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Chainmaille Boot Camp: Part II

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am EST - 5:00 pm EST

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

Join Marilyn Gardiner for a full-day class to get grounded in chainmail basics. In addition to basic chainmail information you will learn how to make key chainmail weaves that represent 3 of the main families of weaves: Japanese, European, and Persian.

Part 1

We will answer questions about tools; wire and jump rings; and lighting and magnification. You will receive handouts (if you don’t already have them) about these topics for further reference. Quality workmanship will be demonstrated and encouraged.


  • Buying pliers: how to choose, what to consider when you are choosing pliers to buy
  • An opportunity to try out lots of different kinds in class

Wire & jump rings:

  • What you need to know before you buy wire & jump rings
  • Learn about different metal options, their qualities, their cost, and how to clean them
  • How to open and close jump rings

Lighting & Magnification:

  • Try out different types of magnification and learn about lighting options

Part 2

You will start by practicing how to open and close rings while making a Mobius Earring, and then proceed to learn and make the sample weaves. You will end up with sample chains that represent some of the main families of chainmaille weaves:

  • European:  Roundmaille, a variation of European 4 in 1
  • Japanese/European: Celtic Visions
  • Persian: Full Persian 6 in 1 (Foxtail)

As we do this, we will examine jewellery samples and photos to see the wide variety of ways these weaves can be used to make bracelets, pendants, necklaces and earrings. We’ll also see examples how these basics lead to variations such as Turkish Roundmaille, Celtic Stars, and Sweet Pea weaves.

Part 3

To finish the day, you will choose from a selection of project kits and start making your choice of a bracelet, earrings or necklace to work on.

Skill level: Beginner

Prerequisite: N/A

Technique: Chainmaille

Bring to class:

  • Eyeglasses or magnifiers for close-up work. Tools designed for chainmail will be provided for class use but you may bring your personal tools.\
  • Please bring a computer tablet or laptop if you have one.
  • As this is a full day class, please bring a lunch; coffee and cold drinks will be available.

Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the intellectual property of our artists/instructors by not sharing, selling, or teaching the patterns you receive from the classes you take.

How to Register and Cancellation Policy: see details below.


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November 16, 2019
10:00 am EST - 5:00 pm EST
Cdn $70.00
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BeadFX, 19 Waterman Ave, Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario M4B 1Y2 Canada


Marilyn Gardiner


Kit Fee:
$20, payable to the instructor the day of the class, plus a kit of your choice.
Kit Includes:
Sample rings in multiple sizes and handouts. Plus, you will also need to purchase a kit of your choice for the project.

How to Register:

  • You may register for all classes and open sessions either on-line, in-person at the store, or by calling the store at (416) 751-1911
  • Full payment must be made at the time of registration
  • Materials for Virtual classes are the responsibility of the student, unless otherwise indicated in the class description.
  • For some metalwork, mixed media and lampwork classes, 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:

  • Virtual classes: Cancellations and refunds will not be permitted once instructions, materials and electronic links to the classes have been emailed to students. Only registered students will be permitted to take virtual classes.
  • In-Studio classes: If you need to cancel an in-studio class, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee. If you come to the class unwell (sore throat, fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) you will be asked to leave and a refund will NOT be provided.
  • 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.