Chain Maille

Chain Maille – Roy Deere

Wildacres – July 23-29, 2017

Beginning, Intermediate, and Fused Chain-Maillé classes will be offered at the same time in August. Your projects will match your experience. Beginning and Intermediate class information is located below. Fused Chain-Maillé descriptions are located in the August Fused Chain-Maillé class. The fused class is open to all levels.

Beginning Chain-Maillé Jewelry

This class will provide the student with an introduction to one of the popular and fastest growing areas of jewelry making. Chain-Maillé Jewelry is based upon the protective armor worn by medieval knights. The old designs have been updated and used with precious metals to make beautiful chains, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. These are easily made and do not require any soldering. Students will learn the proper way to open/close jump rings, basic patterns of linking the rings to form intricate chains, and finishing techniques to make the chains into wearable jewelry. The class will consist of a couple of pre-selected projects to teach the basic techniques followed by other projects which each student can individually select. Kits with pre-cut jump rings will be provided for the pre-selected projects. Students will also learn to cut their own jump rings. Wire to cut the jump rings for the remaining projects will be available or students can bring their own wire. Most projects will be done in Sterling Silver; but students can choose other metals.

Students should bring an Optivisor or other magnifying aid and 2 smooth jawed pliers. On average, students can expect to complete 5 or more projects.

Due to the current high prices for Silver & Gold, other metals such as Silver Filled copper & aluminum will be offered in addition to Silver and Gold-Filled.

A lab fee of $50 covers the 2 beginning kits, an extensive set of class notes and chain designs, and class consumables such as saw blades. Total cost of the class can range from $50 to $150 depending upon the student’s choice of projects.

Prerequisite – No experience necessary.

Intermediate Chain-Maillé Jewelry

This class assumes that the student is proficient in cutting jump rings, opening/closing jump rings, and linking the rings into chains. The class will introduce the student to such advanced techniques as non-round jump ring shapes, jump rings made from different wire shapes, beaded enhancements, mixed metals, dangles, drapes, and many other enhancement techniques that can be applied to traditional designs to make them very unique. We will also examine some more complicated patterns and learn approaches to doing them which make the process much easier. The class will consist of one pre-selected project utilizing non-round jump rings followed by other projects which each student can individually select. The class notes will present many different suggestions for projects that feature the techniques that are presented in the class.

Students should bring an Optivisor or other magnifying aid and their own pliers that they are comfortable with using for chain work. Students may bring their own wire or wire and all types of enhancement items will be available in the class.

Due to the current high prices for Silver & Gold, other metals such as Silver Filled copper & aluminum will be offered in addition to Silver and Gold-Filled.

A lab fee of $40 covers the non-round project kit, an extensive set of class notes and chain designs, and class consumables such as saw blades. Total cost of the class can range from $75 to $250 depending upon the student’s choice of projects.

Lots of patterns are available so repeating students can find plenty of new things to make.

Prerequisite – Beginning Chain-Maillé Jewelry or other experience with chain making.

Fused Chain-Maille

In the Fused Chain-Maillé class we will explore the construction of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings which have all of their ends “soldered” together. All of the work will be done with Argentium wire. Argentium is a special class of Sterling Silver that has Germanium added to replace a small amount of the Copper in the Sterling. This changes some of the properties of the silver. Specifically it allows the silver to be fused. This allows us to join the ends of a ring without having to fool with solder. It only requires smooth ends on the ring and heat on the joint.

Working with fused links allows us to do many different things that we are unable to do in Chain-Maille. For example, it is extremely easy to fuse the ends of a ring and then strech it into an oval shape with pliers. This gives us many different shapes to work with in our designs.

Materials Needed: 20ga, 18ga, 16ga, & 14ga Argentium Wire. Students who have this should bring it to the class. The instructor will have materials which can be purchased.

A lab fee of $100 covers the first project kit, an extensive set of class notes and chain designs, fusing tools, and class consumables such as saw blades. Also included in the lab fee are the following items which the student can take home to continue the work from this course (a professional torch that generates small flames, a large butane can, a solder brick, and a solder pick). Total cost of the class can range from $100 to $300 depending upon the student’s choice of projects.

Prerequisites: Soldering experience & Chain-Maille experience would be helpful; but are not required.

Maximum No. of Students: 6

Roy Deere Bio –

Roy is a retired Computer Software Development Manager. During his career he designed and managed complex software systems for a wide variety of clients. His clients included NASA, several government agencies, numerous large industrial corporations and several electric utilities. He is also an experienced instructor having managed technical training and taught user level classes throughout his entire professional career.

Roy is a Past President of the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies (SFMS) and has been actively involved in SFMS activities for 32 years. He has attended numerous SFMS workshops at Wildacres and William Holland. He has also served as registrar and director at SFMS Wildacres workshops and has served as SFMS Education Director. As an instructor, Roy has taught Opal Cutting, Cabbing, Faceting, and Beginning/Advanced/Fused Chain-Maille’ Jewelry at SFMS workshops.

Roy has been an active member of the Canaveral Mineral & Gem Society (CM&GS) in Melbourne, FL for over 34 years. He has served as the education and workshop director and the newsletter editor for CM&GS. He currently teaches Chain-Maille’ Jewelry (Beginning/Advanced/Fused), Enameling, Opal Cutting, Metal Fusing, and Intarsia at the CMGS workshops.

Roy is also a competitive exhibitor who has won numerous masters’ level trophies at both SFMS, South Central Federation of Mineralogical Societies (SCFMS), and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) competitions. He has won trophies in Opal Cutting, Wire Wrapped Jewelry, and Minerals. He is a certified SFMS and AFMS judge. Roy has served as the chairman of the AFMS Uniform Rules (for judging) committee.

Roy is an accomplished artisan in the following jewelry areas: Chain-Maille’, Wire Wrapping, Faceting, Cabbing, Silversmithing, Goldsmithing, Casting, Enameling, Channel Work, Intarsia, and Precious Metal Clay (PMC). He has presented numerous programs on techniques in these areas as well as teaching or assisting with classes in each area.

Roy’s current passion is mixed media Chain-Maille’ Jewelry. His unique Chain-Maille’ Jewelry designs are enhanced by the incorporation of other items such as Crystals, Fused Glass, Beads, PMC, and Fused Chain-Maille’.