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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun July 28,29,30 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Sept 9,10 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Sept 15,16,17 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Continuing Cloisonne'    
Dates Sat,Sun Oct 7,8 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $200
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Oct 7,8 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Intro to Jewelry Casting    
Sats, Oct 14 - Dec 9 no class 10/28 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $295, 6 sessions $245
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Oct 27,28,29 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300

 

All Classes and Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Ring Making Workshop Sat, July 22 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sat, July 22 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Torch Set-up & the Home Studio Sun, July 23 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun July 28,29,30 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Intro to PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Sat, Aug 5 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Bangles and Cuffs Workshop Sun, Aug 6 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Possibilities of Polymer Clay Sat, Aug 12 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Raku-fired Enamels Sat,Sun Aug 19,20 10:00am - 5:00pm $215.00
Expressive Spinner Rings Sat, Aug 19 11:00am - 5:00pm $90.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing Sun, Aug 20 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Earring Design Workshop Sat, Aug 26 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Ancient & Easy Chains Sun, Aug 27 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
PMC Earring Workshop Sat, Sep 2 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Sept 3 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Creative Stone: Setting Tubes & Prongs Sat, Sept 9 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun Sept 9,10 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Sept 15,16,17 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Outrageous Story Stones (New) Sat,Sun Sept 23,24 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
Bronze Metal Clay Sat, Sept 30 10:00am - 4:30pm $95.00
Intro to Jewelry Casting Sats, Oct 14 - Dec 9 4:30pm - 7:30pm $320.00
Continuing Cloisonne' Enameling Sat,Sun Oct 7,8 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun Oct 7,8 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Filigree Techniques Sun, Oct 15 10:00am - 6:00pm $115.00
PMC Rings with Stones Sat, Oct 21 9:30am - 3:30pm $75.00
Color on Metal Sun, Oct 22 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Oct 27,28,29 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Enamel Effects Sat, Nov 11 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture Sun, Nov 12 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00

 

All Classes- Full Descriptions- listed chronologically

 

Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, July 22
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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Flush Setting Workshop

Saturday, July 22
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

$55

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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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Torch Set-up and the home studio

Sunday, July 23
10:00 - 4:00 pm

$90

Instructor Bill Dawson

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Torch Set up

Course Description -This workshop covers the basics of safely setting up a torch at home. Whether you've ordered a torch that is still sitting in it's box or you are unsure of which torch is the right purchase to make, then this class is for you!  Learn all about the benefits and drawbacks of different types of torches. Bill will talk about oxy/propane, oxy/acetylene, acetylene/air and propane/air torches. Bill will also cover general safety issues with motor tools and tool maintenance. Learn to maintain your flex-shaft motor, buffing motor, as well as re-surface steel hammers, mandrels and more.

Materials: none, but students are welcome to bring pictures or examples of their work for advice on what is the best tool for the project

Prerequisite: basic knowledge of jewelry making and/or metalsmithing

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

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

$300 plus materials

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, 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, August 5
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 plus $40 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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Ruth Greening teaches Precious Metal Clay Intro Workshop at Tacoma Metal Arts

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: $40 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for 16g PMC3 clay and a faceted stone.

Prerequisite: None

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Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

Sunday, August 6
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$90

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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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Possibilities of Polymer Clay

Saturday, August 12
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 plus $20 kit

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Meredith Arnold teaches Polymer Clay

Course description:  Polymer clay offers many possibilities in jewelry making. A variety of techniques will be explored to take you from beginner or intermediate skills to advanced in short order. Our project centers around creating a tile bracelet. You will learn tricks for simplifying construction, a lot of fun surface techniques. Meredith will share her tips and help you step by step so you can put your own spin on this versatile material. Some tools are included as well instruction for making your own tools.

Materials: $20 for the polymer clay, special sanding material, and some tools to take home, plus the instructor will bring some tools to share for use during class.

Prerequisite: None

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New!: Experimental Enameling: Raku-fired Enamels

Sat/Sun August 19 & 20

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$215 plus $30 materials fee

Instructor Jean Tudor

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Jean Tudor Raku Enameling

Course description: Simply stated, the enameling raku process parallels the clay raku process with some adjustments made for the differences in the materials. Experimenting with raku-fired enameling and the use of vibrant color is an exciting process. The random, unpredictable results of the raku are beautifully colored! In this class you will learn a different--or more literally, an extended--enamel firing technique. The raku-firings process is thrilling; hot enamels are plunged into burning leaves or pine needles to create lovely glassy, metallic-luster surfaces.  Jean will show the raku firing process using leaves, pine needles and wet paper to get special metallic effects. We will study how these dynamic pieces are best used, whether as stand alone works or as background for other enamels. Learn to incorporate this unpredictable process into your work with beautiful results.

Materials: $30 fee paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for copper (3 tiles - 4x4" 18g and 1 small round dish - 3 1/2" diameter x 1/2" deep) and enamels used during class. Students should bring a bag lunch both days. Optional to bring are additional misc. copper shapes of 18g sheet.

Prerequisite: None, but enameling experience is helpful

Location: This class will be held at the instructor's Edgewood, WA studio (about 12 miles east of Tacoma) The exact address provided with registration.

 

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Expressive Spinner Rings

Saturday, August 19
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

$90 plus $25 materials

Instructor Julia Lowther

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Expressive Spinner Rings

Course description: Bring an unadorned finger to class, and take it home decked out in a fabulous sterling silver spinner ring handmade by you! Personalize your spinning copper band with meaningful words, names, or symbols. All materials and tools provided, including use of the torch. Bring nothing - go home with new jewelry. Have a blast in the process! (Making a ring for a lucky someone else? Measure the destination finger in advance with a strip of paper or a piece of string, and bring that to class.)

Materials: : $25 paid to instructor in class. This covers all materials. Price subject to change with fluctuating precious metals market.

Prerequisite: None!

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing Workshop

Sunday, August 20
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Beginning Jewelry

Course description: A great starter class for absolute beginners. Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Amy will cover all of the metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, and texturing.  Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment with access to a rolling mill and hydraulic press.  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. 

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

Prerequisite: none

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Earring Design Workshop

Saturday, August 26
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: This class will begin with a series of design exercises to jumpstart the creative process. Through lectures, demos and hands on help, Micki will help you to improve your ability to think outside of the box, and to get to a new place in your own sense of design. The emphasis 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 findings (ear wires, etc.). 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 square inches - brass, copper or Sterling (your choice), Sterling Wire - 20ga - 10 inches, 18ga - 5 inches, 16ga - 5 inches, and any other material you wish to incorporate, Emory Paper (black carbon silicon)- 220 and 320 grit,

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

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Ancient and Easy Chains

Sunday, August 27
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$90

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Ancient and Easy Chains

Course description: This class will cover everything from traditional chains to artistic and unusual links. A wide range of chain styles will be demonstrated including cold-connected, woven, and soldered link chains. We will start the day with chains that do not require solder or heat: Egyptian spiral, Viking Knit, and wire-wrapped links with beads. Learn to use pliers, basic hammering, wire forming and weaving. Jennifer will show you how create beautiful, flexible chains from different gauges of wire. In the afternoon you will work with a torch; soldering links to create loop in loop chain, cable chain, or chains of artistic free form links.  Jennifer will also demonstrate making your own jump rings and hand finishing. Work time will be spent on samples of chain styles in base metals (copper, brass, bronze). Students who wish to work with silver should bring their own.

Materials: Copper and brass provided, or students may bring silver in 18g-22g round dead soft wire

Prerequisite: Basic jewelry skills are helpful but not required

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PMC Earring Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 2
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 plus $45 materials fee payable to instructor

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC Earring Workshop

Course description:  How many pairs of earrings can you make from 20 grams of PMC? Find out in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay. Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver.

Materials: $45 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for sterling silver wire, 20g PMC+ clay. Instructor will provide tools to use during class, firing and finishing.

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

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, Sept 3
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Bezel Setting Workshop

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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Stone Setting: Creative Stone Setting with Tubes and Prongs

Saturday, September 9
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Sept. 9 & 10
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/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

September 15, 16 & 17
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300

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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New!: Outrageous Story Stone

Intensive- 2 days

Sept 23 & 24
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$200

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Story Stones

Course description: If you've taken lots of classes but lack the confidence to push your metalsmithing skills then this is the class for you. Jennifer will help you through solving the design challenges and logistical planning of a complicated piece. Combine your metalsmithing, stone setting, fabrication and finishing skills in the design and creation of a significant, memorable, yet very Outrageous Story Stone.  It will have a story like none other, and represent something so personal that observers will immediately KNOW there’s a secret story waiting for the telling. Perhaps the Outrageous Story Stone will accent a flamboyant ring, a timeless pendant, a dramatic hair ornament or a narrative brooch.  Participants will expand their design skills, learn logistical planning and metalsmithing strategies to build then finish their Outrageous Story Stone.

We are all Magpies, of sorts, finding then accumulating interesting bits of glass, stone, bone and metal.  With every Magpie treasure, we always tell ourselves, “Someday I’m going to make something with this tidbit, to remind me of the time   ……."    This is the time and the place.

Materials: Copper and brass included. Students may opt to bring silver to work with, bring whatever gauge you prefer to work with. Please bring a dust mask rated N95 (available at the hardware store or $2 at the studio) and any stones or mementos you wish to work with.

Prerequisite: Students should have experience with stone setting basics and be able to solder unattended.

 

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Bronze Metal Clay

Saturday, Sept. 30
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

$95 plus $25 materials fee

Instructor Suz O'Dell

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Course description: Learn the techniques of this amazing material. You will build your ideas in clay and kiln-fire your pieces into finished bronze metal jewelry! Each student will have the opportunity to construct several pieces of their own design. Make earrings, pendants, and clasps. Suz will also show stone setting techniques and mold making. Students are encouraged the bring items with interesting textures to mold onto their bronze clay creations. Almost anything with texture will work: tree bark, feathers, leaves, shells, etc. We will do one firing during class, those pieces will be ready to wear same day! Additional firings will be done by the instructor after the class; the second round of pieces will be available for pick-up at Tacoma Metal Arts Center one week after class.

Materials: $25 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) includes 30 grams Fast Fire Bronze metal clay, findings, CZ's, use of tools. Additional clay will be available for purchase.

Prerequisite: none!

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, Oct. 14 - Dec. 9, no class Oct. 28

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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Continuing Cloisonné Enameling: Pattern and Texture

Sat/Sun Oct. 7 & 8
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus $25 materials

Instructor Jean Tudor

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learn different ways to create pattern and texture in you Cloissone enamels with Jean Tudor at TMAC

Course description: In this class Jean will show you interesting ways of achieving texture and pattern in your cloisonné enamel designs. You will learn how to use wire mesh, metal foils and how to layer these with the enamels in interesting ways to create brilliant colors. Jean will also show how the layering of different types of enamels will achieve different effects: opaque, transparent, lead-bearing and lead-free enamels. Jean will also show how to create patterns and textures with metal mesh and foils. You will leave the class with a new creation - a gemlike 'cabochon' suitable for setting in jewelry or metalwork. Students should easily finish two projects and possibly a third.

Materials: $25 includes enamels, 18g copper shapes, cloisonné wires and tools to share.

Optional to bring: fine point watercolor paintbrushes, manicure scissors, fine point tweezers, paper and pencil for designing.

Prerequisite: some previous cloisonné enamel experience.

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Oct. 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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Filigree Techniques

Sunday , Oct. 15
10:00 am- 6:00 pm

$115 includes materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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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 and Jennifer will also go over how to embellish designs with small bezel set cabochon stones.

Materials: Each student will be given a small charcoal block and fine point soldering tweezers to work with and take home after the class. Students should also bring: dead soft fine silver wire: 5ft of 26g round, and dead soft sterling silver wire 1 ft of 16g square, 6" each, 18, 20 & 22 g round sterling wire (or purchase in class) Copper wire for practice is included.

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

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Precious Metal Clay: PMC Rings with Stones!

Saturday, Oct. 21
9:30 am- 3:30 pm

$75 plus $50 for materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC Rings

Course description: Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay.  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. Rings are a favorite with everyone, fun to make and fun to wear! You will be able to make multiple rings in this class.

Materials: $50 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for 25g PMC3, 2 CZ stones, sizing patty for 2 rings. The instructor will also supply tools to use and all necessary supplies to complete the rings.

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

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Color on Metal:

Flame Painting, Resins and Patinas

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

$75 plus materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Create patina patterns on copper using a torch and learn how to seal it without changing the colors! Explore applying colored patterns with resin and then layering these surface techniques for results in fabulous metal pieces to use in your jewelry designs. The options are limitless with layering patina and resin patterns and the creativity is all yours!

Course description: This class is all about color on copper. Meredith will show you how to create patina patterns on copper using a torch and learn how to seal it without changing the colors! Explore making colored patterns with resin of many different varieties and applications. Then add some layering with other surface techniques for fabulous results. Leave with a variety of fantastic metal creations to use in you jewelry designs. The options are limitless when layering patinas and resin patterns, and the creativity is all yours! 

Materials: $10 paid to instructor in class

Prerequisite: None!

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

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

$300 plus materials

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, 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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Enamel Effects: Waterslide Decals and Painting Enamels

Saturday, Nov. 11
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$90 + $25 materials

Instructor Julie Brooks

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Enamel Intensive

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. In this workshop Julie will show you multiple limoge formats (painting enamels), as well as how to create and 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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Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture

Sunday, Nov. 12
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 $2.00. 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
  • -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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