Byzantine Chain Techniques

Instructor: Tom Colson


Saturday, October 17, 2015, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Arts Center

$75 members; $90 non-members

Register by:   September 26, 2015; after that, check availability
Tuition:   $75 members; $90 non-members
Materials fee:   $25
Materials list:   Materials for Byzantine Chain Techniques

Byzantine Chain, by Tom Colson

In this workshop, we will learn how to assemble and finish a classic and elegant bracelet in the Byzantine pattern. Byzantine chain is the foundation pattern for making a wide variety of jewelry from jump rings. This foundation will start you on a journey into a world of jewelry-making where pattern and color give you infinite possibilities for design.

In addition to completing the class project, we’ll have time to cover other topics including:

  • how to design new projects like Tapered Byzantine and charm bracelets
  • how to choose the best rings for your design
  • where to buy good quality rings (or how to make your own!)
  • what materials are best suited for chain making

The materials fee covers a class kit which includes your choice of either colorful anodized aluminum or solid copper rings for the in-class project, a clasp to finish your bracelet, two pairs of Tom’s favorite chain-making pliers, and a handout to remind you of all we learned. Sterling silver rings are available for the in-class project for a increased materials fee.

About the instructor

Tom Colson is a life-long Maker who has 15 years of experience as a jewelry-making instructor. His focus is handmade chains, where remarkable beauty can be created using only simple tools. Over the years, Tom has taught chain-making to hundreds of students of all ages and levels, with many students taking 10 or more different workshops. He particularly enjoys teaching chain-making to beginners, who typically leave the workshops excited about their new abilities to easily create beautiful jewelry in a short time.

Based in the SF Bay Area, Tom studied at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. He enjoys being a member of a vibrant community of people who share his obsession with creating things that are both beautiful and useful.

Byzantine Chain, by Tom Colson