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Double Spiral Rope Chain

Spiral chains are jewelry classics. When constructing a basic Spiral chain from standard round jump rings, the chain is unstable, tending to unwind. Double Spiral and Inverted Spiral are both stable Spiral weaves. Double Spiral (aka Rope Chain) is simple enough for a beginner to construct.

This morning session is designed for beginning and experienced weavers alike. 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 fundamentals, students will learn the classic Double Spiral (Rope Chain) weave by completing a bracelet in sterling silver. Students will also learn to weave it in mirror image – an essential skill for making earrings.

Following this morning workshop is a more advanced Inverted Spiral Chain 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 12 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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