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Gillian Clarke

gillian-clarke-picture-300wGillian Clarke discovered her creative side late in life, and is currently making up for lost time.

Her passion is chainmaille, which she taught herself mostly using internet resources. She also loves bead crochet and has recently been dabbling in other techniques.

Gillian sells her work at shows and on Etsy, as Gentle Force Chainmaille.

Upcoming Events

June 2018
Cdn $70.00 +Kit fee: $10, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Chainmaille Owl Charm (2 days)

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - June 2 @ 6:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: Make this super cute little owl charm entirely from jump rings with Gillian Clarke! This is a magical design created by Jodey Hathaway (of Bike Part Jewelry and The Ring Lord), which I am teaching with her permission. We will use anodized aluminum jump rings in your choice of colours. The owl is 1" tall and can be hung on a chain as a pendant, or will stand upright as a little sculpture. There is also a larger…

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Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $15, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Alligator Back Bracelet with Beads

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: This bracelet is a stunner, and not difficult if you have some previous experience with chainmaille. It has a natural channel down the centre which is perfect for adding beads in a contrasting or coordinating colour. We will have lots of colour combos available. Skill level: Beginner Plus/Intermediate Prerequisite: Some chainmaille experience will be beneficial Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: Two pairs of flat nose or chain nose pliers. Classroom tools will be available. Magnification if required. Of…

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Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $15, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

JPL-5 Chainmaille Bracelet

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: This is an interesting intermediate-level chain weave from the Jens Pind Linkage family. It looks complicated but well make it simple! A kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Previous chainmaille experience is needed Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: Magnification if required. Two pairs of flat note or chain nose pliers; classroom tools are available. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the…

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July 2018
Cdn $30.00 +Kit fee: $10, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Easy Slider Chainmaille Pendant

July 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: This classy little pendant looks like an advanced level project - but its not! If you can open and close a handful of jump rings you can easily make this necklace. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Chainmaille and stringing Bring to class: Bring magnification if you need it. If you have your own flat nosed pliers please bring them (2 pairs are required), but tools will also be available in class. Of special note: the class patterns…

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August 2018
Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $10, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Japanese Chainmaille Fidget Balls

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: This intriguing object can be an ornament or a stress-relieving fidget toy. The chainmaille rings capture a glass marble in the centre. If you have taken my Japanese Ball pendant class you may recognize this as a (much) larger variation of the same design. We will use aluminum jump rings in your choice of colors. The kit contains materials to make two balls, and you will complete at least one during the class. Note: a kit is required…

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  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be mature and responsible to work safely to be allowed to take some of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

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  • 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.
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