Chain Maille: Kaede Weave Bracelets

Course Description

About this course

Chain maille is an ancient art form originally used to create garments that are worn for protection by warriors from Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia. Modern approaches use these classical patterns of cold-connected jump rings for sculpture and jewelry. For these non-traditional applications, hundreds of new patterns have been invented. Our chain maille classes and workshops teach students how to transform some of these classic patterns of connected rings into striking pieces of jewelry.

This workshop teaches two types of uncommon and beautiful chain weaves through the construction of bracelets in 18g sterling silver – Forars Kaede by Thexnihil and Hawkskaede by Hawkwolf, which is a Forars Kaede variant. 

Each kit will contain enough supplies to make two sterling silver bracelets approximately 8 inches in length. The kit will also contain some 18g bright aluminum jump rings to practice skills. In addition, students will receive a detailed color handout documenting each step of the process so that they can recreate these designs at home.

It is assumed that all students who enroll are proficient weavers, know the difference between Through-the-Eye and Around-the-Eye connections, understand gauge, inner/outer diameter, and aspect ratio. Knowledge of Half Persian 3-in-1 and 4-in-1 is helpful but not required.

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 

There is a $90 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes the necessary sterling silver jump rings to make two bracelets in 18g. The kit also contains appropriate findings and aluminum jump rings to practice skills before working in silver. In addition, students will receive an extensive color handout documenting each step of the process so that they can recreate these designs at home.  

Students should bring 

Metalwerx has pliers and optivisors available for use during class, but we request that students who already have them bring them to class.

  • 2 pairs of pliers with smooth jaws. NOTE: the instructors feels that flat nose pliers are best suited for chain maille, but students can use what they are most comfortable with.
  • optivisors (if needed)
  • bead mat (optional)


$155.00 $147.25
5% discount until June 27

Materials Cost



Karen Karon


July 27, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Intermediate and above
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