Chain Maille: Sense of Humor Staggered Sheet

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 the Sense of Humor weave (by Stephen Hoffman). Sense of Humor Staggered Sheet weave is silky, slinky, and behaves like fabric. Students will learn how to construct both chain and staggered sheet versions through the construction of a mixed metal (sterling silver/yellow gold-filled/rose gold-filled) bracelet and a pair of sterling silver earrings. Additional instructions for the construction of the parallel sheet version of the weave will be included in the handout and may be demonstrated in class if time permits.

Each kit will contain enough precious metal jump rings to make 1 pair of earrings and a bracelet approximately 8” in length. Each kit will also contain a generous amount of anodized aluminum jump rings in "champagne" and "black ice" colors for weave exploration. Students will also receive a detailed color handout documenting each step of the process so that they can recreate these designs at home.

This class is designed for advanced level chain maille students. It is assumed that all students who enroll are proficient weavers, know the difference between Through-the-Eye and Around-the-Eye connections, and understand gauge, inner/outer diameter, and aspect ratio. Students should be comfortable with complex patterns and working with very small jump rings. Ability to construct Half-Persian 3-in-1 (both left and right-leaning) is very 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 $160 material fee payable upon registration.  It includes sterling silver jump rings to produce a pair of earrings as well as sterling silver and gold filled jump rings for a bracelet approximately 8” in length.  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. Please 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 March 25

Materials Cost



Karen Karon


April 24, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

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