Chain Maille

This beautiful and satisfying technique allows you to create a wide variety of jewellery by interlinking rings in unlimited creative ways.

On this course you will create chain maille jewellery using a diverse range of useful techniques, along the way learning everything you need to know to create your own deigns in the future.

Melanie Arundel qualified to teach too many years ago to say, and has been teaching for over 25 years. Although she loves a wide range of mediums, chain maille is her specialist technique.

Chain Maille

The course is limited to six places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.


Day 1. The course will start with a demonstration of the basic principles of making chain maille jewellery. After practicing these principles students will make a parallel chain bracelet and a pair of silver earrings. Aspect ratio, an important part of chain making, will be covered fully in this course. We will then move to the versatile Byzantine chain and will look at using this in a variety of ways. Finishing your jewellery to a high standard using a variety of techniques will be demonstrated. At the end of the day we will finish with looking at the best ways of polishing your chain maille.

Day 2. On day 2 we will move to the spiral and vertebra chains and will finish with a Japanese maille motif. Other kits will be available for purchase during the course.


Skills you will learn

All fundamental chain maille jewellery techniques, giving unlimited possibilities

How to produce a range of different chain maille weaves

A clear understanding of aspect ratio

Techniques for finishing and polishing chain maille jewellery

Parallel chain

Byzantine chain

Spiral chain

Vertebra chain

Japanese maille

Jewellery you will create

A parallel chain bracelet

A pair of silver earrings

Byzantine chain

Spiral and vertebra chains

A Japanese maille motif

Materials costs

Materials and clasps for the projects will be produced in copper and enamelled copper plus a silver kit and clasp to take home will be £90.

The cost of the kits also include the pliers and mat for the students to take with them so there is no need to bring anything but yourself.