Chain Making: From Simple to Complex

July 28 - August 1, 2023

Chain Making: From Simple to Complex


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $90

Come explore ways to manipulate wire for chain making and three-dimensional structures. Using brass, copper and sterling silver wire we’ll learn how to utilize 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. Lessons will cover: making jump rings, cold-connected and soldered chain links, pick soldering, strategizing solder seams, work hardening, and choosing the right kind of wire for your chain. Each participant should leave with several finished wearable chains. This class is open to beginners and will cover basic metalsmithing techniques, as well as more advanced techniques for those who have some experience.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Emily Rogstad

Emily was born and raised in the village of East Calais in Vermont. She graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry from Maine College of Art. After some traveling she moved to Penland School of Crafts for the two year Core Fellowship. Now a resident of Asheville, North Carolina she spends her time enjoying the mountains and maintaining an inquisitive studio practice while working as a professional jeweler. Emily’s repetitious habit of sketching structures and patterns has informed her latest body of work, using wire and line to create planes and define space.

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