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Intricate Chains 2.0

If you’ve taken some of Mathieu’s chain or wire working classes previously, get ready for more, more, more! In this demo-focused virtual class students will discover the intricacies of making a few different chain styles including single and double Thaï, half Persian, and more.

Participants will learn how to make some of the tools that will allow them to form and construct these intricate chain designs, that would otherwise be very difficult to make! Students will additionally learn tricks to solder the links. After putting the chains together, we will learn several different finishing processes.

Meet the instructor

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Matthieu moved from Paris to New-Mexico when he was 19, where for seven years he studied Navajo, Hopi and Zuni jewelry techniques. He was immediately drawn to stamping, making concho belts and bracelets. He then moved to Mali, West-Africa and worked for a few years with the Fulani, Tuareg and Bambara jewelers. 

In 1999, Matthieu settled in Montreal Canada and continued his studies by going to a jewelry school and learning a more classical part of the trade. Over the years, Matthieu has returned to Africa regularly.

In 2014, Tim McCreight and Mattheiu Cheminee created the Toolbox Initiative, a non-profit organization that helps jewelers in West Africa through the gifts of donated tools.

“I have been stamping and making stamps since the beginning and have developed a form of stamping design by creating patterns that fill the entire piece of metal. This is called “tessellation”.

Matthieu has written two books,  “Legacy, jewelry techniques of West Africa“  and “The Art of Stamping”, both published at Brynmorgen Press.

Visit Matthieu's website or instagram page for more info on his work.

Materials & Tools

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name to be redirected to a page where you can view the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is not required - observers are welcome.


Metal/raw materials:

  • 18ft x fine silver wire - 20g dead soft (Rio Grande)

  • 20ft x fine silver wire - 18g dead soft (Rio Grande)

  • 20ft x sterling silver wire - 18g dead soft (Rio Grande)

  • 12ft x fine silver wire - 18g dead soft (Rio Grande)

  • 12ft x fine silver wire - 16g dead soft (Rio Grande)


Hand tools:


Torch setup:


Other/miscellaneous materials:

  • hard work surface

  • fan and open window or ventilation system

  • safety glasses

  • pencil, Sharpie, notebook

  • rags/towels


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