Introduction to Hand Forged Chainmaking
Class Date: Friday July 15th
Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Instructor: Jennifer Wolfe / Kat Sumpton
In this 1-day workshop you’ll learn how to:
- Make and solder jump rings into a basic link-in link-chain.
- Create variation in your chain making through wire gauge, link size, shape
- Finish your chains so they’re sturdy and stunning.
There’s no need to buy boring, store-bought chain. Join us and learn the art of chain making in this beginner level forging class. Create a beautiful classic handmade forged chain by forging and bending flattened sections of sterling silver wire to create individual shaped links. Links will be joined by jump rings to create a bracelet.
Come explore ways to manipulate wire for chain making. Using sterling silver wire, we’ll learn how to use hand tools, pliers and mandrels to form different chain links and jump rings. Then we’ll fire up the torch and learn techniques for soldering wire and building more complex chain structures. This workshop will cover making jump rings, cold-connected and soldered chain links, strategizing solder seams, work hardening, and choosing the right kind of wire for your chain. This class is open to beginners and will cover basic metalsmithing techniques, as well as more advanced techniques for those who have some experience.
No previous experience required.
Workshop Fee: $195 to $225 +HST per person, includes kit fee for materials (fee depends on which bracelet is chosen)
Registration & Cancellation Policy
How to Register:
Sign up and pay for the workshop via this page.
A signed waiver will be required to proceed in any workshop.
Minimum age of workshop participation is 16.
Minimum 3 students must be registered for the course to run. Maximum 8 students.
Class Cancellation Policy:
If you need to cancel or reschedule a class, our CANCELLATION POLICY depends on the time until the scheduled class:
- Up to a week, a refund will be issued minus a $15 cancellation fee, or a credit will be given to attend a future workshop. Workshop credits must be used within a 60-day period after cancellation, or it will be forfeited.
- Within 48 hours, no refund or credit is given.
We may reschedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified, and the fees will be refunded.