Foxtail and/or Fire Wyrm Jewellery

Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for something different this month—something that she believe will have more longterm value for students than just making a bracelet from one of her kits. Marilyn's mantra will be Learn, Design, Apply, and Share.

Prior to class, students will be e-mailed some basic information about the resoures and tools used to make chainmail jewellery.

In this all-day class:

1. You’ll use some test rings and  instructions to learn a new weave.
2. You’ll plan a project that uses this new pattern. (We’ll all help each other with this.)
3. You’ll choose the rings you want to use (from Marilyn), and findings (from BeadFX), and start to work on your project.
4. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share your work following the class—via a private FaceBook group.

This month’s patterns are the Foxtail weave (also known as Full Persian 6 in 1) and the Fire Wyrm weave. You will have the option to learn one or both. Yes, Marilyn will also have bracelet kits available for those who don’t think they can design. But, know that Marilyn will try her best to get you to see yourself as capable of designing jewllery. Please indicate your preference at the time of registration.

Foxtail: Very sophisticated! The chain is round and very flexible. You can choose to make it with or without the focal art glass beads. The bead in the Argentium sterling bracelet is by artist Kirsty Naray, and the one in the copper bracelet is by Ms Mussy, both from the Toronto area. Bothfocal beads are enhanced with metal beads and wire wrapped.

Fire Wyrm: I love wearing this bangle-like bracelet, and it attracts love and admiration wherever it travels. It is a variation of the Full Persian weave, and is named after a mythical creature connected to battles, dragons and fire.

Skill level/Prerequisites:

  • Foxtail: Beginner Plus; requires completion of a couple of previous chainmaille projects
  • Fire Wyrm: Advanced; requires completion of several projects of increasing difficulty

Technique: Chainmaille

Bring to class: Eyeglasses or magnifiers for close-up work. Tools designed for chainmail will be provided for class use but you may bring your personal tools. As this is a full day class, please bring a lunch; coffee and cold drinks will be available.

Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class:

  • $14 for each pattern and test rings. (Plus HST)
  • Jump rings in different metals/sizes for the two weaves will be available for purchase by the ounce, half-ounce, or quarter ounce.

Complete Foxtail Bracelet Kit, No Bead

  • $39 + HST for Silver Filled
  • $30 + HST for Jeweller’s Bronze

Complete Foxtail Bracelet Kit, With Bead

  • $91 + HST for Argentium Sterling kit
  • $35 + HST for Copper kit

Complete Fire Wyrm Bracelet Kit

  • $66 + HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit
  • $47 + HST for Jeweller’s Bronze & Silver Filled Bracelet kit
  • $42 + HST for Black Enamelled Copper & Silver Filled Bracelet kit

Class cancellation policy: If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee. We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.

Price: 60.00 +HST
Kit Fee: 14.00 Includes: $14 for each pattern and test rings. (Plus HST); Jump rings in different metals/sizes for the two weaves will be available for purchase by the ounce, half-ounce, or quarter ounce. See above for prices of complete kits in each of the weaves.
Duration: approximately 7 hours

Students are eligible for our 15% student discount card!
Get yours when you check-in for your class at the front desk!

To register for this session, please call 416-751-1911 or toll-free 1-877-473-2323 now, because many of our sessions fill up quickly! We limit class sizes so you can get the best value.
Only 8 seats total for this class!
About Marilyn Gardiner

Based in Waterloo, Marilyn teaches classes and sells her chain mail and beading kits both online and at bead shows across Canada and in the U.S. In 2007 Marilyn was selected as the “Artist in Residence: Beadwork” at the Joseph Schneider Haus in Kitchener, ON and in 2011 she was invited to include pieces in an international beadwork exhibit at the JOGS Gem and Jewelry Show in Tucson AZ. In 2012 she was invited to teach six classes at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee WI, the largest consumer bead show in the world. The fall 2012 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread had a four-page Artist Profile featuring photos of her beadwork and chain mail jewellery. You can find out more at


This class is scheduled for: