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 a pattern called Celtic Star to create your very own pendant. You will be able to choose from the following colors for your pendant: blue, purple, silver, or copper. No prior experience is necessary.
Instructor: Carol Korte, 724-567-8353, email@example.com
Project: Learning Chainmaille: Celtic Star Pendant
Skill level: Beginners Welcome!
Class Date & Time: Thursday, August 15, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Class Price: $48.00
Materials Price: $15.00. . The kit includes all the rings necessary for the pendant. I will have 18” sterling silver chains available to purchase for $25, or you can use a chain you already own. 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