Practical Applications of Chainmaille (9 Hours)

Practical chainmaille

Chainmaille has recently been popularized in jewelry applications, but it was originally used for making armor. It can even be used to create sculptures, lampshades, clothing, or even to make heat shields for exoplanetary rovers! Students will learn how to weave European 4 in 1, Japanese 12 in 2, and scale mail for use in making shapes suitable for armor, sculpture, or other applications. Students will learn to use the European 4 in 1 and scale mail weaves with butted rings, which can later be used to create decorative armor items such as a shirt, coif, or leather-laced bracers suitable for costuming or LARP. Increasing and decreasing, joining of pieces, and shaping will be covered. Also use Japanese 12 in 2 weave to create sculptural elements, including free-form or box shapes, such as a jelly cube fidget toy. Jewelry pliers and materials will be provided.


7/12/22–7/19/22, TTh, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
$60 plus $30 supply fee      Instructor: McKinney
Yancey                                           828.682.7315

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