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The Flat Maille Conspiracy: Part 1

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for a full-day exploration of 4 chains that lie flat. You’ll learn how to make them and see a variety of ways they can be used in jewellery making. (No, this class isn’t about the flat earth conspiracy!)

**Prior to class, students should download and review four documents with basic information about chainmaille:

 Part 1: We will discuss questions you may have about:


  • 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
  • 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 making a silver filled Parallel (Helm) Earring with a briolette crystal. Quality workmanship will be demonstrated and encouraged. Next, you’ll learn and make 3 sample flat weaves.

  • Garter Belt
  • Vertebrae
  • Japanese Stepping Stones (Japanese 12 in 2)

As we make these we will examine jewellery samples and photos to see the 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 Celtic Dawn, King’s Scale, Scaled Vipera Berus, and Shenandoah.

Part 3

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

Skill level: All levels

Prerequisite: None

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.



January 18
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:
$20 plus choice of kit(s), payable to the instructor the day of the class.
Kit Includes:
Instructions, jump rings and any beads or findings to complete a project.

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.