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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

April 2018
Cdn $70.00 +Kit fee: $14 + HST, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Hypnotic Spirals

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for something different this month. This full day class will explore several Spiral weave variations. **Prior to class, Marilyn will email students a link to some basic information about the resources and tools used to make chainmail jewellery (for prereading and reference). This month's class will focus on Spiral chains, from the basic Spiral 4 in 1, to the classy Double Spiral, the Graduated Double Spiral, the Double Spiral Half Byzantine +1, and the Inverted…

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May 2018
Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $28 + HST to $180 + HST depending on kit, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Foxtail Bracelet (aka Full Persian)

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: So sophisticated! The chain is round, flexible, and a true classic. It is also a starting weave for other chains, such as the Candy Cane Cord. Kit fees: payable to Marilyn the day of the class. All kits include step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main sizes of jump ring, and a quality, toggle clasp. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. The Foxtail Twist bracelet is a custom kit, and comes with a stunning,…

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Cdn $40.00 +Kit fee: $25.99 + HST to $111.99 + HST depending on kit chosen, payable to the instructor the day of the class.

Candy Cane Cord Bracelet

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: It's round and yummy, just like a Christmas candy cane, but very flexible. The overlapping edges of the rings form a delightfully intricate pattern. Great as a bracelet and it is also be stunning as a necklace. This is a rewarding challenge with many potential variations! Kit fees: Payable to Marilyn the day of the class. All kits include step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump ring, 3 colours of temporary rings, and a quality clasp. Makes…

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June 2018
Cdn $70.00 +Kit fee: $14 + HST, payable to the instructor the day of the class; optional kits available

Boxing with Pliers – No Boxing Gloves Required

June 23 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Marilyn Gardiner

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for a full-day boxing session. We'll explore the Box Chain and the Staggered Box Chain, as well as other surprising box chain variations. This months class will focus on Box chains, with 2 methods of weaving the basic Boxchain, and progress to the ziggy-zaggy Staggered Boxchain. Along the way you will see/experiment with some boxchain variant surprises. In class you will have the option to learn any or all of these, or design something for…

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  • 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.