Chainmaille (also referred to as chain mail or maille) dates back to as far as the Etruscans in the 4th century B.C., although there is some evidence of earlier scale armor. The technique of weaving rings together to form armor spread worldwide, including as far as India and China. The Byzantine Empire then brought chainmaille to Europe, and during the Middle Ages it was commonly used as battle armor. To create chainmaille, wire is wound into coils, the coils are cut into rings, and then each ring is individually opened, woven into a pattern, and then closed.
In this class, you will learn how to open and close jump rings and how to weave them into two different patterns to create earrings. You can choose whether you would like to make one pair of earrings or feel extra motivated to make both pairs. You will be able to choose from the following colors: blue, green, purple, silver, or copper. No prior experience is necessary.
Instructor: Carol Korte, 724-567-8353, email@example.com
Project: Learning Chainmaille: Parallel Flower and/or Byzantine Earrings
Skill level: Beginners Welcome!
Class Date & Time: Thursday, May 23, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Class Price: $48.00
Materials Price: $12.00 per set of earrings The kit includes all the rings necessary for the earrings as well as a handmade sterling silver earwires. Pliers will be provided for your use during class, and available for purchase so you can keep working at home.
Class Size: Limited to 8
Payment to Art a la Carte secures your place in class. Payment may be made by Credit Card, check, (drop off at the store or mail to arrive 5 days before class), cash, or PayPal via Friends and Family. Please call 814-355-1590. Also please read the class Cancellation Policy on the website, which can be found on the Classes page on the calendar day December 31.