Chain – Loop n Loop – Chuck Bruce
William Holland – June 9-14, 2019
In this class, students will learn how to coil, form, cut and fuse/solder fine or sterling silver rings, to make loops, then form and weave the loops to make simple and complex chains. We will explore 4 different patterns:
• Roman Fold- over,
• Single Fold-over (Foxtail),
• Double Fold-over (Foxtail)
• and Sailors Knot
Students should be able finish a bracelet and pair of earrings in each. (These ancient beautiful designs are quite different from chain maille). There should also be time for additional projects or necklace versions of these chains. Tools will be provided for use, if you have your own tools, your welcome to bring them.
Lab fee includes kits (fine or Sterling silver material, findings for closures and earrings) for the chains covered, a fusing block, scribe for manipulating the rings, wooden draw plate, beads for earrings and storage bags for unused rings. This fee also covers paste solder used in class. If you mess material up, hand back to me and get new, makes learning a lot easier (without fear). Kits will also contain enough material to make 1 or 2 pair of earrings. Other kits will be available for sale such as necklace versions in each, and other chain styles with kits.
Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimate Material Cost: $100 to $300
Prerequisites: Previous Silver I Class skills are helpful, but not required
With a background in interior design and fashion merchandising, Chuck turned his passion to jewelry. He is faculty at Berea Festival of Learnshops, Indianapolis Art Center, Kentucky Guild of Artist and Craftsman, besides William Holland. He has taken classes in cabochons, advanced chain making, chasing & repousse, cold connections, design, fold forming, gold, granulation, lost wax casting, opals, inlay, intarsia, silver I & II, spool knitting and steel tools from William Holland Lapidary school, Society of Midwest Metalsmiths, Indianapolis Arts Center and FC Drea Design, Artist Row Studios. He has spent 15 years silversmithing/lapidary as a Midwest regional artist in Indiana. He exhibits his work in local art fairs, Art in Hand Co-op, and galleries. An active member of Indiana Artisan, Indy Metalsmith, Kentucky Guild of Artist and Craftsman, and Society of Midwest Metalsmith.