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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596686456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596686458
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Karon is a PMC Guild certified instructor. She studies and teaches classes at Metalwerx in Waltham, Massachusetts and also offers private chain maille jewelry classes. She's a contributor to Step-by-Step Jewelry magazine, Bead Style, and Art Jewelry. Karen lives in Massachusetts.


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The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
Patty Clay
This is a great book giving clear, illustrated instructions on each step of constructing the pieces, and providing inspiration for variations on the project as well!
J. Johnson
The information presented covers jump ring gauges, inner diameter, and aspect ratio.
Razine Wenneker

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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Jean Leslie on August 18, 2012
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Honestly, that would be Phong's but finally, here's a chain maille book devoted primarily to skills building instead of projects highlighting variations on a handful of techniques. My first book on chain maille was the classic "Great Wire Jewelry" by Irene From Peterson. Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop by Karen Karon seems to be the heir to Peterson's book. It's an anthology of chain maille weaves.

There are some excellent books and DVDs on chain maille jewelry currently on the market and those into chain maille already have them. Chained by Rebeca Mojica is probably the best not only because of the photography and stunning projects but also the quality of information and instruction. However, Chained doesn't feature the European 4 in 1 or any of the Persian Weaves but it covers the Japanese 12 in 2 which isn't in Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop.

Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop has few variations on the weaves.... it's devoted teaching a diverse number of classic weaves, not just 4 or 5 weaves before the author veers of on their own unique weaves. A good chain maille book will will go into the basics: wire guages, metal types, jump ring opening and closing and the math (yikes) of doing chain maille. Karon uses the following terms for inserting a new jump ring through the intersections created by previous jump rings: TE for through the eye and AE for around the eye are used when discussing the placement of rings using clear illustrations. She provides an in-depth discussion of the all important aspect ratio. .

Now for the chains.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By inaustria on August 16, 2012
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.... make it this one! I have many, many books on chain maille, but this one is in my opinion the best. The weaves are clearly described, both verbally and in easy to follow drawings, including clear instructions for Jens Pind, which I have had trouble finding. The projects could maybe be more exciting, but they illustrate each weave clearly, and that is more important, in my view.
Especially helpful are very lengthy tables listing aspect ratios, ring sizes, etc: by the far the most thorough that I have seen. A chapter devoted to finishing weaves and information about complementary findings rounds out a great book.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C. Sands on September 6, 2012
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I know I have spent at least $1500 on my library of jewelery books. I tend to use them for inspiration more than technique because no one book is really as detailed as I believe it should be.

I started stringing, then beading, then wire-wrapping, and now chain maille. I am so pleased with this book and think it may be one of the best books ever purchased. I have read MANY of these type of books and I am hard to please.

The introduction to materials and techniques is very thorough. The illustrations and explanations for each project are as easy to understand as possible given there is not someone in front of you actually showing you the technique. The graduation through the material is appropriate and relevant. And the designs are skill-building, versatile, and gorgeous.

I suspect any additional chain maille books I might buy will be for inspiration only. Had I purchased this one first, I might have foregone buying several others. The techniques I learn here will help me fashion many unique designs.

This is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it anyone that wants to learn this art form.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dynamonk on May 20, 2013
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This is the best chainmaille book I have found and I think I have them all. I am a GIA graduate and bench jeweler for over 25 years. Karen Karon has covered it all in this book it is the most complete, well engineered text I have found. Hats off to Ms Karon job well done! She has really thought the projects through, included information you need with jump ring sizes that make sense not some off the wall ID that I found in other books. I have completed several projects and they really look great, her instructions are easy to follow, I have learned more from this one book than most of the other 20 or so in my library. I make all my jump rings with a "Pepe" jump ring maker, and cut them with a flex shaft so ID of 3.5 mm, 4.00 mm are easy to make. She sticks to 18, 16 gauge for many of the designs which are much easier to stock and use for other designs. This book is for the beginner and the seasoned jeweler. A must for any workshop that weaves wire! Thank you for all your hard work and attention to detail Ms Karon.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Hughes on September 17, 2012
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Really, clear, easy to understand instructions. Excellent diagrams and helpful hints like the starting aids.
Seems to cover every type of chain maille weave you could want.
I'm brand new at chain maille but have already successfully done 5 different weaves. I'm hooked!
I'm really glad that I chose this book among those offered on Amazon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Landino on February 15, 2013
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I had been debating between this book and another, but I am so happy that I chose this one after reading many reviews of each. The book has the most comprehensive chain maille instructions using diagram/CGI rather than pictures, using different colors to show different rings. There are a few weaves that I still don't understand like Jen's Pind, but that's a complicated weave to understand for many people. The bast part about the book is that it contains instructions for the base weaves and with an understanding of wire and beading, the reader can easily add beads and various weave combinations. A lot of other chain maille books have very specific designs that don;t translate into other combinations. Not only does the book teach you the fundamentals of each weave family, but also contains extremely helpful tables that will eliminate a lot of math and will allow you to better gauge wire diameter (inner & outer) as well as Aspetic Ratio if you don't have enough information to complete the aspect ratio equation (especially if you know the wire gauge, but don't have calipers available. I would love to see another book just like this one with additional weaves from Karon. For unusual, artist-created weaves visit[...]and check out the library!
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