paulette will have a selection of wire in fine silver and Argentium silver for sale by the foot. Each student will also receive a fresh solderite pad for fusing and soldering Argentium for a small fee.  Students can choose to purchase what they need for their projects at the class. She will also have a selection of pre-made commercial components from Halstead for students to purchase as needed and incorporate into their designs as well. 

Students should bring 
  • A pair of chain nose pliers
  • Fresh solderite pad for fusing and soldering Argentium
  • (OPTIONAL) A selection of 18, 20, and 22 gauge wire in fine silver, copper, sterling, or Argentium.



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Paulette Werger


March 8 -10, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above
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