Introduction to Chainmaille

May 13 - May 14, 2023

Introduction to Chainmaille


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $375
Material Fee: $55

This weekend workshop will provide you with everything you will need to learn the fundamental techniques of chainmaille, as well as to continue it on your own at home. You will obtain an understanding of how to weave jump rings together into various patterns and chain types, as well as the formulas required to lay out specific designs of your own. We will work mainly with copper, steel, and aluminum; however, please feel free to bring silver to work with if you’d like. This workshop is designed for those with no chainmaille experience, however if you have some prior experience this will be a great refresher to expand on those skills. Please be aware that a small amount of grip strength is required to hold and use the pliers.

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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Talya Kantro

Talya Kantro is an object maker and jeweler currently based in Providence, RI. She received her MFA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2021, and her BFA in Metal from SUNY New Paltz in 2017. She has been working with metal for over 15 years. Talya has worked as a bench jeweler for Artemer Studio in Tel Aviv and has taught metalsmithing at numerous craft schools and institutions, including RISD as a graduate instructor, Snowfarm, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft where she completed an 11-month residency, and Peters Valley School of Craft where she was the Fine Metals Artist Fellow in 2021 & 2022. When she’s not in the studio, you can probably find her roaming around the woods identifying all the different species of birds that she can.


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