Chain by Karen Karon
Chain Maille: Olivia Weave


Karen Karon

Level: All Skill Levels
Requirements: Basic Chain Maille Experience Preferred
Program: Summer
Status: Open
Length: 1 Days
Tuition: $ 70
Materials: TBA
Date: August 08, 2011 - August 08, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Metalwerx

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Chain Maille is an ancient art form that dates back over two thousand years. Chain Maille garments were worn for protection in battle by warriors from Europe, the Middle East and the Orient. Patterns developed that were unique to each region. Learn to transform some of these classic patterns of connected rings into striking pieces of jewelry.

The Olivia weave is a variation of the Byzantine weave that is constructed using two sizes of jump rings. It produces a flat, strap like chain with a pattern resembling a row of butterflies. It is perfect for wrist bands and cuffs and provides endless embellishment opportunities. Students will make a sterling silver bracelet using this weave during class.

In the morning, Karen will be teaching another Chain Maille pattern: The Jens Pind Linkage Spiral Weave

You can see more of Karen's work on her website

Materials & Tools

There is a materials kit for this class. It is estimated to cost $130 and is payable at the workshop. The kit includes a sterling clasp and enough sterling silver jump rings to complete a bracelet.

This kit was priced out in April 2011. The actual cost will be based on the cost of silver at the time supplies are ordered.

Students Should Bring:

Please note that Metalwerx has pliers and optivisors on hand if students do not already have these tools. Keep in mind, you might have to share.

  • 2 Pairs of Pliers with Smooth Jaws - (2 chain nose, 2 flat nose, or one of each use what you feel most comfortable with. My personal preference is 2 flat nose.)
  • Optivisor or other form of magnification if necessary

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