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Marilyn Gardiner

marilyn-gardiner-imageBased 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 www.marilyngardiner.com.

Upcoming Events

October 2017
Cdn $60.00 +Kit fee: $13 + HST, payable to the instructor the day of the class. Optional kits and materials will also be available.

Spend a Day in my Parallel (Chainmaille) Universe!

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: This full day class will offer an in-depth look at using the classic Parallel (or Helm) weave. Students will gain more lasting value than a short class to make a piece of jewellery from a kit. Marilyn's mantra will be Learn, Design, Apply, and Share. The classic Parallel weave is a valuable one to learn because of the many variations, combinations with other weaves, and the possibilities it offers for future jewellery projects. Make it with either Argentium…

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November 2017
Cdn $35.00 +Kit fee: $69 + HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit or $26 + HST for Copper & Black Bracelet kit, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Megara Bracelet

November 18 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner to create this sassy, smart bracelet that combines style with movement. Trivia: it's named after the first wife of the Greek hero Hercules, and the character Meg in the Disney film Hercules. Note: A kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: The Megara weave, and some chainmaille basics. Bring to class: Eyeglasses or magnifiers for close-up work. Pliers designed for chainmaille will be provided for class use, but you may…

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Cdn $35.00 +Kit fee: $126 + HST for Argentium Sterling Bracelet kit (please request in advanced); $76.50 + HST for Silver-filled Bracelet kit; $32 + HST for Jeweller's Bronze Bracelet kit, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Viperscale Bracelet

November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: This is an exceptional bracelet with presence. Woven from heavy gauge rings, the bracelet appears to be curved, thick in the centre and thin at the edges. This is the most difficult project that Marilyn Gardiner sells - and a class is seldom offered. This is your opportunity to learn how to make it! Are you up for the challenge? Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Advanced Prerequisite: Completion of several previous projects of…

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December 2017
Cdn $60.00 +Kit fee: $14 to $50 payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Chainmaille Christmas Gift Extravaganza

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner and help solve your gift-giving dilemmas! It seems that some of us scramble at the last minute to find small gifts. Perhaps you need a thank you to someone who has given you excellent service, or maybe it's a hostess gift, or perhaps it's a lagniappe (look it up!). You can sign up for all day ($60 + HST), or just the morning, or just the afternoon ($35 + HST for either). Please indicate your…

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How to Register:

  • You may register by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment or a deposit is required in advance for registration.
  • 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.