The Byzantine chain maille is one of the oldest and most popular patterns used for jewelry through the centuries. It is made using specific sized jump rings that are woven in a particular pattern.
No experience is necessary to make this bracelet. Instructor will show you the proper way to open and close jump rings to ensure the completion of a professional piece of jewelry. The kit includes all the jump rings and a clasp to make a substantial looking bracelet up to eight inches.
Tools required are two pairs of pliers, both chain nose and/or bent nose. (Please bring a bead mat or fabric place mat for your working surface.) If you don’t have tools, you may borrow them from Spectrum Art Gallery during the class.
Register now to reserve your place as space is limited.
Date: Sunday, February 28
Cost: $45 plus Bracelet Kit fee of $35 paid directly to the instructor; Members save $4
Teaching Artist, Lynn Sheft has spent her adult life in the creative field, first as an award-winning senior copywriter and creative director for South Florida’s leading advertising agencies responsible for such major accounts as Burger King, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Orient Lines, Carnival, Crock-Pot, Mayor’s Jewelers, and Aronow Powerboats.While raising her daughter, she discovered her other creative talents. Having watercolor paints out for her little girl, she tried them herself and enjoyed the challenge.Consequently, she took evening classes for two years learning the method of dry glazing to create realistic still life, landscape and portrait painting. When her daughter became a teen, the two of them took a basic class in making jewelry.She has been designing jewelry ever since.
It has been 25 years since Lynn made her first necklace. She has sold her jewelry in gift shops, fashion boutiques and commissioned pieces in South Florida until 2012 when she moved to Connecticut. Her designs are one-of-a-kind and feature natural semi-precious stones, pearls, Czech glass beads, Swarovski crystals, seed beads, and artistic lampwork beads. Metals of choice are sterling silver, Argentium silver, 14K gold and gold-filled, silver plate, pewter, brass, copper, and bronze. In 2017, she found her “happy place” when she was recruited by Bead Hive proprietor Rena Mulrain. Today, Lynn’s jewelry may be found at gift shops and Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, CT. When Lynn isn’t making jewelry, she is wool felting or writing fiction. She has written two suspense novels that are looking for a home with a literary agent. Her current project is a historical novel. Lynn makes her home with her family in Madison, CT.