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 1
 With Karen Karon
 22 January 2015 - 12 January 2015
  
 Discover chain maille patterns that can be adapted into earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Come to understand how to properly open and close jump rings, how size affects design, calculate gauge conversion, closures, embellishing, and finishing methods.
  
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Chain Maille Jewelry 2
 With Karen Karon
 26 February 2015 - 26 February 2015
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 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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January 13, 2015
 Jewelry 1 (Tuesday afternoon)
 Acquire essential fabrication techniques through designing and producing one-of-a-kind jewelry. Time will be spent practicing on sample pieces as well as applying these skills to make a layered pendant and ring with a set stone.
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 Jewelry I (Tuesday evenings)
 This introductory course focuses on developing fundamental hand skills, good studio habits, and an appreciation of quality craftsmanship. Students will learn essential fabrication techniques by designing and producing unique, handcrafted jewelry.
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January 14, 2015
 Soldering Solutions
 Need to improve your soldering skills? Seeking guidance on setting up a home soldering station? This comprehensive course focuses on developing students' skills to gain confidence in planning, executing, and troubleshooting soldered connections.
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January 19, 2015
 Stone Sale at Metalwerx
 Don't miss this opportunity to shop for precious and semi-precious gemstones, gem beads, rough slab and hand-cut cabochons in the comfort of the Metalwerx studio.
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January 23, 2015
 Mold Making and Casting
 Lost wax casting can be a time and money saving experience. Learn to make molds, sprue, invest, and finish models, to be cast in silver. Students will gain a clear understanding of what will work well and be cost effective in a production environment.
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