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Gillian Clarke

gillian-clarke-picture-300wGillian retired early from an unsatisfying corporate job and is now exercising her creative side and dying her hair odd colours. She is a self-taught chainmailler who loves to share her obsession.


Upcoming Events

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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September 2018
Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $15, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

JPL Three Metals Chainmaille Bracelet

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: JPL or Jens Pind Linkage is one of the fundamental chainmaille weaves. Its structure is a three-sided spiral, so using three different metals (or three colours) is a great design choice. Students can choose to make this project in Copper, Brass and Stainless Steel or in three colours of Anodized Aluminum. A kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Plus Prerequisite: Basic chainmaille skills. We will be using 16g rings so some hand strength will be…

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

Chainmaille with Scales: Bracelet and Earrings

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: Instructor Gillian Clarke with show how chainmaille becomes dramatic when you add metal scales! This narrow scaled bracelet may look a little spiky, but it is actually easy to wear and quite soft and stroke-able. Its also very easy to make even for complete beginners and works up quickly enough that you should be able to complete two bracelets in class. You will also make matching earrings! If you are ready for a bit more of a challenge,…

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October 2018
Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $20, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Maillestrom Chainmaille Pendant / Keychain / Earrings

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: The Maillestrom is a fantastic design by Karen Snyder that can be used as a pendant, keychain or purse charm. The swirling centre looks like a whirlpool - hence the name - and I guarantee people will ask you how DID you do that? A kit is required; see details below. Because this is a proprietary design, the student kit fee will include a paid tutorial from Karen's website https://osebastian.selz.com/ Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate Prerequisite: It is helpful to…

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

Japanese Chainmaille Ball Charm

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gillian Clarke

Course outline: This intricate and decorative little ball is about 3/4" across and makes a great pendant or focal bead. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Basic chainmaille skills are helpful. We will be using lots of very small rings. Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: If you have your own pair of flat nosed pliers, please bring them but tools will also be available in class. Bring magnification if you need it. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our…

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November 2018
Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $5, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Peyote Star Ornament

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

Course outline: These cheerful and bright 3D star ornaments use large size 6/0 seed beads, so they work up much faster than most peyote stitch projects. Crystal rondelles at the tips add seasonal bling! Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate Prerequisite: Familiarity with peyote stitch and peyote triangles would be helpful. Technique: Beadweaving - Peyote stitch warped squares Bring to class: Three colours of size 6/0 seed beads (Toho or Miyuki), one tube of each. You can buy these in the store just…

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  • You may register on-line through the form above, or by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment is required in advance for registration and may be done on-line at the time of registration or in-person at the store.
  • 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.

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.