Karen Karon

I've been creating handmade items since I was a child. I've tried just about every craft (knitting & crocheting, beading, macramé, quilting, needlepoint & cross-stitch, sewing, polymer clay, decoupage, rubber stamping…) and have enjoyed each one. I taught myself to bead on a loom when I was about ten years old - thus began my interest in making jewelry.

In the fall of 2005, I enrolled in a workshop where I learned how to make chains by weaving sterling silver wire. I loved it. This is still one of my favorite techniques. I began to research chain making on the internet and in books and discovered other ancient chain making processes such as chain maille, Viking knit and Etruscan (loop-in-loop) chain making. I began to experiment with each of these methods, either on my own, or by enrolling in classes.

My interest in chain making motivated me to explore other techniques in metal. That is when I discovered PMC (Precious Metal Clay). I took my first PMC class and fell in love with the versatility of the material. In the fall of 2007, I became a Certified PMC Artisan. I now teach classes in PMC and in chain maille.

I continue to study to expand my skills with metal. Currently, I am studying jewelry & silversmithing techniques at Metalwerx School for Jewelry/Metal Arts and at the DeCordova Museum School.

Chain Maille Jewelry: Persephone Weave
 With Karen Karon
 19 December 2014 - 19 December 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 19 November 2014
 Classic chain maille gets a modern update with the Persephone pattern. This workshop focuses on creating a matching set consisting of a bracelet, pendant and pair of earrings.
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Chain Maille Jewelry 1
 With Karen Karon
 22 January 2015 - 12 January 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 22 December 2014
 Discover chain maille patterns that can be adapted into earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Come to understand how to properly open and close jump rings, how size affects design, calculate gauge conversion, closures, embellishing, and finishing methods.
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Chain Maille Jewelry 2
 With Karen Karon
 26 February 2015 - 26 February 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 26 January 2015
 Create and design a variety of more complex chain maille weaves including Parallel weaves, (Helm, Flower), the Persian weaves (Full Persian or Foxtail, Half Persian 4-in-1, 3-in-1 and 3-in-1 sheet), and Dragonscale!
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October 24, 2014
 Improvisational and Sculptural Beadwork
 This is a special opportunity to study with internationally renowned artist Joyce J. Scott, often referred to as the "Queen of Beadwork." The goal is to help students learn to experiment with the Peyote stitch, both flat and dimensionally.
October 30, 2014
 Dichroic Glass and Silver Metal Clay
 Add a bit of sparkle to metal clay designs with dichroic glass! Firing schedules, glass compatibility, hand polishing and fire polishing glass, setting/embedding glass into metal clay, and finishing techniques will be demonstrated.
October 31, 2014
 Microfolding & Argentium Sterling Silver
 Microfolding (corrugation) offers endless possibilities for creativity through texturing and forming, resulting in light but strong forms. When fold forming techniques are combined with corrugated metal, the metal is "microfolded".
November 08, 2014
 Miniature Holloware
 When it comes to hammers and stakes, there is only one thing better than owning a set of Fretz tools--learning to make the most of them from the master and maker himself. Study how to work with Fretz tools to create miniature bottles or hollowware.
November 10, 2014
 Fretz, Foredom, and Fabulous Stone Sale
 Don't miss this opportunity to stock up on metalworking tools and supplies, precious and semi-precious gemstones, gem beads, and cabochons sold by three fantastic regional suppliers: Bill Fretz, Foredom, as well as Robert and Sophie Berzofsky.
November 14, 2014
 Landscape of the Holiday Table: Flatware Design and Fabrication
 This workshop focuses on the design and creation of objects for dining. Make a variety of spoons, salad servers, or flatware. Techniques such as forging, forming, fabrication and surface embellishment will be demonstrated.

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