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Chain I - Janet & Joe Trosino
This class will teach the basics of opening and closing jump rings and the fundamentals of making jewelry with unsoldered rings. Weaves will include, but are not limited to: wiggly, Byzantine, European 4-in-1, box or flat box, parallel, Persian, orbital, butterfly or possibly
Japanese chainmaille. Joe will cut individually chosen kits for you in copper, colored enameled copper wire, Argentium silver, silver filled, some aluminum and limited gold-filled accent rings. The instructor will supply all wire. The process of winding, cutting and polishing rings will be demonstrated during the week. The only tools needed are two pairs of jewelry pliers - flat nose or bent nose. Bring your own or you may borrow from the instructor. An Optivisor or similar magnifying device will be helpful. Lab fee covers notebook with tutorials, bead mat, jump ring opener, ruler, and needle tool and storage box. Total cost depends on the number of projects (bracelets, necklaces or earrings) made and metals selected.

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100+
Prerequisites: None

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Chain I - Maggie English
This class is designed to teach basic chain making with unsoldered jump rings. We will be using fine silver, copper wire and neoprene rubber rings. If you want gold-filled wire you need to let the instructor know. There will be precut jump rings for the first few kits, after that the instructor will demonstrate winding and cutting of jump rings, as well as, polishing the competed item. Lab fee covers printed material, copper wire and rings for practice. It is recommended that you bring an Optivisor. William Holland provides basic tools that you may borrow during the class or you may bring your own. A variety of kits will be available for earrings, bracelets and necklaces in fine silver only. There will be an assortment of clasps for purchase from the instructor. Materials cost will depend on the projects selected.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50+
Prerequisites: None

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Chain I - Beginning - Case Leeser
Beginning Chain is a class set up for the true beginning chain student. The student will learn the basic weaves and the steps necessary to make the work look professionally built. Work will be done with pre-cut sterling silver rings. Students will advance through a series of weaves, completing four or more pieces, depending on their speed and agility. The lab fee includes a workbook with patterns, reference sources and various useful charts to help continue weaving. Additional kits for projects as well as clasps, findings, and other embellishments are available for purchase from the instructor. Estimated materials cost depends on the choices and number of projects chosen, as well as the price of silver. Please bring an Optivisor or something similar, and two pairs of chain nose pliers to class.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$250
Prerequisites: None

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Chain II - Janet & Joe Trosino
Please read the description for beginning chain. No beginners please. We will review basic weaves, if needed, and continue from there with weaves selected individually by each student. This may include Celtic Visions, GSG, Jens Pind, HP 4-in-1, dragon scale, viper scale, vipera berus kinged and many more. For those who wish to add beads and crystals to their chainmaille, the student can make more complex weaves, such as Spine of the Centipede, Glass Caterpillar, Caged Jewels, or their own creation. Variations of each pattern will be discussed. Joe will cut your individually chosen projects in either colored enameled copper wire, copper, Argentium silver, silver filled, aluminum, or square wire (in enameled copper, Argentium silver and some aluminum) for certain weaves or a limited amount of gold filled for accent rings. Neoprene rubber rings will be available for certain projects. The instructor will supply all wire. Total cost depends on number of chains and metals selected.

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100+
Prerequisites: Chain I or prior experience with chain maille

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Chain III - Fused Chains - Nancy Brickner
In this class you will learn to coil, cut, and fuse links that you will stretch, forge and weave into chains. We will work with fine silver, sterling silver and introduce Argentium. There will be several chain patterns to choose from after completing two patterns together. There will also be the opportunity to design your own. Students can expect to complete at least 5 chains. I will supply all tool needs but you may bring your own pliers, jewelers saw, small butane or propane torch. I recommend bringing an Optivisor or magnifying glasses. Lab fee includes instruction book, v block, and fuse board.

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$400
Prerequisites: Chain I and being comfortable using a little torch

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Chain ll - Case Leeser
This class will use pre-cut and prepared sterling rings to make some of the more complex maille weaves. Students typically complete 4 or more chains during the week depending on their dexterity and patterns chosen. The emphasis will be on completing some of the more intricate patterns as well as adding some unique touches to some favorite weaves, making them "your own". Please bring an optivisor, 2 pair of chain nose pliers and any other tools the student prefers to use for chain making. Tools are also available from the instructor as well as the WH store. This class fee will include a workbook with patterns, instructions, charts and references. Various clasps and toggles will be available for purchase from the instructor. The expenses above the lab fee will depend on the additional stones, clasps, silver and beads purchased by the student.

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00+
Prerequisites: a Beginning chain class and ongoing chaining experience

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Chain ll - Chuck Bruce
In this class, students will learn how to coil, form, cut and form/solder fine or sterling silver rings, to make loops, then form and weave the loops to make simple and complex chains. We will explore 4 different patterns- Roman Fold-over, Single Fold-over (foxtail), Double Fold-over (foxtail) and Sailors knot. Students should be able to finish a bracelet and pair of earrings in each pattern. ( these ancient beautiful designs are quite different from chain maille). There should also be time for additional projects or necklace versions of these chains. Tools will be provided for use, if you have your own tools, you are welcome to bring them. Lab fee contains kits ( fine or sterling silver material, findings for closures and earrings) for the chains covered, a fusing block, scribe for manipulating the rings, wooden draw plate, beads for earrings and storage bags for unused rings. This fee also covers paste solder used in class, If you mess material up, hand back to me and get new, makes learning a lot easier ( without fear). Kits will also contain enough material to make 1 or 2 pairs of earrings. Other kits will be available for sale such as necklace versions in each, and other chain styles with kits.

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00-$300.00
Prerequisites: Previous Silver l class skills are helpful, but not mandatory

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