Chainmaille Boot Camp

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 rings; and lighting and magnification. You will receive handouts about these topics that include a list of print and internet …

Fire Wyrm Bracelet

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 bracelet kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 2 main sizes of jump rings, and a coordinating clasps. Makes up to a …

Byzantine Pendant and Earrings

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 Swarovski crystal briolettes. Makes a pendant and one pair of earrings. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are …

Foxtail (Full Persian) Bracelet

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 saw-cut and polished $44 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $36 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit Skill …

Staggered Byzantine Bracelet

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 registration) The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating slider or toggle clasp. …

Awesome Scale Maille Necklace

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: Basic chainmaille skills required. This is an intermediate project. Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: If you have your own flat nosed pliers (2 pairs are required) please bring them, but tools will also …

Celebrate your Creative Achievements

Graduations. Proms. Weddings. Anniversaries. For many, these are life’s milestones and opportunities to celebrate life with friends and family. Do you celebrate your achievements? Accomplishments can be large or small or even ‘steps along the way’ to bigger successes. Celebrating your accomplishments can boost your confidence, help to stave off burnout, and fuel your continued success. In the midst of Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea, I often hear “oh, it’s just a necklace”, or “it’s just a pair of earrings”. Please, never ‘just’ your accomplishments! You’ve spent time; you’ve applied learning; and you’ve put yourself into your designs. …

Druid Rope Bracelet

Course outline: If you are looking for an awesome and substantial bracelet – this is it. It is round, dense, and sure to please. This weave combines elements of the Roundmaille and Turkish Roundmaille weaves. Kit Fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) $124 plus HST for Argentium and Black Bracelet kit $100 plus HST for Silver Filled and Black Bracelet kit $69 plus HST for Faux Gold and Silver Filled $40 plus HST for Faux Gold & Black kit Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Completion of a several …

Double Spiral, Half Byzantine Bracelet

Course outline: This graceful and dainty bracelet will delight you! It combines elements of both the Double Spiral weave and the Byzantine weave. Notice that two of the options combine metals in different ways its fun to experiment this way. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump ring, and a coordinating toggle clasp. Makes up to a 9″ bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. $55 plus HST for Silver Filled bracelet kit $31 plus HST …

Planting Seeds of Creativity

It’s that time of year when we clean out the garden and start to select greenery to plant. Spring is also an ideal time of year to shake the winter cobwebs from our imagination and look for inspiration to get our creativity flowering again. Can you stimulate creativity? Yes – everyone can become more creative! I like to use the camera feature of my phone to snap colour ideas from clothes in a store or patterns and textures on walls and pavement. Ideas exist everywhere. I have no idea what I’ll use the photos for, but it may spark a …