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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

August 2017
Cdn $70.00 +Kit fee: $10, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Chainmaille Owl Charm (2 days)

August 8 @ 1:00 pm - August 9 @ 4:00 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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September 2017
Cdn $55.00 +Kit fee: $5, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Peyote Stitch Arrowhead Pendant

September 10 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: This plump little pendant will get lots of compliments! The 3D shape is made by zipping together flat triangles of peyote stitch and adding some stuffing. An odd-count peyote stitch bail is grafted on so you can hang your pendant. Note: a kit is required for this class; see details below. Once you understand the technique, go crazy designing your own patterns! Skill level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Prerequisite: None Technique: Peyote stitch Bring to class: Beading needle of choice;…

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Cdn $50.00 +Kit fee: $15, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Awesome Scale Maille Necklace

September 21 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: This necklace will unleash your inner Game of Thrones personality! This chainmaille piece with scales is dramatic, yet light and easy to wear and surprisingly quick to make. We will use anodized aluminum jump rings and pre-cut scales in two colours of your choice. Using two colors really helps you understand the construction. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Familiarity with basic chainmaille techniques. You must be comfortable opening and closing jump…

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October 2017
Cdn $35.00 +Kit fee: $10, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

The Sexiest Chain on Earth: Half-Persian 4-in-1 Bracelet

October 6 @ 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: This is a classic - it drapes beautifully and hugs your skin in a way that can only be described as sexy. "HP4" has a reputation for being a difficult weave, but we will be using some strategies that make it easier to learn. We will use anodized aluminum jump rings in two colours of your choice. Using two colors really helps you understand this weave. If you feel ready for it, there will also be kits available…

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Cdn $35.00 +Kit fee: $10, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Japanese Chainmille Fidget Balls

October 19 @ 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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  • You may register by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
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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 18 years or older in order to be able to take any of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

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.