Pencil Weave Chain Maille Jewelry

Course Description

About this course

In this chain maille course, students will learn the Pencil Weave. This weave produces a dense, rope-like chain. Students will work on a necklace and bracelet set while learning how to weave even-count Pencil Weave, odd-count Pencil Weave, and continuous Pencil weave. Students will receive a detailed color handout documenting each step of the process so that they can recreate these designs at home.

The class kit will include clasp, mandrels, and enough jump rings to make an 18” necklace and a 10” bangle bracelet in either sterling silver or anodized aluminum.

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.

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 $50 materials fee for this course payable upon registration. The materials kit includes all the necessary jump rings, toggle clasps, and mandrels needed to complete a necklace and bracelet pairing in economical anodized aluminum. Materials kit fee also covers a robust full color handout. 

If you prefer to work sterling silver, the materials have been estimated at around $260. Please call our office (781-891-3854) during our business hours if you would prefer to purchase your own materials in place of the provided kit. We will reimburse you the course materials kit fee and a full materials list will be sent to you for the sterling silver option. 

Students should bring 
  • 2 x pliers - smooth jaw (flat nose suggested)
  • 4 x twist ties
  • masking or Painters Tape
  • optivisor
  • bead mat



Materials Cost



Karen Karon


November 5, 2021


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Intermediate and above
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