Offering instruction in metalsmithing and jewelry making

At Tacoma Metal Arts Center you can design and create unique jewelry and small-scale sculpture. Our expert instruction will help you develop the skills to make the jewelry that you have only imagined. The majority of classes offered at TMAC are techniques oriented, rather than project oriented. What that means: our students make individualized projects and our instructors are able to help them succeed in any direction they wish to go. Whether you come to class full of ideas or with no ideas, you will leave with your own unique creation! The small class size, generally limited to eight students, means you will get the one on one instruction you need to succeed!

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What the students say:

"Playing with metal and playing with fire - this is so fun! ~Darleen

"This place is so cool-they have open studio, and you can use all of the tools at the works stations" ~ Alicia

"Very fun, I learned so much and can't wait to practice!"

"Great job, nice balance of student work time and demonstrations of new techniques." ~ Brian


Featured Classes & Events

Stone Settings in Wax for Jewelry Casters

Saturday, April 26

10:00 am- 5:00 pm


Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Course description: Designed for casters and wax carvers, this class will focus on creating settings for stones in wax that will be cast using the lost wax method. Jennifer will show us some great tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting in this one day workshop. Jennifer will demonstrate how to create settings for faceted, free form, found objects & cabochons stones, using prongs, modified bezels, flush settings and cast in place techniques to create unique settings. We will learn about new tools and helpful tips for all stone setting projects. You will explore a variety of techniques for working in wax and learn how to carve and prepare good waxes for casting.

Materials: Included.

Prerequisite: Basic casting.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

Dates: August 22, 23 & 24
Day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fri & Sat: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm; Sun 10 - 3:00

Fee: $300

jewelry classes at tacoma metal arts center

Instructor Amy Reeves 

Course description -This condensed exploration of metalworking fundamentals is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Techniques covered will include sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, texturing, and that is just the first day! We will also cover bezel setting stones, making rings, chain fabrication and lots of soldering. Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, rolling mill and hydraulic press. The instructor will also talk about how to set up a home studio so you can continue on your own after the class. No prior jewelry experience is necessary, students of all levels are welcome.  Small class size ensures plenty of one on one instruction. Copper and brass provided for in class use, silver available for purchase.

Materials: Most materials included. Students may opt to purchase silver to work with approx. $10 -$20

Prerequisite: None.

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