MAKE-DAY: Silver Chain Mail Earrings 21 SEPT

Date: Saturday 21 September, 2024

Start Time: 10:00am

End Time: 4:30pm

Venue: FORGE

You will be guided through making a pair of drop earrings, learning a simple chainmail technique initially, building up to the the option to create a more intricate decorative design at the end of the earring. Options will be provided to suit how confident you are feeling! You will also learn to solder the earring post and base.

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What will I Learn?

You will make a pair of drop earrings created with a chainmail design.

What will happen on the days?

You will start the day with a tea or coffee and croissant whilst getting to know your fellow makers and looking at examples of what you will be making. You will also be supplied with everything you need including soldering equipment, silver, jewellery pliers and packaging to take your creation away in!

In the first hour and a half you will learn some simple soldering. Turning silver wire into a wearable earring base!

Then, you will begin to build the body of the earring onto your base. You will be learning a basic chainmail technique. First Katherine will demonstrate the process using large scale links which will make the technique clear to follow. You will then translate this into jewellery sized links to build up the “drop” part of your earring.

Once you have reached the drop depth you want, hopefully you will be feeling confident in the steps and ready to try mixing up the chainmail technique! Katherine will provide you with a few options of ways to decorate the end of your earring - ranging in complexity.

What skills do I need?

Difficulty Level: EASY/MEDIUM

No previous experience needed, just a steady hand, a little patience and willingness to give it a go! Don't worry if you feel you're not artistic or creative, you will be taken through the whole process step by step.

What should I bring?

  • Reading glasses (if you need them!) 

  • Notebook & Pen/Pencil

What should I wear? 

Clothes: Casual and not too precious as they may get a bit dusty or damaged.  Avoid long, loose fitting sleeves and anything that might catch or get caught whilst you are working.

Shoes: Casual flat shoes and no open toed sandals.

Hair: Tie long hair back.

Who is my instructor?

Katherine James is an artist and jewellery maker based in Leeds. She is best known for her unique re-imaginings of the chainmail technique which she uses to create everything from human scale sculptures to tiny and intricate jewellery pieces.

How do I get there? 

See contact page for details on public transport and parking.