Chunky Chains with Brandy Boyd

  • May 11, 2024 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Memphis Botanic Garden

    750 Cherry Road
    Memphis, Tennessee 38117
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Chunky Chains with Brandy Boyd

May 11, 10am - 4pm


In this workshop, attendees will make a chunky silver chain using different kinds of sterling silver wire. You’ll have the option to shape your links using a variety of mandrels, texture the silver using hammers, construct your own clasp, and have options to polish to a bright finish or patina to bring out the texture. We will go over ways to get different textures out of normal hammers and how to get the best results using texturing hammers, different ways of soldering the links together, including pick soldering, and learn a bit about how aspect ratios will affect the look and strength of the chain.


Depending on the speed at which you work and the complexity of your chain, you will complete either a bracelet or a necklace. If you have a torch and brick, jewelry pliers, hammers, and jewelry files, you are welcome to bring them for use in class, but you are not required. All tools and materials are provided. Safety glasses are recommended. Please wear cotton/natural fiber clothing or bring a work apron.


Class kit includes Pro-polish pad, medium solder, 14 gauge sterling silver wire, 16 gauge sterling silver wire, assorted specialty sterling wires, sterling silver jump rings, and studio consumables (flux, pickle, polishing, and patina chemicals). A step-by-step hand out is also provided.


The class kit is $65 and is payable to Brandy Boyd/BMB Designs by cash, check, or credit card the day of class.  


Register no later than May 9.


$65 MBG Members/$73 Non-Members (plus $65 class kit)


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Date & Time

Sat, May 11, 2024 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Venue Details

Memphis Botanic Garden

750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee 38117 Memphis Botanic Garden
Memphis Botanic Garden

The Memphis Botanic Garden is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to being an exemplary center for horticulture and environmental enrichment. Serving over 40,000 school-aged children annually, and hosting over 260,000 visitors each year, Memphis Botanic Garden strives to enhance lives by connecting people with nature, increasing awareness and appreciation of our environment. Our 96-acre property includes 30 specialty gardens and a Level 4 Arboretum, which provide the ability to interact with various families of plants, flowers, and trees.


The Garden offers year-round programming and events for children, families, adults, art lovers, food lovers, music lovers, gardeners, and more! Beyond our annual happenings, we have a diverse offering of adult workshops and classes, youth classes and activities, art exhibits, horticultural features and events, and outdoor fun for all. Click here to explore upcoming events at the Garden.

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