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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 your individually selected kit in either copper, colored enameled copper wire, Argentium silver, silver filled, some aluminum or 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 is absolutely essential - even Dollar Store readers can help. Lab fee covers a notebook with tutorials and useful reference materials, bead mat, jump ring opener, ruler, needle tool and storage box. Total cost depends on the number of projects (bracelets, necklaces or earrings) made and metals selected.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
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 pre-cut jump rings for the first few kits, after that the instructor will demonstrate winding and cutting of jump rings, as well as, polishing the completed 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+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Chain II - Janet & Joe Trosino
Please read the description for the 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, dragonscale, viperscale, vipera berus kinged, candy cane cord and many others. 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 selected 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. See Chain I for lab fee details. Total cost depends on the number of chains and metals selected.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Chain I or prior experience with chainmaille

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Chain II - Advanced Loop-in-Loop Chain - Chuck Bruce
In this class, students will learn how to coil, form, cut and fuse/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 Sailor's Knot, students should be able to finish a bracelet and pair of earrings in each. (These ancient beautiful designs are quite different from chainmaille). 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, your 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 your material up, hand it 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: $100-300
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Previous Silver I Class skills are helpful, but not mandatory

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