Rhino Weaves Part 1: Barrel Bracelet
The morning session is designed for beginning chain maille weavers and serves as an introduction chain maille as well as an introduction to the Rhino family of chain maille weaves. 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 presentation, students will learn how to construct Barrel Weave by completing a bracelet in sterling silver. Other weaves discussed in this session will be Rhinos Snorting Drano (RSD) and Keg of Makers Mark. Each of the 3 weaves is based on a simple 1-2-1-2 chain. Although this is a beginner level class, more experienced weavers might also enjoy this class and are welcome to enroll.
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.
There is a $75 materials fee for this workshop payable upon registration. Kit includes 165 sterling silver jump rings in 18g, lobster claw, and a full color Karen Karon handout with step by step instructions.
2 x personal flat nose pliers - smooth jaw (Metalwerx has some)
polyester foam bead mat - optional (Fire Mountain)