Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop Techniques and Projects for Weaving with Wire

Explore a comprehensive, technique-driven resource guide that will inspire you to create your own projects and change your approach to chain maille.
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You'll love this if:

  • You want weaving techniques for a variety of chain maille weaves
  • You want step-by-step instructions and clear illustrations to guide you through different projects
  • You enjoy innovation and originality in your jewelry making

In this book, you'll find multiple weaving techniques for making popular chain maille weaves, from simple chains to beaded wonders to intricate Dragonscale. Jewelry artist and author Karen Karon pairs in-depth, step-by-step instructions with color illustrations that show exactly where to place the next jump ring. You'll also get a thorough yet flexible approach to techniques that prove weaving can be done in a variety of ways. You'll also find demonstrations on "speed weaving," which is ideal for large projects. Designs progressively increase in complexity in this book, so every jewelry maker, whether beginner or pro, will find inspiration and projects that suite their skill level. Every chapter provides a unique jewelry project, a plethora of design advice, visual inspiration, shortcuts, tips, and tricks, as well as guidance for attaching clasps and findings. Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop is your ideal resource!

About the Author:

Karen Karon is a PMC Guild certified instructor. She studies and teaches classes at Metalwerx in Waltham, Massachusetts and also offers private chain maille jewelry classes. She’s contributed to Step-by-Step Jewelry magazine, Bead Style, and Art Jewelry. Karen lives in Massachusetts.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU 12BD10
Product Type Book
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 13 9781596686458
Author/Designer Karen Karon
Technique Chain Maille
Customer Reviews (6)
Mixed Reviews
Having never done chain maille, I purchased this book based on the 5-star reviews and recommended for beginners. A lot of emphasis is given to initial preparation and supplies needed. The photography in this book is beautiful with gorgeous examples. Unfortunately, I felt that the two-dimensional graphic illustrations didn't have sufficient contrast or dimension to be useful for me. While I am not color blind, I did have difficulty with the contrast between red and green. After struggling for two days, I went to YouTube and learned the half Persian weaves in about 5 minutes. It's obvious that a lot of effort went into the production of this book, but unfortunately all of that is overshadowed by the two-dimensional graphics. Review by Cynthia (Posted on 12/31/2017)
Excellent book
Great Review by Matt (Posted on 2/19/2016)
Excellent book for a beginner
I wanted a book with step by step description what to do since I was an absolute beginner int his technique. if that what you want too, look no further: this is your book! Excellent summary what you need to get started, very clear descriptions with color coded illustrations per step what to do and projects that gradually become more advanced. very happy with my purchase; highly recommend! Review by Maria (Posted on 3/22/2015)
I've been wanting to make Chain Maille bracelets but had difficulty following the directions. The directions in this book are very clear, including basics about jump rings: size, material, gauge, testing how the rings will behave while you work. The teaching projects are attractive pieces I would like to make. The techniques are well described with colors used to clearly display which rings are referenced in each step. Although I haven't had time to do much yet, I've enjoyed what I've done so far. As I advance, I can see that this book will continue to be a reference source for me. Review by Ann (Posted on 2/5/2015)
Very pleased
This book was exactly what I was looking for. I have literature that shows how to do most of these weaves, but most are kind of hard to read. I love that the rings in each step are printed in a different color so it makes it easier to see what the structure actually looks like. I am a very visual learner so this book is perfect for me! Well done! Review by Connie S (Posted on 1/11/2014)
A Great Resource for Beginning and Experienced Chain Maillers
I have been working with chain maille for a couple of years and have developed quite a collection of books on the subject, many of which are quite good. I thought this book looked interesting and added it to my collection. As it turns out, it may be the best book on making chain maille I have in my library to date. Ms. Karon's instructions are easy to follow, her explanations are clear, and the photography and artwork are stellar. I love the way the book is organized into types of weaves--Byzantine, European 4-in-1, Persian, etc.--each beginning with the basic weave and building to more complex variations in a logical progression that is ideal for learning. The projects used for illustration and practice are innovative and quite lovely. This book will easily take the beginner from the basics to creating stunning chain maille jewelry and the more experienced chain mailler will find useful tips on technique and ideas for great designs. Color me impressed. Review by Ann Byassee (Posted on 7/27/2012)
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