Staggered Sense of Humor Sheet Weave for Jewelry

Course Description

About this course

Sense of Humor Staggered Sheet weave is silky, slinky, and behaves like fabric. This is a complex weave that will be approached in stages. In the first class session, students will learn the construction of Josue units and Sense of Humor Chain, both left and right leaning versions. In the second session, Sense of Humor Sheet and Staggered Sense of Humor Sheet will be covered. Once learned, the techniques can be used for various jewelry applications!

The class handout will include step by step instructions for all stages of the weave and instructions for making all the jewelry pieces pictured. 

This class is designed for advanced level chain maille students. It is assumed that all students who enroll are proficient weavers, know the difference between Through-the-Eye and Around-the-Eye connections, and understand gauge, inner/outer diameter, and aspect ratio. Students should be comfortable with complex patterns. Ability to construct Half-Persian 3-in-1 (both left and right-leaning) is very helpful but not required. 


Meet the Instructor

Karen Karon

Jewelry designer and author, Karen Karon, has been “connecting jump rings” since 2006. She teaches chain maille classes and workshops here at Metalwerx, at local venues, and also provides private chain maille instruction. In addition, Karen is a certified PMC (Precious Metal Clay) artisan. Karen has written articles for Art Jewelry, Bead Style and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines and is the author of two books on chain maille, Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop and Advanced Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop, both published by Interweave.  Her chain maille jewelry is available at Alchemy 9.2.5, a contemporary jewelry and fine craft gallery in Belmont, MA.  See Karen’s work on her website (, or visit her on Facebook

Materials & Tools 

Students will be responsible for providing the following items. Some suggested vendors have been linked for reference (red text). 

The best way to learn the weave is to use 3 different colors of jump rings. The instructor suggests students work with anodized aluminum for practice. Choose 1 main color and 2 contrasting colors in a 2:1:1 ratio. Jump rings can be acquired from Metal Designz or The Ring Lord. To ensure timely delivery, it is suggested orders be placed two weeks prior to the first day of class. 

  • approx. 400 x 18g jump rings - 3/16" ID - main color
  • approx. 200 x 18g jump rings - 3/16" ID - contrasting color 1
  • approx. 200 x 18g jump rings - 3/16" ID - contrasting color 2 
  • 1 x 4"x4" plastic canvas (Amazon)
  • 2 x smooth jaw flat nose pliers (Rio Grande)
  • 1 x optivisor - optional (Rio Grande
  • 1 x bead mat - optional (Fire Mountain)
  • 3 x paper clip




Karen Karon


May 25 -27, 2021


10:00 AM -1:00 PM


2 days


No Class Dates

May 26

Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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