Roman Chain Weaving

Classic Loop-in-Loop

Roman Chain Weaving - also known as the Loop-in-Loop technique - creates chains that are strong, flexible, and silky using individual links that are woven together in a multitude of patterns.  It is NOT chainmaille.  Each of the links in the Roman weave style are fused or soldered closed (chainmaille is a pattern of connected links that are not permanently closed, fused, or soldered).

Sunday February 15, 2015

Sunday February 22, 2015

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL

Cost:  $85 per person for both days

The class is limited to a maximum of 16 students, so reserve your place!  A list of required materials is below.  If you have any questions about the materials or tools, please let me know.

On the first day we will learn how to make the loops needed to weave the patterns.  On the second day we will learn how to weave the various patterns and then shape and finish the chain.  If you have any questions, please email me at  This is one of my favorite workshops, and I hope you can join me!

Required materials:

1 ounce of 22 gauge fine silver wire, (NOT sterling silver)


22 gauge copper wire.

A small hand held refillable butane torch (can be found in plumbing section of Menards, Home Depot, etc.)

2 - small containers (mint tins work well)

Safety glasses if you have them.

If you have jewelry hand tools (pliers, files, side cutters) please bring them also.

The fine silver wire or copper wire can be ordered from the following vendor.  Please allow at least a week for the materials to arrive.  or (800)545-6566.

Fine silver wire 22 gauge, 1 ounce – item # 105-322

Copper wire 22 gauge, 1 lb. spool  – item # 132-322     


Sharing information, tips and techniques is a large part of what artist and educators are about.  I offer a selection of workshops in jewelry making techniques as well as tool making skills.  Listed below are some of the available workshops and the basic information (length of workshop, skills taught, equipment needed, student costs) for each workshop.  If you have a suggestion for a workshop or a topic you would love to learn, please email me and let me know.  I'll be happy to custom design the workshop you need!     


Custom Jewelry, One of A Kind Art

Additional Workshop Topics:


Cold Connections

Chain Weaving – Ancient Roman Chains

Metal As Your Canvas – Color On Metal

Etching Metal – Traditional and Non-Traditional Methods

Basic Tool Making For Metalworking



Cold Connections


This is a two day workshop.  It teaches the basic skills of metalworking: piercing, sawing, filing, sanding, polishing, texture, rivets, tabs, staples, and basic patination (coloration of metal). 

Students work with base metal (copper, brass) and complete a project.

Class size for this workshop is 5-20 students and requires working studio space.  Cost for this class is $145 per student.


Tools to Bring:       ( Basic jewelry making tools)

Saw frame    

Bench Pin and C clamp

Number 2 half round file

Set of needle files

Set of pliers (round nose, needle nose, flat nose)

Safety goggles






Chain Weaving Workshop


This is a two day workshop that works best when each day is a week apart (i.e. two Saturdays).  The first day covers preparing and making the links.  The second day covers the various patterns and weaving the chain.

Class size for this workshop is 5-20, and only requires enough table space for each student.  Cost for this workshop is $95 per student plus the cost of an ounce of fine silver wire.



Overview – Woven chains through history.

Selecting weave

Prepare dowel for wrapping wire.

Cut and fuse links.

Shape links.

Chain patterns.

            One way loop-in loop.

            Two way loop-in-loop.

            One way double loop-in-loop.

            Two way double loop-in-loop.

            Thai chain.

            Hammered loop-in-loop.

            Pinched loop (sailor’s chain).

            And more…


Materials/tools required for this workshop:

            Fine Silver Wire – 22 gauge.  (1 oz. = 16” necklace.)

Tools needed to bring:

            Solderite pad – 6” x 6” – must be free of all flux/dirt.

                        (available for purchase - $6.00)

            Hand held butane torch (example: Benzomatic, or crème brulee torch)

            Pliers – needle nose and flat nose.  (A bow-opening pliers is really handy,

                                    but optional.  Available for purchase - $30.00)

            Beading awl. (Available for purchase - $6.00)

            Small needle file – flat, knife edge, or barrette.

            Containers (2) with lids for cut and fused links.

            Magnifying visor (if desired).

            Safety goggles



Metal As Your Canvas

Color on Metal


This workshop will show you how to bring color to your metal work using basic painting and drawing materials.  This is a one day workshop

Class size for this workshop is 5-15 students and requires a sturdy hammering surface and table space for each student.  Cost for this workshop is $115 per student.



            Preparing the metal

            Preparing the canvas

            Color materials


Materials to bring:


            Safety goggles

            You may want to bring ear protection, if you have it.  It will be loud in the studio in the morning!





Etching on Metal

Traditional and Non-Traditional Methods


This workshop covers various methods used to etch base metal for surface decoration.  The workshop runs 1 or 2 days. 

Class size for this workshop is 10-20 students and requires working studio space.  Cost for this workshop is $115 per student for 1 day workshop, and $145 per student for two day workshop.


Etch Methods

            Metal Preparation

            PNP Photo Etch Method

            Silkscreen Method

            Wax Scraffito Method

            Stencil Methods

                        Paper cut-out

                        Electrical tape cut-out

            Painting Methods


                        Nail Polish

                        Paint Pen

                        Sharpie marker

                        India Ink


Materials to bring:


            Safety goggles





Basic Tool Making For Metal Working


This workshop covers ways to save money and make and alter tools for the metal working studio using easily available materials.  The workshop is a minimum of 2 days, and can run 3 days to cover all of the topics listed.

Class size for this workshop is 5-15 students and requires working studio space and equipment (including a large drill press, torch, sanding belt/disc, and Foredom equipment).  Cost for this workshop is $145 per student for a 2 day workshop, and $175 per student for 3 days.


Making:                                                                                          Tool Maintenance:                    

Riveting hammer                                                                            Clean/oil Flex Shaft

Tempered steel stamping tool/chasing tool                                      Replacing motor brushes on Flex Shaft

Sanding sticks                                                                                 Cleaning Files

Large Flat sanding surface                                                               Cleaning/oiling steel mandrels and blocks  

Burnishing tool

Bezel pusher

Custom shaped dapping block and punch                                


Tool Altering:                                                                                                Materials to Bring:


Polishing edges of files                                                                    Old fork or knife

Polishing edges of pliers                                                                 Files - large and needle files (old and new)

Coating pliers (w/silicone/rubber)                                                   Old, used jewelry pliers

Creating a tube cutting jig w/old pliers                                           Safety goggles

Creating texturing hammers                                                         Apron            


Other Tools and Modifications:                         

Anticlastic Stake

Swage Block

File handle modification                                        

Organizing for saw blade size                              

Quick Change texturing hammer                        

Quieting bracelet mandrel                         

Keeping flux container clean/moist

Keeping wire straight (also discuss saw blades)

Drilling holder                                                          

Polishing for small places             

Holding small stones for setting               

File cleaner                                                  

Sanding a tube level

Etching Stir/vibrate                                     

Wax model polisher