Online - Sámi-Inspired Bracelets

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online - Sámi-Inspired Bracelets

Saturday, February 26 (12:30-2:30 pm and 6:00-7:30 pm CT) and Sunday, February 27 (1:00-2:30 pm CT) with Norma Refsal

Level of Instruction
$145.00 Members
$160.00 Non-members

In this online class, you will learn to make a Sámi-inspired, iconic, three-strand braided bracelet using traditional materials of reindeer leather, pewter thread, and a reindeer antler button. The pewter is nickel-free and contains 4% silver. The class will consist of three sessions over two days, and each session will be accompanied by a short video that will help you see the hand-work techniques up close. In between each session you will have time to complete the steps that Norma has discussed and demonstrated before moving on to the next part of the bracelet construction.

The three class sessions are Saturday, February 26 (12:30-2:30 pm and 6:00-7:30 pm CT) and Sunday, February 27 (1:00-2:30 pm  CT).

Don't hesitate to contact Andrew Ellingsen, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (

Supplies: A kit of supplies (a $75 value!) with everything you need to make two bracelets including pewter thread, reindeer leather, reindeer antler buttons, sinew, nylon filament, needles, and more, along with a special treat from Vesterheim is included in the cost of registration. A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection. Additionally, you will need the following supplies on hand the day of the class:

  • • Scissors
  • • Clear drying, water-soluble glue (Tacky Glue or Scotch High-Intensity Repair Glue)
  • • Flexible tape measure ruler with metric, if possible
  • • Small pliers
  • • Non-bleeding ink pen
  • • Toothpick
  • • Optional supplies:
    • • Thimble
    • • Thread lubricant like Thread Heaven OR a tube of firm lip balm (doesn't need to be new)

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline:  February 11, 2022

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About the Instructor

Norma Refsal
Norma Refsal
Norma Refsal

Norma Refsal’s passion for metalsmithing began when her family lived in Telemark, Norway, in the late 1980s. After gaining experience, she began creating jewelry for the twenty-first century based on traditional Scandinavian-inspired, or neo-Nordic, designs. She creates jewelry for daily wear out of silver, leather, wood, and enamel, finding the simplicity of the design to be both timeless and elegant.