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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Intro. to Jewelry Casting No Class March 11  
Dates Sat Jan 28 - March 25 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $295, 6 sessions $245
Beg. Jewelry/ Metal Intensive    
Date Fri,Sat,Sun March10,11,12 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Fri,Sat April 1,2 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Casting Intensive    
Dates Sat, Sun April 22,23 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $200
Intro to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat April 29 - June 24 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $295, 6 sessions $245
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun May 6,7 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metal Intensive    
Date Fri,Sat,Sun May 26,27,28 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun June 3,4 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Inter. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun July 15,16 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $200

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
New! Jewelry Workshop: You Tubes Sat, March 25 10:00am - 4:00pm $95.00
Recycle Workshop: Gold & Silver Sun, March 26 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun April 1 & 2 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Japanese Metal Inlay and Patinas Sat, Sun, April 1 & 2 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing Workshop Sat, April 8 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, April 9 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Casting Intensive Sat, Sun, April 22 & 23 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
Electroforming Made Easy Sat, April 29 & May 6 10:00am - 4:00pm $180.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, April 30 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (tube setting) Sun, April 30 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun May 6,7 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
The Business of Jewelry Sun, May 7 10:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
PMC Sterling Stack Rings Sat, May 20 10:00am - 3:00pm $70.00
Prong Settings Sun, May 21 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun May 26,27,28 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Keum-boo: Gold Overlay on Silver Sat, June 3 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat, Sun June 3,4 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Stone Setting: No Solder Flush & Track Sun, June 4 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Metal Etching Made Easy Sat, June 10 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
TBA Sun, June 11 10:00am - 6:00pm $
Mitsuro-hikime Sat, June 17 10:00am - 4:00pm $100.00
PMC Earrings with Cabochon Set Stone Sat, June 24 10:00am -3:00pm $70.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing Workshop Sat, July 1 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, July 2 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Enameled Pinch Pots Sat, July 8 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Intermediate Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sat,Sun July 15,16 10:00am - 6:00pm $200.00

 

Weekly and Intensive Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, April 1 & 2
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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Casting Intensive

Sat/Sun April 22 & 23
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus $15 material fee

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using centrifugal casting. The first day you'll be guided step by step through carving a wax model and making a mold of it. On day two, you will cast your project into bronze, silver or gold using centrifugal casting. Then, Jennifer will show you how to clean up and polish your project into a beautiful piece of jewelry!

Course description: Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using lost wax casting. The first day you'll be guided step by step through carving a wax model and making a mold of it. On day two, you will cast your project into bronze, silver or gold using centrifugal casting or vaccuum casting. Then, Jennifer will show you how to clean up and polish your project into a beautiful piece of jewelry! Demonstrations will be geared toward completion of the ring project; students may opt to work on a different project.

Materials Fee: includes most materials, N95 dustmask and ancient bronze casting grain. Students who wish to work in sterling silver should bring clean silver scrap or casting grain.

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

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, April 29 - June 24 (no class May 27)

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 vaccuum 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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, May 6 & 7
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

May 26, 27 & 28
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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, June 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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Introduction to Hollowware

Tuesdays, June 6 - June 27
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

4 sessions $225 plus $40 material fee

Instructor Bill Dawson

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Introduction to Hollowware

Course description:  Starting with a flat sheet, students will learn to use different hammers and stakes to create a three dimensional form. Explore some of the many techniques for working with the plasticity of metal to create three-dimensional forms. Techniques will include sinking, various forms of raising, and hammer forging. You will learn how to create a functional bowl or sculptural vessel. Bill will also have tools available for purchase so you can continue on your own after the class.

Materials: $40 paid to the instructor (cash or check only) covers sheet metal and use of tools.

Prerequisite: No formal metalworking experience is required, but some stamina and facility with a hammer is helpful.

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Intermediate Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 2 days

July 15 & 16
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 6:00 pm

$200 plus materials

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 purchase silver to work with approx. $10 -$20. 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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Weekend Classes- Full Descriptions

 

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New!: Jewelry Workshop: YouTubes!

Saturday, March 25
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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YOuTubes Jewelry workshop with Jennifer Stenhouse

Course description: Learn to use the simple shape of a tube as a starting point for all kinds of projects. Start with a manufactured tube and save time in making containers, beads, stone settings and more! Make unique shapes by folding, bending, crimping and crumpling the tubes to make one of a kind jewelry and metal forms. Plus, Jennifer will also show how to bend the tubing to make simple hoop earrings as well as bracelets and necklaces; this saves on materials cost and makes the jewelry very lightweight. We will work with round, square and rectangle tubing as a starting point and you will discover all sorts of cool things you can do with tubes!

Materials: Copper and brass provided, or students may opt to bring silver to work with.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

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Recycle Workshop:

Gold and Silver Jewelry from Scratch

Sunday, March 26
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Recycle Workshop for Gold and Silver

Course description: Learn to re-use all your precious metal scraps or broken sterling silver and karat gold jewelry. Learn to make jewelry from your gold scrap or gold casting grain. This class will cover alloy identification, how to determine silver and gold content, melting, casting an ingot and using the rolling mill to produce new stock from old scrap or casting grain. Bring in your old pieces and you'll learn how to identify the karat (or purity) of the metal, melt it with a torch and make it into wire or sheet, ready to turn into a new piece of jewelry. Amy will also demonstrate direct casting methods such as water casting, broom casting and salt casting.

Materials: Students should to bring gold or silver scrap, old jewelry, or casting grain. Silver casting grain can also be purchased through instructor in class. Metal scrap and broken pieces should be pickled, pre-cleaned and ready to go.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

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NEW!: Japanese Metal Inlay and Patinas

Intensive- 2 days

April 1 & 2
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$200 plus materials

Instructor Momoko Okada *Class is Full, email or call for waitlist*

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Japanese Metal Inlay and Patina

Course description - This class offers a unique opportunity to delve into the art of Japanese inlay and patinas. Explore the process of Japanese line and dot inlay and gain skills using various Japanese alloys. Great for the beginner and experienced maker alike, this class covers the basics, but also offers the opportunity for skill refinement for more advanced students. Then, Momoko will teach you to formulate your own Japanese patinas for coloring metal by mixing chemicals from scratch. By applying patina to your inlay piece you will be able to highlight out the contrast of the different colored metals.
Patina techniques include Niiro(Nee-e-ro), a traditional Japanese patination process for copper alloys such as Shibuichi(copper & silver) and Shakudo(copper & gold), Rokusho (blue/green) patina, Heiro (red copper finish) and black finish on brass.  

Materials: $120, payable to the instructor in class (cash or check please). Kit includes:

2 Japanese inlay chisels: $50
2 - 2” x 2” 18ga Brass : $4

2” x 2” 18ga Copper : $3
2” x 2” Shibuichi(5% Silver) : $7*
2” x 2” Shibuichi (25% Silver) :$10*
4ft Fine silver wire 22g: $6*
30cm Shibuichi wire : $6*
30cm Shakudo wire : $7*

#74 drill bits: $2

patina ingredients and chemicals to share: $25

OPTIONAL to purchase: Japanese inlay Hammer : $45, payable to the instructor

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

*price of materials may change due to the silver and gold market fluctuation

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, April 1 & 2
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/ Metalsmithing Workshop

Saturday, April 8
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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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, April 9
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 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 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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Casting Intensive

Sat/Sun April 22 & 23
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus $15 material fee

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using centrifugal casting. The first day you'll be guided step by step through carving a wax model and making a mold of it. On day two, you will cast your project into bronze, silver or gold using centrifugal casting. Then, Jennifer will show you how to clean up and polish your project into a beautiful piece of jewelry!

Course description: Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using lost wax casting. The first day you'll be guided step by step through carving a wax model and making a mold of it. On day two, you will cast your project into bronze, silver or gold using centrifugal casting or vaccuum casting. Then, Jennifer will show you how to clean up and polish your project into a beautiful piece of jewelry! Demonstrations will be geared toward completion of the ring project; students may opt to work on a different project.

Materials Fee: includes most materials, N95 dustmask and ancient bronze casting grain. Students who wish to work in sterling silver should bring clean silver scrap or casting grain.

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

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Electroforming Made Easy

Two Saturdays: April 29 & May 6
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2 sessions - $180 plus $20 materials fee

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Electroforming in Copper

Course description: Electroforming (a.k.a. "dipping") is an exciting technique which allows you to 'grow' copper over almost any object. You will learn how to use this process to create a shell of copper over things like glass, wax carvings and organic materials (seed pods, dried flowers, etc) to name a few. Electroforming can be used to create complex hollow forms in copper for sculpture or jewelry. Options for a home set-up will be discussed.

Materials: Bring objects to electroform- anything porous MUST be made waterproof by and completely sealed by dipping in shellac or varnish. Since the varnish takes 24 hours to dry this can be done prior to class to save time. The majority of class time will be spent prepping your objects to get them ready to electro-plate/electro-form. Finished copper forms will be ready to pick up the following week.

Prerequisite: No prior metalworking experience is necessary, but knowledge of soldering is helpful.

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, April 30
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, April 30
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, May 6 & 7
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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The Business of Jewelry

Sunday, May 7
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$85

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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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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Precious Metal Clay:
PMC Sterling Stack Rings

Saturday, May 20
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$70 plus $45 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC Stacked Rings

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! Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay. You will learn how to make sterling silver stack rings using PMC OneFire Sterling clay. Make beautiful silver rings of your own design and wear them home. It will be the start of a love affair!

Materials: $45 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for 20g package of PMC OneFire Sterling clay.  

Prerequisite: No experience necessary! Continuing students are welcome

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Prong Settings:
Faceted Stones, cabochons and freeforms

Sunday, May 21
10:00 - 5:00 pm

$100 plus $15 materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Prong Setting for Cabochons and Faceted stones

Course description: Learn to fabricate your own custom prong settings! 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 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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

May 26, 27 & 28
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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Keum-boo: Gold Overlay on Silver

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

$75 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 fine silver for experimentation (approx. ¾” x 2”) 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: all levels

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, June 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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Stone Setting: No Solder Flush and Track Setting

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

$100 plus $15 materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Flush and Track Setting

Course description: Bored with bezels? Ready to explore more setting options? Then this class is for you! Jennifer will demonstrate a variety of simple elegant stone settings without bezels or prongs. Learn the basic techniques to create the seamless flush setting, the graceful track setting or the clever capture setting. These techniques are perfect for adding a bit of dazzling flash and details to a ring, earrings or necklaces! The amazing flush setting seems to hold the stone without prong or bezels! Students will learn the tips and tools to create these settings made simple using drills bits, stone setting burs, and new burnishing tools. Small round faceted stones and larger unusual shapes like pear and ovals are great to practice with during this workshop. Even if you've never set a stone before you can take this class. If you hate soldering to create stone settings this workshop is the one for you!

Materials: Provided. Bring your own stones or choose from our assortment.

Prerequisite: Basic jewelry fabrication skills.

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Metal Etching Made Easy

Saturday, June 10
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$85 + materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Etching Made Easy

Course description: Discover creating raised patterns in metal without any special equipment! This is the full meal deal. Meredith will cover everything 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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Hands on History of Wire

Sunday, June 11
10:00am - 6:00 pm

$100+ materials

Instructor Bill Dawson

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Course Description:  In this workshop students will explore wire making techniques, starting with the very beginning, using reproduction stone and bronze tools, and continue right up to modern times, and the use of draw plates.  We don’t think much about wire today, and most of us assume that it has always looked much the same as it does today.  However it has evolved a great deal over the millennia, both in appearance and production. Students will make many examples of wire made using different techniques, including strip twisting, swaging, and bead rolling.  We will compare our wires under magnification to micrographs of ancient jewelry pieces.  This is a great opportunity both for those interested in living history, and for jewelry artists looking for a deeper understanding of metalworking.

Students should wear sturdy fire resistant clothing, and bring work gloves.  A small amount of silver will be provided for making samples.

Materials: paid to instructor in class (cash/check only)

Prerequisite:None

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Mitsuro-hikime: A Wax Technique for Casting

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

$100

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, 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.

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Precious Metal Clay: Earrings with Cabochon Set Stone

Saturday, June 24
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$70 plus $40 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC Earrings with Cabochon Set Stone

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. Ruth will show how to incorporate a bezel into your design and fire it in place. Then you will set your stones, polish the earrings and add a patina for dramatic effect. Go home with beautiful fine silver earrings and pendant. It will be the start of a love affair!

Materials: $40 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) includes PMC3, fine silver bezel cups and cabochons for 2 sets of earrings.

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

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing Workshop

Saturday, July 1
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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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, July 2
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 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 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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Enameled Pinch Pots

Saturday July 8

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus $30 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: $30 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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Intermediate Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 2 days

July 15 & 16
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 6:00 pm

$200 plus materials

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 purchase silver to work with approx. $10 -$20. 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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