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 Mini: Horizontal Persian Weaves
 With Karen Karon
 01 May 2014 - 08 May 2014
  
 This short course focuses on two of the more challenging Persian Sheet Weaves: Horizontal Arkham Sheet and the Half Persian 3-in-1 Sheet 6 (aka. Horizontal GSG Sheet) -- both are dense, wide weaves that lie well on the body because they are so flexible.
  
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Metalwerx Open House and Jewelry Sale
 With Karen Karon
 10 May 2014 - 10 May 2014
  
 Metalwerx invites the local community to visit our studio, get a sneak peek at some of our upcoming classes, take a free mini earring workshop, and check out jewelry made by our members.
  
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Chain Maille Jewelry: Rosetta Bracelet
 With Karen Karon
 14 June 2014 - 14 June 2014
5% Early Bird Discount for registration before 14 May 2014
  
 Classic chain maille gets a modern update with the Rosetta pattern. Discover some chain maille basics while completing a sterling silver bracelet during class. No experience necessary.
  
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