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.


Introduction to Scale Maille
 With Karen Karon
 20 July 2015 - 20 July 2015
  
 Chain maille, an ancient art form used in garments worn for protection by warriors, usually had an outer layer of metal or leather attached for added protection. Explore "scale maille" with an aim towards producing ornamental jewelry or clothing.
  
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Chain Maille: Basket Weave
 With Karen Karon
 20 November 2015 - 20 November 2015
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 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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July 13, 2015
 Etching Basics: Cuff Bracelets and Earrings
 In just one day, learn the art of photo-etching on brass, copper and silver, by making an etched copper cuff bracelet, etching a piece of brass that can be used to roller print other metals, and a pair of etched or roller-printed sterling earrings.
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July 20, 2015
 Introduction to Scale Maille
 Chain maille, an ancient art form used in garments worn for protection by warriors, usually had an outer layer of metal or leather attached for added protection. Explore "scale maille" with an aim towards producing ornamental jewelry or clothing.
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July 29, 2015
 PMC Bead-O-Rama! (3-Day Weekday Session)
 New option - Sign up for the first three days of Barbara's class! Nothing compares to metal clay for making unique hollow, textured forms with ease. And who better to learn from then the author of the book on the subject.
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August 01, 2015
 PMC Bead-O-Rama! (2-Day Weekend Session)
 New option - Sign up for the weekend session of Barbara's class! Nothing compares to metal clay for making unique hollow, textured forms with ease. And who better to learn from then the author of the book on the subject.
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August 03, 2015
 Charm Bracelets
 Students will be provided with a linked sterling bracelet, and spend the day creating their own personalized charms to fill it. Explore texturing, stamping initials, sawing, and adding a little color via small gemstone cabochons.
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August 05, 2015
 Pneumatic Hand Engraving
 Discover all the steps needed to understand hand engraving. Each student will have their own pneumatic system to use during class. Learn the basics of tool making, graver sharpening, layout, scroll design, theory of hand lettering, and hand engraving.
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