DATE: October 18, 2015
9am - 1pm
INSTRUCTOR: Jamie Santellano
TO SIGN UP FOR A CLASS:
JAMIE'S VIDEO ON CHAINMAILLE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3It7TEvdVzo&feature=youtu.beWhat is Chainmaille? This question has been asked over and over again, and I'd like to show you the basics of how it is made, and give you an understanding of what can be done with it. Chainmaille is a metal mesh armor that was used in the 14th century to shield the body from spears, arrows, broadswords, and other weapons.
Each student will receive a starter kit with that includes anodized aluminum jump rings, a clasp, toothpicks, twisty ties, and a handout. Tools will be available on loan for the duration of the class. You may bring your own pliers if you like, and in this case be sure to bring two pairs of non-serrated chain nose pliers. These can be purchased at your local craft shop supplier.
As we explore the various uses of chainmaille in this beginner level workshop we will be making a piece of sheet mail using the European 4-in-1 pattern to get your hands working with simple tools and materials. Next we will take the European 4-in-1 to the next level by making a round-mail bracelet. By the end of this workshop you will have a basic understanding of how to position pliers in your hands for comfort, close jumprings with snag-free seams, and put some of these techniques to use by creating some simple pieces of Chainmaille.