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In my work, I combine ancient techniques with modern materials. I work with sterling silver, gold-filled, anodized niobium, fine silver and Argentium wire. Several of my pieces are accented with Swarovski crystals and pearls, as well as semi-precious stones or colorful glass beads. I tend to rely on hand tools to accomplish most of my work. I try to work as simply and cleanly as possible. To minimize the use of studio chemicals, I prefer fusing or using cold connections to soldering; and I prefer tumble-polished or hand-brushed finishes to an oxidized finish. This makes my work safer for me and for the environment. I create necklaces, pendants, bracelets, watch bands, earrings, rings, key chains and other unique items. Many pieces are original designs. Others are classically inspired. I also create custom pieces upon request.”

Jewelry designer and author, Karen Karon, has been “connecting jump rings” since 2006. She teaches chain maille classes and workshops at Metalwerx School for Jewelry and Metal Arts, at local venues, and also provides private chain maille instruction. In addition, Karen is a certified PMC (Precious Metal Clay) artisan. Karen has written articles for Art Jewelry, Bead Style and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines and is the author of two books on chain maille, Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop and Advanced Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop, both published by Interweave.

 

Visit Karen’s website HERE