Saturday, February 20, 2021
1:00 - 5:00 pm PST
Instructor: Julia Lowther
Zoom link and instructions for joining the call will be emailed 1 day prior to class.
The class supply list is below and contains links to buy the supplies you need.
The elegant and densely slinky Oval Chain has lovely braided edges and a classic armor maille look to the top and bottom. You will learn how to start the mirror image edge parts (a tricky business!) and then how to weave them together to form the final oval shaped chain that makes a deliciously substantial bracelet. This intermediate-level pattern is particularly striking as a chain made with two different colors of rings (roughly a 1:2 ratio of colors).
Spend a convivial interlude with friends new and old, and finish with fabulous new jewelry to enjoy yourself or delight a gift recipient.
Because such a shortlist of simple hand tools is required to make a very diverse selection of patterns, chain making is an ideal, and relatively portable, activity to continue enjoying long beyond the close of the class.
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced. You should be comfortable making basic chain patterns before tackling this one.
Supply List for Students
The links below will take you to RioGrande.com or other suppliers. To see prices for precious metal items, you need a free Rio Grande account. Registered Little Metal Foxes students can access the Rio for Schools program for significant savings (discounts and flat-rate shipping). This site may contain Amazon and other affiliate links. If you purchase something through the link, at no cost to you, we may receive a small commission on qualifying purchases.
- TWO pairs of pliers with springs & inside jaws smooth and flat
- Pre-cut rings. Choose ONE or TWO ring COLORS (bracelet looks cool with a mix of colors ~ ⅓ one color to ⅔ another color)
Check package (per pack) quantities to be sure you have enough rings! (36 links/inch)
Bracelet: 250-300 rings
REMEMBER! If you buy rings somewhere else or make your own, it’s okay to have a slightly larger ID (inner diameter), but a smaller ID will NOT work!
Working Aids. These will help you stabilize your chain as you learn.
- About 6" of thin wire (cut into 2 pieces)
OR a twist tie and a large darning needle
- Findings: bracelet clasp (here is a simple option) Hook & eye clasp - sterling - 696587