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Make a Chain, Twist It, and Lock It In Place

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for a full-day class to explore weaves created in a similar manner: make a chain, twist it, and lock each twist in place. We’ll explore the Garter Belt weave, Mngwa (say mingwah) weave, and Basketweave (aka Vipera Berus). (Ill also have the Kinged Basketweave/Vipera Berus variation option available.)

In this all-day class:

  • Well all start by making a Garter Belt zipper pull.
  • Ill bring a selection of kits for all 3 weaves in a variety of different metals.
  • You’ll either work on one of the various kits or plan your own project that uses one of these weaves. (Well all help each other with this.)
  • You may choose rings you want to use (from Marilyn), and findings or beads (from BeadFX) if you are designing your own project. If you have an idea about what you might like to make, please contact me about pre-ordering the specific rings you’ll need.
  • You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share your work following the class via my private FaceBook student page.

**Prior to class, please email Marilyn ( and she will reply back with a link to some basic information about the resources and tools used to make chainmail jewellery (for pre-reading and reference). In class, you will have the option to learn any or all of these or design something for yourself based on one of these weaves.

Kit Fees: payable to Marilyn the day of the class

  • $14 + HST for Garter Belt Zipper Pull kit
  • Jump rings in different metals/sizes for the weaves will be available for purchase by the ounce, half-ounce, or quarter ounce.
  • Optional kits and instructions will be available

Garter Belt Bracelet Kits

  • $102.99 plus HST for Argentium sterling bracelet
  • $58.99 plus HST for Silver Filled bracelet
  • $27.99 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze bracelet

Mngwa Bracelet Kits

  • $55.99 plus HST for Silver Filled bracelet
  • $39.99 plus HST for Faux Gold (new metal) bracelet

Basketweave Bracelet Kits

  • $86.998 plus HST for Argentium bracelet
  • $45.99 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze bracelet
  • $26.99 plus HST for Copper & Black bracelet

Kinged Basketweave Bracelet Kit

  • $175.00 plus HST for Argentium sterling bracelet
  • $90.99 plus HST for Silver Filled bracelet
  • $53.99 plus HST for Silver Filled & Bronze bracelet
  • $28.99 plus HST for Copper & Black bracelet

Skill level: All levels

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. 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.



November 17, 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cdn $70.00
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BeadFX, 19 Waterman Ave, Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario M4B 1Y2 Canada


Marilyn Gardiner


Kit Fee:
$14, payable to the instructor the day of the class.
Kit Includes:
Garter Belt zipper pull with instructions; optional kits will be available.

How to Register:

  • You may register on-line through the form above, or by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • 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.