Janet & Joe  Trosino

Janet and Joe are retired math teachers, having taught for 35 years at the middle school, high school and college levels. Janet came to William Holland in 1999 with her family (husband, mother and daughter) to learn how to make the beautiful jewelry she bought at gem shows. She took wire wrapping for 4 or 5 years and PMC, but fell in love with the mathematical aspect of chain maille, including all the patterns she could learn and continues challenging herself with new patterns and ideas each year. They now sell at gem and craft shows in Buffalo and Syracuse, NY and give private lessons at home. Joe cuts all the jump rings making it possible for Janet to concentrate on the chain maille patterns.

Class List

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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 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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