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
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 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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