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 2
 With Karen Karon
 26 February 2015 - 26 February 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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Chain Maille: Wandering Vine Bracelet
 With Karen Karon
 29 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
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 This chain maille weave pattern (widely known as Candy Cane Cord) produces a round bushy chain reminiscent of vines growing through a forest or jungle. Learn how to construct this dense and beautiful weave by making a silver bracelet in class.
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February 07, 2015
 Lapidary at the Bench
 Take ordinary, damaged, or chipped cabochons to extraordinary without the need for a full lapidary studio. Join us and be taught to cut, alter, refashion and customize cabochon stones with tools from your bench!
February 14, 2015
 Tinkering with Wire
 Utilizing simple tools it is possible to make a wide variety of objects from jewelry-scale to architectural elements in wire. Through demonstration, samples, images, drawing and discussions, students will build objects employing wire-working techniques.
February 20, 2015
 Girl with a Pearl Earring(s)
 Lustrous and versatile, pearls can be used in a diverse array of jewelry from the everyday to dressy as well as both classical and modern styles. Learn to incorporate round and flat-bottomed, fully drilled and half-drilled, into several pairs of earrings.
March 07, 2015
 Forging Identities
 Forging brings wire to life and is both more interesting and elegant than its standard round shape. Forging Identities covers basic forging techniques. Students will learn how to shape and draw down wire (elongate and taper) for jewelry.

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