Join artisan and enthusiast Aileen Gardner in creating Byzantine chainmaille. This is a medieval craft adapted for the 21st century. It is one of the most elegant and fun-to-make chainmaille styles.

CHAIN MAILLE is weaving with wire jump rings to create a ‘fabric’ of interlocking rings in a repeated decorative pattern. Simple Chain Maille weaves are Box chain, Byzantine or Bird Cage and European 4 in 1.

VIKING KNITTING and CHAIN MAILLE can be incorporated into your current jewellery designs to provide alternative linking structures and enhanced textural elements.

In this class you will create a matched set of bracelet, pendant and earrings. See photographs attached.


  • Choosing the best link sizes 
  • How to make your project faster (speed-weaving) 
  • Choosing the best clasp to finish off your work

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Class Schedule

Duration: 6.5 Hours

What you will learn
  • Choosing the best link sizes
  • How to make your project faster (speed-weaving)
  • Choosing the best clasp to finish off your work
What you will get
  • Tuition
  • Notes (soft copy to be emailed after class)
  • The loan of a basic tool kit if required

What to bring
  • Your MATERIALS FEE is NOT included in the class.
  • A fee of $20.00 is payable to your teacher on the day.
  • The finished project will be in bright aluminium. Each student may choose a highlight colour on the day.
  • Pen & Notebook
  • You are welcome to bring your own pliers if you have them. Flat/chain/round/needle nose pliers only, no serrated edges.
What to wear

We request that you wear closed shoes, have long hair tied back and wear minimal jewellery in classes for WH&S reasons. We also recommend you wear glasses over contact lenses if required.

Appropriate for

No previous experience necessary.


Sydney Jewellery School

Vendor since 2015

Sydney Jewellery School (SJS) is Australia's leading independent contemporary jewellery facility for students wishing to learn the art of jewellery making, multi-media creative arts techniques and object 'd art creation.

The school operates from our own premises and dedicated studio space in Rosebery, an inner South/East suburb of Sydney. Housed in the Heritage Listed Leda Building our air-conditioned studio is flooded with natural light and is equipped with the latest tools and equipment.

SJS also provides space for people wishing to access bench space on a casual or daily basis.

We cater for both the beginner through to the accomplished artisan with a range of classes and techniques: Beginner classes; Class modules to build your skill level; Specialist techniques; Master classes; Visiting artists program; International teachers program.

Many of our classes and the equipment needed to participate are only available within the framework of formal University/TAFE training, SJS is proud to be able to offer short courses in these techniques to all.

Our classes are surprisingly affordable and extremely competitive. Compare for yourself.

The studio has a fully equipped kitchenette and a substantial library with a large selection of books and DVDs on Jewelry and Craft.

Our Director Menaka Cooke and Studio Manager Jae Brown and the wonderful teaching faculty at the school look forward to welcoming you to the studio and to helping you turn your creative dreams into reality.

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