Chaine Maille

with Roy Deere

at Wildacres September

Class Description

 

Beginning, Intermediate, and Fused Chain-Maillé classes will be offered at the same time in August. Your projects will match your experience. Beginning and Intermediate class information is located below. Fused Chain-Maillé descriptions are located in the August Fused Chain-Maillé class. The fused class is open to all levels.

 

 

Beginning Chain-Maillé Jewelry


This class will provide the student with an introduction to one of the popular and fastest growing areas of jewelry making. Chain-Maillé Jewelry is based upon the protective armor worn by medieval knights. The old designs have been updated and used with precious metals to make beautiful chains, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. These are easily made and do not require any soldering. Students will learn the proper way to open/close jump rings, basic patterns of linking the rings to form intricate chains, and finishing techniques to make the chains into wearable jewelry. The class will consist of a couple of pre-selected projects to teach the basic techniques followed by other projects which each student can individually select. Kits with pre-cut jump rings will be provided for the pre-selected projects. Students will also learn to cut their own jump rings. Wire to cut the jump rings for the remaining projects will be available or students can bring their own wire. Most projects will be done in Sterling Silver; but students can choose other metals.

Students should bring an Optivisor or other magnifying aid and 2 smooth jawed pliers. On average, students can expect to complete 5 or more projects.

Due to the current high prices for Silver & Gold, other metals such as Silver Filled copper & aluminum will be offered in addition to Silver and Gold-Filled.

A lab fee of $50 covers the 2 beginning kits, an extensive set of class notes and chain designs, and class consumables such as saw blades. Total cost of the class can range from $50 to $150 depending upon the student’s choice of projects.

Prerequisite – No experience necessary.

   

Intermediate Chain-Maillé Jewelry
This class assumes that the student is proficient in cutting jump rings, opening/closing jump rings, and linking the rings into chains. The class will introduce the student to such advanced techniques as non-round jump ring shapes, jump rings made from different wire shapes, beaded enhancements, mixed metals, dangles, drapes, and many other enhancement techniques that can be applied to traditional designs to make them very unique. We will also examine some more complicated patterns and learn approaches to doing them which make the process much easier. The class will consist of one pre-selected project utilizing non-round jump rings followed by other projects which each student can individually select. The class notes will present many different suggestions for projects that feature the techniques that are presented in the class.

Students should bring an Optivisor or other magnifying aid and their own pliers that they are comfortable with using for chain work. Students may bring their own wire or wire and all types of enhancement items will be available in the class.

Due to the current high prices for Silver & Gold, other metals such as Silver Filled copper & aluminum will be offered in addition to Silver and Gold-Filled.

A lab fee of $40 covers the non-round project kit, an extensive set of class notes and chain designs, and class consumables such as saw blades. Total cost of the class can range from $75 to $250 depending upon the student’s choice of projects.

Lots of patterns are available so repeating students can find plenty of new things to make.

Prerequisite – Beginning Chain-Maillé Jewelry or other experience with chain making.

    

Fused Chain-Maille
In the Fused Chain-Maillé class we will explore the construction of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings which have all of their ends “soldered” together. All of the work will be done with Argentium wire. Argentium is a special class of Sterling Silver that has Germanium added to replace a small amount of the Copper in the Sterling. This changes some of the properties of the silver. Specifically it allows the silver to be fused. This allows us to join the ends of a ring without having to fool with solder. It only requires smooth ends on the ring and heat on the joint.

Working with fused links allows us to do many different things that we are unable to do in Chain-Maille. For example, it is extremely easy to fuse the ends of a ring and then strech it into an oval shape with pliers. This gives us many different shapes to work with in our designs.

Materials Needed: 20ga, 18ga, 16ga, & 14ga Argentium Wire. Students who have this should bring it to the class. The instructor will have materials which can be purchased.

A lab fee of $100 covers the first project kit, an extensive set of class notes and chain designs, fusing tools, and class consumables such as saw blades. Also included in the lab fee are the following items which the student can take home to continue the work from this course (a professional torch that generates small flames, a large butane can, a solder brick, and a solder pick). Total cost of the class can range from $100 to $300 depending upon the student’s choice of projects.

Prerequisites: Soldering experience & Chain-Maille experience would be helpful; but are not required.

Maximum No. of Students: 6

Prerequisites

Varies - See Description

Lab Fee

Beginning: $50

Intermediate: $40

Fused: $100

Material Costs

Estimated Costs

Beginning $50 - $150

Intermediate $75 - $250

Fused $100 - $300

Beginning Chain-Maillé Jewelry

Fused Chain-Maille

Intermediate Chain-Maillé Jewelry

Questions: Contact the William Holland or Wildacres Registrar

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