From Metal to Textile: Weaving Fused Chains

Course Description

About this course

Explore the ancient Roman art of chain making! The seductive quality of fine silver will be brought to life through the repetitive and meditative process of weaving together fused circular links created using an acetylene torch. With a mix of demonstrations and hands-on studio time, participants can expect to leave class with the knowledge of how to make a beautiful new pair of earrings or a single chain for a bracelet or necklace. Single loop and double loop methods will be covered. No previous soldering skills required. 

Meet the Instructor

Erika Jorjorian

Erika Jorjorian began her foray into jewelry and metalsmithing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia PA, earning a BFA from the crafts department in 2004. Her work draws inspiration from growing up in her dad's industrial metal plating shop, city landscapes, old-school hip-hop culture, and the Art Deco era.


Erika’s work can be found at a number of fine craft shows such as the Berkshire Arts Festival, Lenox, Ma, the Holiday Festival of Crafts, Worcester, MA, and the Art Star Craft Bazaar, Philadelphia, PA. She most recently completed a winter residency at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and teaches beginner to advanced level courses at the Worcester Center for Crafts, and at Snow Farm-the New England Craft School.



Materials & Tools 

There is a $55 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes 15ft of 22g and 20g fine silver wire, a charcoal block for fusing, a steel scribe, and other tools necessary to complete projects. 

Students should bring 
  • sketchbook and pen for taking notes
  • small container with lid to take extra links home in
  • any of their favorite metalsmithing tools that pertain to this class i.e. your own scribe, pliers, or shears, opti-visor recommended for those that have trouble seeing up close! (please note that Metalwerx has plenty of these items for shared use)



Materials Cost



Erika Jorjorian


February 2 -3, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
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