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: Familiarity with basic chainmaille techniques. You must be comfortable opening and closing jump rings properly with good closures. Knowledge of European 4-in-1 weave is helpful but not essential. Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: …

Interwoven 4-in-1 Chainmaille bracelet

Course outline: This is a lovely chainmaille weave – one of my absolute favourites for bracelets. It is constructed of two layers of European 4-in-1 with the edges cleverly interlaced. We will use two different colours of anodized aluminum, which gives a reversing pattern. For confident students, kits will also be available with bronze or stainless steel rings in a finer gauge. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Basic chainmaille skills. Knowledge of European 4-in-1 is useful but not essential. Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: Bring magnification if you need it.? If you have your own flat nosed pliers please bring them …

Chainmaille Owl Charm (2 days)

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 version. Extra kits will be available in both sizes. Note: This class is scheduled Saturday, March 2, 12:00 – 3:00, …

Discovering: Chainmaille

When you think of chainmaille, you automatically think of knights and dragons and jousting tournaments. The use of this flexible armor has a much earlier history and dates back to the 4th century BCE. It is believed that chainmaille was invented by the Celts and was adopted by the Romans after they realized its potential after fighting the Celts. In addition to Europe, other cultures including Japan and Persia used chainmaille as protection in battle. In Japan, chainmaille was known as Kusari and was used in samurai armor in the 1270s. Persia’s use of chainmaille is lesser known but was …

October 2017 Bead Mat Update: Mixing it up!

My October 2017 bead mat update, is really a poem to my eclectic tastes! I could tell you that I specialize in one thing or another, but that would be a lie! I love all things creative! Sometimes I just need a taste, to satisfy my craving, but I certainly couldn’t focus on everything. It would be pretty boring, if I only did what was expected! Wouldn’t it? To start off my October 2017 bead mat update, I want to announce that I’ve finished the beading on my little purple minx doll. Hooray!!! That’s really just a working title, but …