Pencil Weave Chain Maille Jewelry

Course Description

About this course

In this virtual workshop, students will learn the Pencil Weave. This weave results in a dense, rope-like chain.  Students will work on a necklace and bangle-style bracelet set while learning the following techniques: even-count Pencil Weave, odd-count Pencil Weave and continuous Pencil Weave. 

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.

For more information about virtual courses, visit our Virtual Course FAQ page. 

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

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 (karenkaron.com), or visit her on Facebook

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 (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find 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 strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal (note there are two options for metal - sterling silver or aluminum):

I – Sterling Silver

PROJECT

ITEM

QTY

SOURCE

Necklace

Jump Rings, Sterling Silver, Round Wire, 18g, 6.0mm id (5.88 ar)

*30 jump rings per inch of chain

540*

Urban Maille

Necklace

Jump Rings, Sterling Silver, Round Wire, 18g, 3.5mm id (3.43 ar)

4

Urban Maille

Necklace

Toggle Clasp, 14mm Sterling Silver Ball-End

1

Rio Grande

Bracelet

Jump Rings, Sterling Silver, Round Wire, 20g, 4.75mm id (5.86 ar)

**38 jump rings per inch of chain

380**

Urban Maille

II – Anodized Aluminum (2 color spiral design – students can substitute 2 colors of their choice)

PROJECT

ITEM

QTY

SOURCE

Necklace

Jump Rings, Anodized Aluminum, 18swg, 9/32" id, Color 1- Black Ice

300

Metal Designz

Necklace

Jump Rings, Anodized Aluminum, 18swg, 9/32" id, Color 2- Champagne

200

Metal Designz

Necklace

Jump Rings, Anodized Aluminum, 18swg, 5/32" id, Color 2- Champagne

3

Metal Designz

Necklace

Toggle Clasp, 18mm, Antique Pewter

1

Art Beads

Bracelet

Jump Rings, Anodized Aluminum, 20awg, 3/16" id, Color1- Black Ice

250

Metal Designz

Bracelet   

Jump Rings, Anodized Aluminum, 20awg, 3/16" id, Color2- Bronze

200

Metal Designz

Hand tools:

  • 2 x flat nose pliers (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x steel jump ring mandrel - 4.0mm or 4.5mm (Otto Frei)*
  • 1 x steel jump ring mandrel - 3.0mm (Otto Frei)*
  • 1 x vision magnification if needed - optional (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x bead mat - optional (Fire Mountain Gems)
  • 1 x painters or masking tape
  • 4 x twist ties

*Any rod-shaped item (dowel, knitting needle, pen, drinking straw, etc.) of the correct diameter will do.

Students may email Karen at [email protected] if they have specific ordering questions.

Tuition

$150.00

Instructor

Karen Karon

Dates

March 29 -31, 2022

Time

10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Length

2 days

Level 
Intermediate and above

No Class Dates

March 30

Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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