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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Feb 3,4 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Feb 16,17,18 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun March 3,4 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun March 9,10,11 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Intro to Jewelry Casting    
Sats, March 24 - May 19 no class April 28 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $320, 6 sessions $270
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun April 7,8 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun April 27,28,29 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300

 

All Classes and Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Ring Making Workshop Sat, Jan 20 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sat, Jan 20 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
PMC: Hobbitats and Fairy Homes Sun, Jan 21 10:00am - 4:00pm $80.00
Intro to Enamels Sat, Jan 27 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Enamel Effects Sun, Jan 28 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun Feb 3,4 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sat, Feb 3 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Feb 4 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Keum-boo: Gold Overlay on Silver Sat, Feb 10 10:30am - 3:00pm $65.00
The Business of Jewelry Sun, Feb11 10:00am - 5:00pm $90.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Feb. 16,17,18 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Intermediate Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sat,Sun Feb 24,25 10:00am - 6:00pm $200.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun March 3,4 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Enameled Pinch Pots Sat, March 3 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Earring Design Workshop Sun, March 4 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun March 9,10,11 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Molten Magic Sat, March 17 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Custom Prong Setting for Unusual Stones Sun, March 18 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Possibilities of Precious Metal Clay Sat, March 24 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Intro. to Jewelry Casting Sats, March 24 - May 19 4:30pm - 7:30pm $320.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, March 25 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) Sun, March 25 1:30am - 4:30pm $55.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun April 7,8 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Jewelry Photography Workshop Sat, April 7 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, April 8 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Wax Carving Tips & Tricks Sat, April 14 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, April 15 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Classical Wire Wrapping Sat, April 21 10:00am - 4:00pm $70.00
New: Japanese Colored Metal Gilding Sun, April 22 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat, Sun April 27,28,29 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00

 

All Classes- Full Descriptions- listed chronologically

 

Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, Jan. 20
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves**Class is full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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ring making workshop at TMAC

Course description: In this fun, fast paced workshop you will make one or more rings to wear home! Learn to shape, solder, texture and patina silver to create beautiful rings of your own design. No prior jewelry experience is necessary.

Materials included: Students should bring about $5 - $10 to spend on silver projects, or bring silver of various gauges, sheet and wire.

Prerequisite: none

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Flush Setting Workshop

Saturday, Jan. 20
1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55

Instructor Amy Reeves**Class is full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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Flush setting at TMAC

Course description: Learn to set round faceted stones in flush mounts, it's not as hard as you think!. Learn the tricks with the flex shaft to set stones quickly and easily. We will practice with 1 mm - 2 mm faceted round stones. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or previous metalworking experience. Take this with the Ring Making Workshop and you can set a stone in the ring you make!

Materials: Price includes copper sheet, silver tube & cubic zirconium stones, additional silver available for purchase. Or, you can bring a project to set your stone into.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry

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Precious Metal Clay Charms:
Hobbitats and Fairy Homes

Sunday, Jan. 21
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$80 plus materials

Instructor Ruth Greening**Class if full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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PMC

Course description: Who doesn’t love tiny little homes to hold our imagination, and tiny friends!  This Precious Metal Silver project has many ‘hidden’ construction secrets housed inside the designing and making of these sweet little homes. They make the cutest charms, pendants or earrings! Design them to remember a wonderful magical trip or to house a new fairy friend that you got for the holidays!
With 25g of PMC3 each student should be able to build at least 3 to 4 pieces depending on the size. 

Materials: Silver Clay kit: $60 PMC3 25g clay. or Kit fee $10 supplying your own PMC3 clay.  (Cash or check only please) Please note: Students may bring their own 25g PMC3 or purchase it from the instructor.  Please indicate at time of registration if you will buy the clay in class or bring your own.

Prerequisite: No prior jewelry experience is necessary, but students of all levels are welcome.

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Introduction to Enamels

Saturday, Jan. 27
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jean Tudor

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Enamel Basics class with Jean Tudor at TMAC

Course description:  "Color! Color! Color! It starts all about color. The gorgeous jewel-like colors of glass on metal. The pleasure of looking through transparents to the underlying metal, to what happens beneath the layers of color. Line, pattern, texture, contrasts quickly become an integral part of the whole." -Jean Tudor

Enameling is a great way to incorporate color into your jewelry.  Learn to add contrast and impact using images and lines in your enamel pieces.  This class will cover enamel application basics such as cleaning copper, sifting enamel, and firing the work.   We will work with various effects in enameling such as stencils, sgrafitto, the use of opaque and transparent dry enamels, liquid enamels and embedding metal in the enamel. You will leave this class with a few pieces ready to wear as jewelry or a decorative tile.

Materials: Most materials included.  Students should bring an N95 dust mask and paper and pencil for notetaking.

Prerequisite: None!

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Enamel Effects: Waterslide Decals and Painting Enamels

Sunday, Jan. 28

10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$90 + $25 materials

Instructor Julie Brooks

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enamel effect jewelry class with julie brooks waterslide decal and painting enamel application

Course description: Learn to add color to your work using enamels. Whether you have basic enameling experience or none at all, this class will show you how to push your skills and create pieces with vibrant color and intricate design. Julie will show you multiple limoge formats (painting enamels), as well as how to apply simple decals. Learn to use different forms of painting enamels to apply color. We will use watercolors enamels, acrylic enamels and china paints to create different effects.  Find your voice through color application, use of line quality, and texture. We will work on pre-enameled 28 g steel for ease of application so come prepared to experiment! 

Materials to bring:

  • Old towel or rag (to save paper towels)
  • A few sizes of paintbrushes
  • A small plastic paint tray with lid for watercolors

Prerequisite: None!

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Feb. 3 & 4
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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Blacksmithing Workshop

Course description: You will learn basic blacksmithing techniques with a variety of hands on projects ranging from decorative to functional. Possible projects include plant hangers, candlestick holders, fire pokers, decorative hooks and barbeque skewers, and that is just to name a few.  You'll even learn to make your own blacksmithing tools! Mike will cover safety and operation of a gas forge and all the tools, as well as basic hammering and heating techniques. Learn how to determine what type of steel to select for your projects, ferrous vs. non-ferrous metals, different types of steels and the pros and cons of scrap steel sources. Mike will also have forges for sale if you want to continue on your own.

Materials: $60, payable to the instructor (cash/check only). Each student has his/her own forge and anvil to work with during the class.  Students should bring safety glasses and leather work gloves.

Location:1207 Martin Luther King, Tacoma 98405

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, February 3
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves**Class is full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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beginning jewelry workshop

Course description: A great starter class for absolute beginners. Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Amy will cover many metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, soldering and texturing.  Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, and rolling mill. 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. 

Materials included: Copper and brass provided for in class use, silver available for purchase.

Prerequisite: none

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, February 4
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves*Class is full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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Bezel Setting- Jewelry Making Classes at TMAC: Tacoma Metal Arts Center

Course description: Learn how to create settings for flat backed objects and cabochon cut stones. Bezel setting is also perfect for setting beach glass, coins, buttons, almost anything!  In this class we will cover selecting appropriate bezel wire, silver soldering, fitting irregular and freeform objects, making a ring band or pendant bail, polishing and stone setting. You will be able to finish a ring or pendant.

Materials: Bring a stone or object to set or purchase one from our assortment. Students should bring $10-$20 to cover the cost of silver.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Keum-boo: Gold Overlay on Silver

Saturday, Feb. 10
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

$65 plus $35 supplies

Instructor Suz O'Dell

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Keumbo earrings by Suz O'dell

Course description: Add the luster of gold to fine silver fabrications with very little expense. In the ancient Korean technique of keum-boo (pronounced kum-boo, meaning attached gold) pure gold foil is bonded to the surface of another pure metal such as fine silver or PMC. Gold foil is chemically bonded to fine silver in a heat process using heat and pressure. This technique is low tech and easy to do in your home studio. No experience necessary. Suz will also talk about (but not demonstrate) how this can be used on sterling jewelry that has had the fine silver raised. Advanced students may bring a sterling piece with the fine silver already raised if they wish. Questions on how to do this prior to class? Just call or email us at TMAC!

Materials: $35 for 24K gold foil, paid to the instructor (cash or check only)

Students should bring to class:

1. a small piece of 22 g fine silver sheet for experimentation (approx. ¾” x 2”, available from TMAC $9) cleaned and sanded fine, or a completely finished clean fine silver piece of jewelry. Deeply textured pieces are NOT advised.

2. optional to bring : tweezers, sharp scissors, small paper punch, stone (agate) burnisher (bring if available, or share the ones in the studio)

Prerequisite: None, open to all levels

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The Business of Jewelry

Sunday, Feb. 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$90

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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tmac gallery

Course description: Discover the most successful ways to get your work into galleries, exhibitions, festivals and art fairs. Meredith will show you how using effective, tried and true methods.  You will learn marketing methods to represent yourself and how to make the most of presenting your work in adverising, social media, on business cards, etc. The last couple of hours will be devoted to a hands on intro to photographing jewelry.

Materials: Bring examples of your current work and a digital camera, or smart phone with camera.

Prerequisite: none, this is a class for students of all levels of experience

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

Feb. 16, 17 &18
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$315 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves*Class is full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals intensive

Course description - An in-depth workshop in three days, perfect for anyone who has always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Amy will cover all of the metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, and 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 -$30

Prerequisite: None.

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Intermediate Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 2 days

February 24 & 25
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 6:00 pm

$200

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Course description: If you've taken the beginning class and want to improve on your skills then this course is for you! Intermediate Jewelry/Metals allows students to hone their soldering, fabrication and finishing skills while learning new techniques. Jennifer will cover simple 3-d forming with the hydraulic press and fold-forming. She will also show how to fabricate simple hinges to make a locket or bead, and share her tips and tricks for soldering success. You will also learn great ways to texture metal using the rolling mill, hammers and more! Small class size ensures plenty of one on one instruction. Copper and brass provided for in class use.

Materials: Most materials included. Students may opt to bring silver to work with. Please bring a dust mask rated N95 (available at the hardware store or $2 at the studio)

Prerequisite: Students should have experience with jewelry basics such as sawing, soldering.

 

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Enameled Pinch Pots

Saturday, March 3

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus $20 materials

Instructor Jean Tudor

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Jean Tudor Pinch Pots

Course description: These small decorative bowls are rich and elegant, giving the appearance of folded fabric. Starting with copper tooling foil, Jean will show you how to form the flat copper into a bowl shape. Then you'll add color and depth to the surface with layers of glass enamels. Jean will show the process step by step and teach you how to apply the enamels, then fire your piece in a kiln. Jean will also show you different ways to use the tooling copper and enamels to create flat ornamental pieces with texture and color. Participants should be able to finish 2-3 pinch pots or one pot and some decorative tooling samples.

Materials: $20 for copper and enamels. Please bring a dust mask rated N95 (available at the hardware store or $2 at the studio)

Prerequisite: None, but beginning jewelry is helpful

 

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, March 3 & 4
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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Blacksmithing Workshop

Course description: You will learn basic blacksmithing techniques with a variety of hands on projects ranging from decorative to functional. Possible projects include plant hangers, candlestick holders, fire pokers, decorative hooks and barbeque skewers, and that is just to name a few.  You'll even learn to make your own blacksmithing tools! Mike will cover safety and operation of a gas forge and all the tools, as well as basic hammering and heating techniques. Learn how to determine what type of steel to select for your projects, ferrous vs. non-ferrous metals, different types of steels and the pros and cons of scrap steel sources. Mike will also have forges for sale if you want to continue on your own.

Materials: $60, payable to the instructor (cash/check only). Each student has his/her own forge and anvil to work with during the class.  Students should bring safety glasses and leather work gloves.

Location:1207 Martin Luther King, Tacoma 98405

Prerequisite: None

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Earring Design Workshop

Sunday, March 4
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100

Instructor Micki Lippe

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Micki Lippe teaches Earring Design workshop at Tacoma Metal Arts

Course description: Learn to push your design skills with award winning jeweler Micki Lippe.  Through lectures, demonstrations and hands on help, Micki will help you to improve your ability to think outside of the box, and get to a new place in your own sense of design. The emphasis of this class will be on encouraging exploration and developing new ideas. We will explore the many variations possible using: rivets, folding, roll printing, dapping, slotted shapes and more. You will learn to design and make beautiful and unique earrings as well as how to create your own ear wires. Most students will be able to complete two or three pairs of earrings as well as the beginnings of additional designs, mock-ups or metal models.

Materials: "These are just general guidelines. If you have specific things you want to work with, bring them. If you NEVER use sheet, ignore that part of the list etc."~Micki Lippe (instructor)

26ga Sheet, at least 2" x 2" - brass, copper or sterling (your choice), Sterling Wire - 20ga - 10 inches, 18ga - 5 inches, 16ga - 5 inches, emory paper (black carbon silicon)- 220 and 320 grit, any other materials you wish to incorporate (stones, beads etc), earring posts or clips if desired, (students will make ear wires)...Reminder: weight is always an issue when making earrings. AND BRING YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR!! Let's have fun.

Optional tools to bring: Each student will be provided with a set of tools to use during class. If you prefer to bring your own tools we will be using: saw frame and blades #2/0 or #3/0, metal shears, bastard files, needle files, pliers: needle nose, chain nose, flat and combination flat and half/round.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or previous metalworking experience. Students should be able to solder unattended.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

March 9, 10 & 11
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$315 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves**Class is full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals intensive

Course description - An in-depth workshop in three days, perfect for anyone who has always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Amy will cover all of the metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, and 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 -$30

Prerequisite: None.

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Molten Magic

Saturday, March 17
10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$85 plus $30 materials fee

Instructor Ruth Greening

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Molten Magic Pendant by Ruth Greening

Course description: Fun and magical, learn to create beautiful pieces with copper, silver and flame painting. You will start with a piece of copper for your project, then cover it with molten silver. The result is a wonderfully rich texture that can be colored with the magic of flame painting! Ruth will also show you how to make a beautiful silver chain to hang it from.

Students can expect to finish one molten magic pendant and start on the chain during class, or 2-3 molten magic pieces.

Materials: $30 paid to instructor (cash/check only please) includes several pieces of copper, silver and chain making supplies.

Prerequisites: students should be comfortable using a butane torch

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Custom Prongs Settings for Unusual Stones

Sunday, March 18
10:00 - 5:00 pm

$100 plus $15 materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Jenifer Stenhouse teaches Prong setting for unusual shapes

Course description: Learn to fabricate your own custom prong settings for unusual shapes and sizes! Sheet and wire construction, for a variety of stone shapes and sizes, will be the focus of this class. Learn to make 2, 4, and 6 prong settings. The instructor will demonstrate with cabochons, faceted stones and freeform shapes. We will make turtle settings from sheet and pedestal settings from wire. The use of the flex shaft, different setting tools and finishing tips will be covered as well as soldering construction techniques with wire.

Materials: Provided. Copper and sterling wire in 20-16 gauge round, square and half-round wire and 20 - 16 gauge copper and brass sheet. Bring your own stones or choose from our assortment.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent.

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, March 24 - May 19, no class Apr. 28

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$295 - 8 sessions/ $245 - 6 sessions (plus $25 materials fee)

Instructor Joan Joachims

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Course description: In this informal class you will learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Joni will help you take your design and teach you to carve your model in wax. Then you will be guided through how to make a mold. Then, replicate your model in sterling silver or ancient bronze using centrifugal casting. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. Upon request the instructor will also cover vacuum casting and making rubber molds of your finished piece so you will have production options for making multiples.

Materials: Students should bring sterling casting grain or scrap and a dust mask rated P100 or N95. Ancient bronze casting grain is included.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent. Students should know how to saw, solder, file and polish metal.

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PMC: Possibilities of Precious Metal Clay

Saturday, March 24
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$75 plus $40 materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Precious Metal Clay classes at tacoma metal arts center in Washington State

Course description: PMC (aka Precious Metal Clay). Create fine silver jewelry from a clay: this material works like earthen clay so it can be shaped and formed, textured and refined and then fired. The result is precious metal in pure silver. Once it is finished into silver you can polish it or apply a patina for that vintage look. Meredith is a Level 2 certified PMC instructor and has 16 years experience with this relatively new material. She will share her many short cuts, and she will let you in on some hard won tips and tricks for working more efficiently and successfully with precious metal clay.

Materials:$40 paid to instructor for 9gm PMC3. The instructor will also provide PMC paste and syringe to share during the class as well as the tools use during class.

Prerequisite: none

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, March 25
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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ring making workshop at TMAC

Course description: In this fun, fast paced workshop you will make one or more rings to wear home! Learn to shape, solder, texture and patina silver to create beautiful rings of your own design. No prior jewelry experience is necessary.

Materials included: Students should bring about $5 - $10 to spend on silver projects, or bring silver of various gauges, sheet and wire.

Prerequisite: none

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Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings)

Sunday, March 25
1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Stone Setting Workshop

Course description: Add a new stone setting to your repertoire! We will set small, round, faceted stones in sterling silver tube mounts in this short workshop. Amy will show you tricks with the flex shaft that will help you to set stones quickly and easily. Take this with the Ring Making Workshop and you can set a stone in the ring you make!

Materials: Includes silver tube and cubic zirconium stones. Additional silver available for purchase.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or previous metalworking experience.

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, April 7 & 8
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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Blacksmithing Workshop

Course description: You will learn basic blacksmithing techniques with a variety of hands on projects ranging from decorative to functional. Possible projects include plant hangers, candlestick holders, fire pokers, decorative hooks and barbeque skewers, and that is just to name a few.  You'll even learn to make your own blacksmithing tools! Mike will cover safety and operation of a gas forge and all the tools, as well as basic hammering and heating techniques. Learn how to determine what type of steel to select for your projects, ferrous vs. non-ferrous metals, different types of steels and the pros and cons of scrap steel sources. Mike will also have forges for sale if you want to continue on your own.

Materials: $60, payable to the instructor (cash/check only). Each student has his/her own forge and anvil to work with during the class.  Students should bring safety glasses and leather work gloves.

Location:1207 Martin Luther King, Tacoma 98405

Prerequisite: None

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Jewelry (and Small Object) Photography for Non-Photographers

Saturday, April 7
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$90 + $15 materials

Instructor Julia Harrison

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How to take great jewelry pictures- jewelry photography with Julia Harrison

Course description: Whether you're presenting, applying, publishing, or posting, your work is only as good as your documentation.  This workshop focuses on simple strategies for taking consistently strong pictures:  managing light and shadows using cheap, portable diffusers and reflectors; staging still life photos and working with models; developing a personal and appropriate style; and using accessible software to refine your images.  

Materials: Bring a digital camera you're familiar with (or smartphone with camera) and samples of your jewelry or other small objects. $15 material fee paid to instructor in class (cash/check only please) covers a small kit of background material, diffuser and reflector that you will take home after the class.

Prerequisite: none, open to all levels

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, April 8
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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beginning jewelry workshop

Course description: A great starter class for absolute beginners. Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Amy will cover many metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, soldering and texturing.  Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, and rolling mill. 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. 

Materials included: Copper and brass provided for in class use, silver available for purchase.

Prerequisite: none

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Wax Carving Tips and Tricks

Saturday, April 14
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$90

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Stone Setting in Wax

Course description:  Lost wax casting is widely used today for making production jewelry as well as unique one-of-a-kind treasures. Learn the fundamentals of wax carving along with some great new tricks for designing and creating wax models in this one day workshop. Designed for wax carvers, this class will focus on time saving tricks and creative tips for stone settings in wax carvings for lost wax casting. Jennifer will demonstrate how to set all different shapes and sizes of stones including faceted, free form, found objects & cabochons. Learn to create prongs, modified bezels, flush settings for round faceted stones, Jennifer will also cover how to cast stones in place, setting them right in the wax before casting! Jennifer will introduce you to some new tools and helpful tips for all wax carving projects and show you how easy it can be creating unique wax carvings for lost wax casting. Students will explore a variety of techniques for working in wax and learn to design, carve and prepare good waxes for clean castings. She'll share her tips for successful sprues as well! More advanced students will be challenged to create more sophisticated projects.

Materials: Most materials included. Bring a wax pen if you have one.

Prerequisite: Intro to lost wax casting class or equivalent. Note: this class will cover wax carving only, not the casting process.

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, April 15
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Bezel Setting- Jewelry Making Classes at TMAC: Tacoma Metal Arts Center

Course description: Learn how to create settings for flat backed objects and cabochon cut stones. Bezel setting is also perfect for setting beach glass, coins, buttons, almost anything!  In this class we will cover selecting appropriate bezel wire, silver soldering, fitting irregular and freeform objects, making a ring band or pendant bail, polishing and stone setting. You will be able to finish a ring or pendant.

Materials: Bring a stone or object to set or purchase one from our assortment. Students should bring $10-$20 to cover the cost of silver.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Classical Wire Wrapping

Saturday, April 21
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$70 plus $25 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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Classical Wire Wrapping

Course description: Classical wire wrapped jewelry is a great way to make stunning designs using simple techniques, minimal tools and no soldering.  In this class we will learn the basics for a precision wire wrapping technique - classical wire wrapping.  Using square and half-round wire, we will learn to build a light weight, open back setting that will really show off the stone.  Ruth will show how to capture the stone in a clean wire-wrapped setting and how to integrate a streamlined bail as part of the pendant design. Learn the technique step by step while you create two gorgeous pendants that you can wear home!

Materials: $25 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only)for stone and Silver Fill wire. Tools provided for use in class. 

Prerequisite: none

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New: Japanese Colored Metal Gilding

Sunday, April 22
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$90 plus $102 materials

Instructor Momoko Okada

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Japanese Guilding Technique class at Tacoma Metal Arts

Course description:Interested in adding gold, silver or colorful metal shine into your artwork or home décor? Learn about a traditional Japanese gilding technique; how to apply metal leaf. Also make your own bamboo metal leaf sifting tool to make sparkling metal flakes. Learn about the varieties of colored silver leaf (these are only produced in Japan.) Learn to use the Japanese silver leaf to add gorgeous colors to your pre-made metal jewelry.  And- it's not just for metal: the metal leaf can be applied on variety of things, such as wood, ceramic, plastic, steel and so much more!  Bring your finished jewelry, artwork or other items for metal leafing- let's experiment and have fun!

Materials to bring: Bring artwork or other items for metal leafing. For steel : Must be rust & oil free
For wood and paper : Must be sealed and completely dry (any sealant can be used) 

Materials Fee: $102, paid to the instructor in class (cash/check only please). This fee covers Bamboo $7, Bamboo tong (from Japan) $20, Bamboo Brush (from Japan) $22, Imitation Metal leaf (Silver, Gold, Copper) $5, Colored Silver leaf (from Japan)  $40, Glass bowls $3, Misc. materials (screen, adhesives, papers, cotton balls, brushes, etc) $5

Prerequisite: None! Open to all levels.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

April 27, 28 & 29
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$315

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals intensive

Course description - An in-depth workshop in three days, perfect for anyone who has always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Amy will cover all of the metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, and texturing, and that is just the first day! We will also cover bezel setting stones, making rings, 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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Mitsuro-hikime: A Wax Technique for Casting

Sunday, May 6
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Susan Ziess

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Mitsuro-hikima

Course description: Roughly translated as honey (mitsu) was (ro) drawing (hiki) texture (me). Of Japanese origin, mitsuro-hikime is a pliable sculpting wax which behaves like taffy and develops a unique linear pattern. A pioneer in the rediscovery of this method, Susan will show you tricks and tips on how to best work with this wax to develop the texture and form it into uniquely fluid forms. Most effective in simple designs, mitsuro-hikime will bend, and curl, giving fantastic surface detail and a wonderful fluid quality. Susan will demonstrate spruing methods and share her recommendations for casting. You will also learn Susan's formula for mitsuro-hikime and participate in making a batch of the wax during the class.

Students will be able to design pieces in the wax during class and take some wax home to continue working with. These waxes can then be transformed into silver, bronze or gold jewelry using the lost-wax casting method. NOTE: this class will not cover the casting process, just working the wax.

Materials: Students should bring small tupperware style container to transport waxes after class, x-acto knife, hot wax pen, if available. Some are provided to share during class. The instructor will distribute CD's with all the class information instead of a paper handout. If you prefer to have a copy on a flash drive, please bring one to the class.

Prerequisite: Students should have some familiarity with the casting process. Minimum six students.