Anne Mitchell | Creative Chain-Making: exploring the nuances of heavy gauge fine silver fusing| Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday, February 5 2020 | 9 am until 4:30 pm


My journey into chain making began over twenty years ago when I started exploring chain maille patterns. Attempting to wrap my head around aspect ratio hurt at first until I realized that it might not all have to be about math; in reality it had everything to do with proportion. “What would look right!” As I started to delve into making my own jewelry and teaching these techniques, I grew to love making more complex and intricate chains for the pendants I was making.
One of the first movement chains that I created was a PMC based chain that linked single PMC rings together with double fine silver rings. The double rings lent movement and dimension to the necklace. As I started to work with lampwork beads I tried to make chains that not only stretched my own abilities but let the bead be the focal point of the creation.  My love of setting faceted semi-precious stones also let me dive into making chains that would set off the stone as well as grounding the setting.
In the two days of class,  we will make three chains and will dive into proportion and working with fine silver round wire. I will show you my tricks for fusing these complex patterns together. We will utilize everything from 16 to 10 gauge wire in our creations.
••• If desired, participants can bring finished pendants to attach to the chains that are made in the class! •••

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Instructor: Anne Mitchell

Date of Class: February 4 and February 5, 2020

Time: 9:00 am until 4:30 pm

Class Fee: $330

Student Level: Advanced beginner – experience with a butane torch is required

Type: project-oriented

Kit Fee: $150 (payable to instructor at class time)

Instructor will have the following for use in class

Instructor supplies all materials and tools for student use including wire and pre-cut rings for three chains.

Student Supply List

Each student will be provided a complete workstation for personal use in class including tools, materials, and supplies.

Optional Supply List

Work light and extension cord

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SJ Jewelry Supply in Phoenix is owned and operated by a wonderful family, headed by Mario Morales. His wife, Erika, and son, Steven, round out the staff, and they are excited to help make gathering your supplies easy and stress free. We guarantee they will make life easier for you! No kidding!

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  • Once you have determined what you will need for each class, send an email with your request for products and/or tools to SJ Jewelry Supply
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