Modern chainmaking jewelry class at Silver Peak Studio in Louisville CO

Modern Chainmaking

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A Creative Exploration of Hand-Fabricated Chains

Bracelets and necklaces are typically used to display a piece of jewelry, but they can also be unique manifestations of jewelry themselves. The process of creating a chain link-by-link is often meditative in its focus and simplicity. In this class students will learn how to hand fabricate chain necklaces and bracelets from sterling silver wire. We will cover layout, round and oval links, unique and abstract links, clasps, texturing, soldering, and explore creative ways to incorporate pendants and stones. Students will complete at least one full length necklace.

We will cover:

  • Best gauges for projects
  • Soldering many pieces over and over, and how to make it easier for you
  • How to make a toggle clasp
  • Identify pliers and snips and their uses
  • Filing, sanding and finishes
  • Texturing metal with hammers
  • Patina and finishing options

        Class duration 8 hrs with a 30-minute break for lunch

        Prerequisite: Metals 1, Intro to Metalsmithing (Metals 101), or equivalent.

        Last day to cancel for a full refund is March 5, 2023.  Please review our FAQ page for directions and dress code.  By registering for the class you agree to our policies and dress code. 

        Tools needed:

        You will need to bring your own N95 or P95 mask (in addition to a cloth mask). This is  for filtering out small particulates that are formed when sanding and polishing metal. Otherwise, we have KN95 masks for sale for $5 each.

        Materials fee:

        $45 which includes 10 feet of 16 ga sterling silver wire and studio materials.  Cash, check, and Venmo accepted.

        About the instructor, Tony Finocchio:

        Tony Finnochio bio photo

        Tony has been creating jewelry and metal art since his first move to Boulder in 2009. His approach to art embodies a free spirited form of true self expression: do what you love and create work that resonates with you. Tony learned the basics of his craft from some of the best instructors in Boulder and the surrounding area, and continues to develop his skills and artistic voice through personal experimentation and advanced classes with masters in the field.

        Tony divides his time between the Boulder area and Telluride, Colorado, a place he’s called home for over 30 years. Since 2018 he has been a noted resident artist, with his jewelry available in shops and galleries throughout town. He’s created a number of signature pieces for special events & festivals in Telluride, and in the last several years has offered wildly popular private classes through the Ah Haa School for the Arts, which caters to both kids & adults.

        In his spare time, Tony enjoys playing guitar, listening to live music, reading, running, and viewing & collecting psychedelic rock poster art.