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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

May 2019
Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $120 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit; $53 plus HST for Copper Bracelet kit, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Staggered Byzantine Bracelet

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: This is the most impressive new bracelet I've made since Dragonscale. It expands and contracts like an accordion and feels so good on my wrist! I love this unadorned version, but I can also see a version with beads added in the middle openings or even drop beads along the outer edges. Can you spot the Byzantine building blocks? Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of…

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Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $44 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit; $36 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Foxtail (Full Persian) Bracelet

May 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: So sophisticated! This classic chain is round and flexible. The texture is highlighted with a hammered clasp. Full Persian is a building block for several advanced level weaves, e.g. Candy Cane Cord. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kits includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating, hammered clasp. Makes up to a 9" bracelet. All rings are…

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June 2019
Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $59 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit; $30 plus HST for Faux Gold Bracelet kit; $26 plus HST for Copper Bracelet kit, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Back to Work Chainmaille Bracelet

June 15 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: Are you looking for something feminine? Lacy? This is it! Short lengths of an openwork weave are connected to small, hammered links and combined into a most delightful bracelet. Choose from 3 metals; please choose your kit at the time of registration. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, hammered connector rings, and a coordinating toggle clasp. Makes up to a 9"…

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Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $85 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit; $35 plus HST for Faux Gold Bracelet kit, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Orc Weave Bracelet

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: Orcs are creatures from fantasy fiction - but this openwork bracelet is fantastic to behold and wear. I have a solution to the challenge of building and controlling each unit as you link them together. Two metals are available; please indicate your kit choice at the time of registration. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 2 main sizes of jump rings, and a coordinating toggle clasp. Makes…

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July 2019
Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $66 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit; $31 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit; $28 plus HST for Copper Bracelet kit, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Byzantine Pendant and Earrings

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: Make an exquisite, keepsake pendant while learning the classic Byzantine chain mail weave. Add matching earrings with Swarovski briolettes. Includes 16-18 metal mesh neck chain. Choose from 3 metals. Kit fees, payable to the instructor the day of the class: $66 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $31 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit $28 plus HST for Copper Bracelet kit The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, jump rings, adjustable, metal mesh choker chain; earwires; and…

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Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $67 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet; $39 plus HST for Jeweller's Bronze and Silver Filled Bracelet; $37 plus HST for Black and Silver Filled kit, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Fire Wyrm Bracelet

July 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: 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. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: $67 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $39 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze & Silver Filled Bracelet kit $37 plus HST for Black & Silver Filled Bracelet kit The…

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August 2019
Cdn $70.00 +Kit fee: $20, payable to the instructor the day of the class, plus a kit of your choice.

Chainmaille Boot Camp

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for a comprehensive full-day class to get grounded in chainmaille basics. In addition to basic chainmaille information you will learn how to make key chainmaille weaves that represent three of the main families of weaves: Japanese, European, and Spiral. Note: In addition to the kit fee of $20 (see details below), you will also need to purchase a kit of your choice for a project. Part 1: We will talk about tools; wire and jump…

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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.
  • 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.