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: Basket Weave
 With Karen Karon
 20 November 2015 - 20 November 2015
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 20 October 2015
  
 This chain maille weave pattern (widely known as Vipera Berus) produces flat linear chain with a texture reminiscent of a woven basket. Learn how to construct this beautiful weave by making a silver bracelet in class.
  
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