Chainmaille Jewelry Making GutsyGuide: Mastering the Basics
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Chainmaille Jewelry Making GutsyGuide: Mastering the Basics

Everything you need to begin creating your own beautiful chainmaille, starting with 10 original projects in this course!
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Last updated 5/2017
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Includes:
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 13 Articles
  • 70 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Demonstrate proficiency in all the chainmaille basics, including tools, terminology, methods and techniques
  • Construct basic chains in multiple combinations and configurations
  • Complete ten different projects using simple chains including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, keychains, hath panjas, ankle bracelets and lariats
  • Create your own gorgeous chainmaille designs using the techniques and styles in this course
  • Adapt One Ring At A Time (ORAAT) weaving into Speedweaving
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Requirements
  • The desire to learn chainmaille and have fun doing it
  • Students will need to purchase certain tools and supplies. I've outlined everything you will need in the free preview.
Description

This is a comprehensive, in-depth course with over 60 core lectures. If you're looking for a thorough foundation in the timeless art of chainmaille, this is the course for you. Absolutely no experience is necessary to succeed in this course! All you need are some tools, supplies and the desire to become a proficient chainmailler! 

In this course, you will:

  • Learn about jump rings, tools, metals, aspect ratio and basic techniques.
  • Construct seven different types of chain with multiple variations of each.
  • Practice One-Ring-At-A-Time (ORAAT) Weaving and Speedweaving
  • Follow detailed, step-by-step instructions to create ten of my original designs using only the simplest of weaves.

This course provides material that is targeted to all types of learners. Whether you learn best by seeing, hearing, reading or doing, this GutsyGuide presents concepts and examples in ways that will make sense to you.

Projects include:

  • 3 pairs of earrings
  • 1 ankle bracelet
  • 1 keychain
  • 1 ring
  • 1 bracelet
  • 1 necklace (with a bonus project of matching earrings)
  • 1 lariat necklace
  • 1 hath panja (with a bonus conversion to a barefoot sandal)

Once you purchase this course, you are welcome to reproduce any of the projects to make for yourself, as gifts for family and friends, or even to sell for profit!

All necessary tools and supplies are outlined in the free previews and I have provided links to the actual items you'll see me use in this course. Alternatively, I offer a kit that includes all of these items in a single purchase - I have provided a link to this as well as a discount code for $20 off the purchase price.

Remember, you will have lifetime access to the course material, so you will be able to come back to it at your leisure to watch and review. You will also have access to me as your instructor to ask questions, give or receive feedback and share your designs.

Enrollment in this course is 100% risk free since your purchase includes a 30-day money back guarantee!

Can't wait to see you in class! We're gonna have so much fun!! :)

*A portion of the proceeds from every GutsyGuide sale goes directly to nonprofits that elevate women and girls*

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn the timeless art of chainmaille
  • Chainmaille newbies who have never held a pair of pliers
  • Chainmaille dabblers who are looking for a strong foundation in the basics before moving on to more complex weaves
  • Although all are welcome, experienced chainmaillers will probably benefit more from my intermediate and advanced courses.
  • This course completely prepares the student to learn intermediate and advanced weaves, but those weaves are not included in this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
63 Lectures
03:12:02
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Chainmaille Basics - The Foundation
5 Lectures 18:10

Welcome to your Chainmaille GutsyGuide: Mastering the Basics!

Preview 03:22

In this lesson, I provide you with an explanation of chainmaille as well as some examples.

Preview 02:11

After completing this lecture, you will be able to discern between types of pliers as well as determine which chainmaille pliers are best for you.

Preview 02:18

In this lesson, I explain the different types of metal that are commonly used in chainmaille as well as make suggestions about what metals are best for beginners.

Preview 06:29

This is a comprehensive list of everything you will need to be successful in this course. Each item in the downloadable pdf includes a link for purchase. Links are not available in the free preview.

Preview 03:50

A review of basic chainmaille concepts.

Chainmaille Basics - The Foundation
4 questions
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Chainmaille Basics - Hands On
4 Lectures 12:25

In this lesson, I will cover topics such as wire gauge, ring size, inner diameter and outer diameter. I will also discuss important things to consider when buying jump rings.

Preview 03:56

A basic description of chainmaille aspect ratio and why it matters.

Preview 02:44

In this lesson, I go over some terms and phrases that you will hear me use throughout the course.

Preview 02:17

After completing this lecture, you will be able to demonstrate the proper technique to open and close jump rings.

Preview 03:28

Chainmaille Basics - Hands On
6 questions
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Making Chain
8 Lectures 26:13

This list includes everything that you will need for this section as well as the next section on speedweaving. Links for purchase are included for each item in the downloadable pdf, but not in the free preview.

Preview 00:16

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate the 1-1-1 chain.

Preview 02:25

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate the 1-2-1 chain.

Preview 03:02

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate the 2-2-2 chain.

Preview 03:18

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate the 2-3-2 chain.

Preview 03:49

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate the 3-3-3 chain.

Preview 04:05

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate the 3-4-3 chain.

Preview 04:36

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate the 4-4-4 chain.

Preview 04:42

Making Chain
3 questions
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Principles of Speedweaving
6 Lectures 20:19

In this lecture, I explain and demonstrate how to break down a weave into its simplest parts, then combine steps to save time and motion. The 1-1-1 and 1-2-1 chains are taught in this lecture.

Preview 05:04

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the 2-2-2 chain.

Preview 02:24

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the 2-3-2 chain.

Preview 02:22

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the 3-3-3 chain.

Preview 02:53

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the 3-4-3 chain.

Preview 03:47

In this lecture, I teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the 4-4-4 chain.

Preview 03:49

Principles of Speedweaving
3 questions
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Project 1 - Ombre Earrings
3 Lectures 06:48

This list includes everything that you will need to make the Ombre Earrings. Links for purchase are included for each item in the downloadable pdf, but not in the free preview.

Preview 00:24

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate weaving the Ombre Earrings using the ORAAT method.

Weaving the Ombre Earrings One Ring at a Time (ORAAT)
03:36

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the Ombre Earrings.

Speedweaving the Ombre Earrings
02:48
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Project 2 - Mini Link Ring
4 Lectures 08:22

This list includes everything that you will need to make the Mini Link Ring. Links for purchase are included for each item in the downloadable pdf, but not in the free preview.

Preview 00:23

In this lesson, I will teach, explain and demonstrate the important factors in determining correct sizes for a chainmaille ring.

Determining Chainmaille Ring Size
01:21

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate weaving the Mini Link Ring using the ORAAT method.

ORAAT Weaving the Mini Link Ring
03:19

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the Mini Link Ring.

Speedweaving the Mini Link Ring
03:19
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Project 3 - Stretchy Keychain
2 Lectures 03:04

This list includes everything that you will need to make the Stretchy Keychain. Links for purchase are included for each item in the downloadable pdf, but not in the free preview.

Preview 00:18

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the Stretchy Keychain.

Speedweaving the Stretchy Keychain
02:46
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Project 4 - Twisted Gunmetal Bracelet
3 Lectures 10:36

This list includes everything that you will need to make the Twisted Gunmetal Bracelet. Links for purchase are included for each item in the downloadable pdf, but not in the free preview.

Preview 00:21

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate weaving the Twisted Gunmetal Bracelet using the ORAAT method.

ORAAT Weaving the Twisted Gunmetal Bracelet
05:22

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the Twisted Gunmetal Bracelet.

Speedweaving the Twisted Gunmetal Bracelet
04:53
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Project 5 - Textured Circlet Dangle Earrings
3 Lectures 05:28

This list includes everything that you will need to make the Textured Circlet Dangle Earrings. Links for purchase are included for each item in the downloadable pdf, but not in the free preview.

Preview 00:43

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate weaving the Textured Circlet Dangle Earrings using the ORAAT method.

ORAAT Weaving the Textured Circlet Dangle Earrings
02:32

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the Textured Circlet Dangle Earrings.

Speedweaving the Textured Circlet Dangle Earrings
02:13
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Project 6 - Shaggy Loop Beaded Ankle Bracelet
4 Lectures 11:11

This list includes everything that you will need to make the Shaggy Loop Beaded Ankle Bracelet. Links for purchase are included for each item in the downloadable pdf, but not in the free preview.

Preview 00:35

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate weaving the Shaggy Loop Beaded Ankle Bracelet using the ORAAT method.

ORAAT Weaving the Shaggy Ankle Bracelet
04:45

In this lecture, I will teach, explain and demonstrate speedweaving the Shaggy Loop Beaded Ankle Bracelet.

Speedweaving the Shaggy Ankle Bracelet
02:26

In this lesson, I will demonstrate adding the embellishment rings and beads to the Shaggy Loop Beaded Ankle Bracelet.

Adding Embellishment Rings and Beads
03:25
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About the Instructor
Heather Rivera, M.Ed.
4.6 Average rating
7 Reviews
35 Students
3 Courses
Artist, Designer and Owner at GutsyGirl Designs

As a Jersey girl who transplanted to Dallas, Texas, then Cleveland, Ohio, and now Cape Coral, Florida, I’ve taken my quirky creativity everywhere I’ve been. From obsessively making macramé string bracelets at nine to crocheting massive afghans at twenty to madly chainmailling every jump ring I see in my late 30s to joyfully wire-wrapping shells and gemstones at (ahem) forty-something…I’ve been creating with my hands for as long as I can remember.

To me, there is something so meditative and therapeutic about taking what seems like a million disjointed pieces and unifying them into a single cohesive piece. I can (and do) sit in the same spot for hours, utterly and blissfully focused on whatever my hands are working on.

I currently have two jewelry brands - Captibel Designs, which features starfish and shell jewelry from Sanibel and Captiva; as well as the edgier GutsyGirl Jewelry, which offers chainmaille, washermaille and captured crystal. My work has been presented in many juried  group exhibits in multiple US states. I am also part owner and managing member of the wonderful Harbour View Gallery in Cape Coral. I have three bachelor's degrees and a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology.

My purpose in developing and producing these GutsyGuides is to not only show you how to make particular projects, but also (and more importantly) to teach you skills that will enable you to invent your own. I have the monopoly on nothing, but I do have a substantial amount of knowledge to pass on. Since my jewelry design is all self-taught, much of that knowledge has been hard fought and hard won as I (painfully) figured it out through (sometimes very expensive!) trial and error. I'm hoping I can help you avoid some of that pain!

It feels fantastic to create and I believe that everyone is creative. If you have read this far into my bio, you will probably benefit from what I have to offer. It doesn't matter whether you are enjoying jewelry design as a hobby or looking to develop a productive business. My vision is to enrich the creativity that you already possess with new techniques and skills that will catapult your jewelry design to the next level.

See you in class!!

*A portion of the proceeds from every GutsyGuide sale goes directly to nonprofits that elevate women and girls!*