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 European 4-in-1 to create a pair of earrings. This is a very traditional and versatile chainmaille weave, and the one used to create the chainmaille armor of the middle ages. You will be able to choose from the following colors for your earrings: blue, purple, silver, or copper. No prior experience is necessary.
Instructor: Carol Korte, 724-567-8353, email@example.com
Project: Learning Chainmaille: Diamond Earrings with Carol Korte
Skill level: Beginners Welcome!
Class Date & Time: Thursday, July 25, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Class Price: $48.00
Materials Price: $15.00. The kit includes all the rings necessary for the earrings as well as a pair of handmade sterling silver earwires. Pliers will be provided for your use during class, and available for purchase so you can keep working at home. Maximum class size of 8 students.
Class Size: Limited to 8