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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun,Mon Sept 3,4,5 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Wed, Sept 14 - Oct 5 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $175
Forged Forms for Jewelry    
Dates Tues, Oct 4 - Oct 5 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $180
Intro. to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, Oct 15 - Dec 10 Times 4:30pm - 7:00pm Fee 8 sessions $295, 6 sessions $245
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Oct 28,29,30 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Tool Making Workshop Sat & Sun, Aug 27 & 28 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sat,Sun,Mon Sept 3,4,5 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Into. to Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Sat, Sept 10 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat & Sun, Sept 10 & 11 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Enamels: Make Your Mark Sun, Sept 11 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Enameled Jewelry Sat, Sept 17 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Stone Setting Alternatives Sun, Sept 18 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Ring Making Workshop Sat, Sept 24 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sat, Sept 24 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Metal Etching Made Easy Sun, Sept 25 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sat, Oct 1 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat & Sun, Oct 1 & 2 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Oct 2 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Cuttlefish Bone Casting Sun, Oct 16 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Bangles and Cuffs Workshop Sat, Oct 22 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
The Business of Jewelry Sun, Oct 23 10:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Oct 28,29,30 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Sticks and Stones and Setting Bones Sat, Nov 5 10:00am - 4:00pm $100.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Nov 6 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) Sun, Nov 6 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Precious Metal Clay: PMC Freeform Beads Sun, Nov 13 11:00am - 3:00pm $85.00
Filigree Workshop Sun, Nov 20 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Nov 27 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, Dec 4 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Resins, Rivets, Patinas and More Sat, Dec 10 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Five Golden Rings Sun, Dec 11 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Precious Metal Clay: PMC Rings Sat, Dec 17 11:00am - 3:00pm $85.00

 

Weekly and Intensive Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

September 3,4,5
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Wendnesdays, Sept. 14 - Oct. 5
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$175 - 4 sessions

Instructor: Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: Learn the basics skills needed to create jewelry of your own design. We will use a jeweler's saw, rolling mill, hammers and mallets, and torches to cut, texture, shape, and solder metal sheet and wire into unique jewelry pieces. Cuff bracelets, textured earrings, and a ring or pendant with a bezel-set cabochon stone, one of a kind chain and more are all possible projects for this class.

Materials: Copper and brass included. Students may buy silver and stones from instructor for ring project, or bring their own.

Prerequisite: None

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Forged Forms for Jewelry

Tuesdays, October 4 - 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$180 plus materials - 4 sessions

Instructor Bill Dawson

Forged Forms

Class description: Learn to create beautiful and elegant forms for jewelry and metalwork.  Bill will show you how to bring wire to life using simple techniques.  Students will learn how to shape, twist, elongate and taper through hammering, annealing, and soldering. You will explore these new techniques by experimenting in copper.  Then you will design a project and Bill will guide you through creating your new design. Learn to express yourself in metal while letting the metal express its nature through your work.  Bill will also cover the basics of mill forging, twist and roll wire, chisel piercing, and swedge work. 

Materials: $10 for copper, payable to instructor (check/cash only please). Students who wish to work in silver must provide their own.

Prerequisite: No experience is necessary, but some skill with hammers is helpful.

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, Oct. 15 - Dec 10 (no class Oct. 29)
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$295 - 8 sessions/ $245 - 6 sessions

plus $25 materials fee

Instructor Joni 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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

October 28, 29, & 30
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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Weekend Classes- Full Descriptions

 

 

Tool Making Workshop

Saturday/Sunday August 27 & 28

10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$200 plus materials

Instructor Bill Dawson

Tool Making Workshop

Course description: You will make several simple tools in this money saving workshop. Learn the skills to create and customize a range of tools for your studio! You will learn to gauge the quality of steel, as well as how to soften and harden it. Bill will cover hot forging, stock removal, engraving, and other metal shaping techniques. Bill will also share his tips on sources to get new tool steel stock and how to get it as salvage. These valuable skills will give you a whole new range of options to create tools, alter tools to suit the task at hand, or completely transform old or broken tools. You will be able to make chasing tools, center punches, decorative stamps or a maker's mark hallmarking tool. Students will be provided with steel for making several simple tools.

Materials: $20 fee, payable to the instructor (cash or check only please)

Prerequisite: Basic jewelry skills: sawing, filing, annealing.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

September 3, 4 & 5
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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Introduction to PMC
Precious Metal Clay

Saturday, September 10
10:00 am- 3:00 pm

$75 plus $40 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

Introduction to PMC

Course description: You have heard about PMC for so long, well now is the time to find out what the excitement is all about! This Mini-intro will let you get your fingers on the most amazing silver in the world: Precious Metal Clay! You will learn how to form, texture, dry and torch fire your piece. Go home with beautiful fine silver earrings and pendant or two pendants that you designed and made. It will be the start of a love affair!

Materials: Silver Clay available from instructor: $40 1 PMC3 16g clay.

Prerequisite: None

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, September 10 & 11
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

 

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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Make your mark: Enamel Effects

Sunday, September 11
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Julie Brooks

Enamel Intensive

Course description:Interested in adding color to your metalwork through enamel? If you have basic enameling experience and would like to extend your palette with more intricate design applications then this class is for you! In this workshop Julie will show you multiple limoge formats (painting enamels), how to create hand drawn elements, and how to create and apply computer aided simple decals. Learn to use different forms of enamels to apply color with painterly effect (watercolors enamels, acrylic enamels and china paints).  Find your voice through color application, use of line quality, and texture. Previous drawing and painting experiences is not required- Julie will discuss color theory, composition, and different painting techniques. We will work on pre-enameled 28 g steel for ease of application so come prepared to experiment!  Other demonstrations will include: use of graphite, stamp/pen methods, fine line black and more.

Materials to bring:

  • Dust mask rated N95 (or purchase at TMAC)
  • Old towel (to save paper towels)
  • 2 SOFT plastic spray paint can lids (to make sifters-optional)
  • A few sizes of paintbrushes
  • Any container of non-lead bearing enamel they may have and want to work with
  • A small plastic paint tray with lid for watercolors

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry and previous enameling experience is helpful

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Enameled Jewelry

Saturday, September 17
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

Enameled Jewelry

Course description:  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 how to apply enamel to a copper base and use various simple techniques to create colorful  patterns.  The instructor will also demonstrate various effects in enameling such as line application, sgrafitto, stencils, and graphite. You will leave this class with a few pieces ready to wear as jewelry.

Materials: Most materials included, bring rubber stamps and stencils if you have them. Students should bring an N95 dust mask and small paint brushes.

Prerequisite: None

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Stone Setting Alternatives with Tubes and Prongs

Sunday, September 18
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Stone Setting Tubes and Prongs

Course description: Ready to explore some interesting stone setting options? Then this class is for you! Jennifer will demonstrate a variety of simple stone settings that look complicated. Learn how to use tubing to create glorious prong settings for round or square gems! Jennifer will also demonstrate how to create gorgeous flared tube settings, and glamorous crown settings. These techniques are perfect for adding a bit of dazzling flash and details to a ring, earrings or necklaces, using faceted or cabochon stones! Even if you've never set a stone before you can take this class.

Materials: Includes silver tube and cubic zirconium stones. Additional silver available for purchase. Optional: bring a ring or other pieces to solder your settings onto.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry class. Students should have some experience sawing and soldering.

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Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, September 24
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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, September 24
1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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Metal Etching Made Easy

Sunday, September 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$75

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Etching Made Easy

Course description: Discover creating raised patterns in metal without any special equipment! This is the full meal deal from transferring images onto metal to etching a variety of alternative metals using a low toxic and safe method. The results are a beautiful bracelet and the knowledge for how to make your own unique texture sheets or patterned metal for signature designs.
Class covers a variety of resist processes including different heat transfer methods, ink transfer techniques and free hand solutions. Drilling, filing, refining, and a variety of polishing and sealing methods will also be covered.

Materials: Kit fee: $40 includes red brass, wire, booklet on etching, etching solution and tank, neutralizing bath, transfer film, inks, and more. Each student will take home everything they need to continue metal etching at home.
Instructor will supply hot plate, hammers, drills, pliers, etc. for use in class.
Students Should Bring: rubber stamps if you have some small patterns you especially like (please put your name on your stamps).

Prerequisites:None

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 1
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, October 1 & 2
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

 

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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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, Oct. 2
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

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 to set or purchase one from our assortment. Students should bring $5-$10 to cover the cost of silver and stones.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture

Sunday, October 16
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Cuttlefish Bone Casting

Course description: Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient means of creating a cast object. Create rings with stone settings, findings, and finished work without all the equipment needed for lost wax casting. Its low cost and convenience make it great for the small studio and those on a budget. It is fun, fast and affordable! Until the invention of vulcanized rubber for lost wax, the expert carving of cuttlebone was an excellent way to reproduce designs. Participants will discover the immediacy of casting with cuttlefish bone, the texture it can create, and how to use it to create multiples by making simple models. Demonstrations will include how to create a multiple part mold for the 3-dimensional casting of a ring with a stone setting, links, and an ingot mold for blanks as well as stone setting into the cast object. Students are expected to bring an N95 dust mask or purchase one in class for $2.50. Students may bring any sterling silver scrap to recycle by casting. 

Materials Included: bronze casting grain and brass jump rings, brass wire, cuttlefish bones for carving

Materials Students Should Bring:

  • - Sterling silver scrap or casting grain, ½ - 1oz (optional, bronze is provided, but silver will not be available for sale in this class, but may be pre-ordered)
  • -N95 dust mask
  • - Small cabochons and faceted stones if you wish
  • - Small soft paint brush
  • - Dental tools or sharp little carving tools
  • - X-acto knife
  • - personal jewelry tools and kit

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

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Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 22
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$90

Instructor Amy Reeves

Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

Course description: Learn to create fantastic, one of a kind bracelets. This class will cover textures, sawing, filing, soldering and rivets. Learn to measure for a cuff or a bangle. Leave with gorgeous finished pieces you'll love to show off! Make anything from a wide statement cuff to thin stacking bangles.

Materials: Copper and brass provided for in class use, students who wish to work with silver should bring 22 gauge sheet (or thicker) or 16 g wire.

Prerequisite: none

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The Business of Jewelry

Sunday, October 23
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$85

Instructor Meredith Arnold

tmac gallery

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

Materials: Optional: bring examples of your current work and a digital camera.

Prerequisite: none

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

October 28, 29, & 30
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300

Instructor Amy Reeves

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 -$20

Prerequisite: None.

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Sticks and stones and setting bones

Saturday, Nov. 5
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$100

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Stick and Stones

Course description:In this informal workshop experimentation will be the theme!  Jennifer will show you exciting new possibilities for adding unusual materials into your jewelry and artwork.   Learn to use diamond burs and other accessories for the flex shaft to carve, shape and modify stones, shells, glass, ceramics, enamels, bones, cabochons, almost anything!  Once you've made adaptations and modifications to your materials, Jennifer will help you incorporate them into jewelry or sculpture. Learn to use cold connection methods and which types of adhesives are appropriate for what materials. Safety issues of working with these materials will be addressed as well.  Bring your treasures and unusual finds and be ready for inspiration! Each student will be given a diamond bur set to use during class and to take home with them.

Materials: Students should bring any and all unusual materials and found objects they would like to learn to work with. Copper and brass provided, students may bring silver to work with if they wish.

Prerequisite: Basic Metalsmithing skills.

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, Nov. 6
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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, Nov. 6
1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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Precious Metal Clay: PMC Freeform Beads

Sunday, Nov. 13
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85 plus $50 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

PMC Freeform Beads

Course description: You have heard about PMC for so long, well now is the time to find out what the excitement is all about! Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay Beads. Learn to make hollow beads, focal beads, accent beads, beads of all sizes and construction! Beads are fun to make and an important skill in PMC jewelry construction.  Ruth will show you methods with or without burnout material as well as the proper firing technique to keep them strong.  Then you will learn how to add a patina to bring out the wonderful textures you add to each bead. You will be able to complete multiple beads in the class and take them home at the end!

Materials: Kit Fee will be $50 which includes 25g PMC3, 2 CZ stones, use of tools, and necessary supplies for proper construction and firing of the beads. (Payable to instructor, cash or check only please)

Prerequisite: None

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Filigree Workshop

Sunday , Nov. 20
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Filigree

Course description: Filigree is an intricate fabrication technique where a thick wire frame is filled with fine threads of decorative wire and small balls of metal. Jennifer will show you step by step how to create patterns for a frame and fill the frames using various techniques from around the world.   Jennifer will demonstrate creating the frame, how to twist and curl the wire to create the fill, and granulation for additional ornamentation. You'll learn to use powdered solder and Jennifer will discuss fusing and soldering techniques appropriate for the many different styles of filigree: open wire work, closed back fret work and filigree on a dimensional surface.  Demos will include how to work with different metals including copper, fine silver and Argentium sterling. Jennifer will also go over how to embellish designs with small bezel set cabochon stones.

Materials: Students should bring dead soft fine silver wire: 5ft 26g round, and dead soft sterling silver wire 1 ft 16g square. Copper wire included.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent. Basic sawing and soldering or fusing skills required.

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, Nov. 27
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

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 to set or purchase one from our assortment. Students should bring $5-$15 to cover the cost of silver and stones.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 4
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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Resins and Rivets, Patinas and More!

(aka Cold Fusions Techniques)

Saturday, Dec. 10
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Fee: $75 plus kit $35

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Altered Metals Class with Meredith Arnold at TMACAltered Metals Class with meredith arnold at TMAC

Course description - This class is packed with a variety of out-of-the-box techniques for applying color onto metals: explore cold fusion techniques on metal by working with heat curing resins and UV resins, colored pencils, new patina methods and more! Meredith will share her tricks for no fuss, fool-proof rivets. Discover creating unique one-of-a-kind resin elements using molds combined with color! Meredith will also show simple torch techniques for flame painting on metal with a small butane torch and how to seal your colorful creations.

Materials fee $35: Includes copper, aluminum and brass metal pieces, powdered and UV resins, wire, inks, mica powders, patina products, silicone molding compound, polymer clay, rivets, flux, sounding boards for bench blocks, sandpapers, sealer, latex like gloves, work surfaces.

Students should bring: An item to mold about the size of a quarter, Prismacolor pencils in colors you like (available at http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-colored-pencils/ for a great price!), apron.

Prerequisite: None

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Five Golden Rings

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

$95 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Five Gold Rings at TMAC

Course description: Learn to use gold-filled wire and solid gold wire to create stunning stacking rings. Jennifer will show you how to work yellow and pink gold-filled wires of different shapes and gauges to create stunning rings. Get the rich look of gold for about the cost of silver! You'll learn how to measure, solder and shape the metal, then learn different ways to finish your rings: hammered, plain, matte finish or high shine! Jennifer will also demonstrate how to work with 14K gold! Make a set of stacking rings for yourself, or to give as gifts. Jennifer will also show a great trick for adding a tiny tube set stone!

Materials: Students may bring 14/20 pink or yellow gold-filled wire in different shapes and gauges (3" is enough for one ring), and 10K or 14K yellow gold easy solder, or purchase enough for their projects in class-approximately $10 - $20. Optional-1.5 mm round faceted stones. Students may opt to bring solid 14K gold to work with.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry is helpful.

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NEW! Precious Metal Clay: PMC Rings

Saturday, Dec 17
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85 plus $50 for materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

PMC Rings

Course description: Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay. Rings are a favorite with everyone, fun to make and fun to wear! Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay Rings.  Ruth will show you how to size and assemble a band that will fit after firing. You'll also learn how to build a setting around a faceted stone to set it in the clay and then fire it into place. You will be able to make multiple rings in this class. Keep them for yourself or give them as gifts!

Materials: Kit fee is $50 which includes 25g PMC3, 2 CZ stones, sizing patty for 2 rings. Also use of tools and all necessary supplies to complete the rings. (Payable to instructor, cash or check only please)

Prerequisite: None

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