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Chain Maille: Back to Work Weave

This class, the first of 2 related workshops, is designed for chain maille beginners, but more experienced students are also welcome. The class will begin with a presentation covering the basics of chain maille (using tools, handling jump rings, opening/closing techniques, common weaving problems and fixes, chain maille terminology, etc.).  After the presentation, students will learn the Back to Work weave, by Emil Gustafsson, by making a bracelet in sterling silver.

Following this morning workshop is a more advanced "Sunrise Weave" workshop in the afternoon. Register for one or both!

Meet the instructor

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Jewelry designer and author, Karen Karon, has been weaving maille for well over a decade. She teaches chain maille and scale maille classes and workshops at Metalwerx School for Jewelry and Metal Arts, at local venues, and also provides private chain maille/scale maille instruction. In addition, Karen is a certified PMC (Precious Metal Clay) artisan. Karen has written articles for Art Jewelry, Bead Style, Bead&Button and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines and is the author of Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop and Advanced Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop, both published by Interweave.  Her jewelry can be purchased at Loveday in West Concord, MA. 

See Karen’s work on her website (karenkaron.com) or visit her on Facebook and Instagram.

Materials & Tools

There is a $90 materials fee for this workshop payable upon registration. Kit includes sterling silver jump rings needed to make an 8" bracelet, a sterling lobster clasp, and a full color 18 page Karen Karon handout with step by step instructions. 

Please note, the metal market is currently in flux. This will affect the price of silver and the materials kit price listed for this class is subject to change. We will inform you of this in advance of the class. 

Students should bring
  • 2 x smooth jaw pliers are needed - Metalwerx has tools for sharing

  • 1 x optivisors - Metalwerx has for communal use - OPTIONAL

  • 1 x polyester foam bead mat - OPTIONAL


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