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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Intro to Jewelry Casting    
Sats, Oct 14 - Dec 9 no class 10/28 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $320, 6 sessions $270
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Dec 2,3 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intesive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Dec 15,16,17 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat, Sun Jan 5,6,7 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Jan 6,7 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Casting Intensive    
Sat, Sun Jan. 13,14 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $215
Intro to Jewelry Casting    
Sats, March 24 - May 19 no class April 28 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $320, 6 sessions $270

 

All Classes and Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Precious Metal Clay Pendant Sat, Nov 18 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Nov 19 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun, Dec 2,3 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Resin, Rivets, Patinas and More! Sat, Dec 2 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Niobium Anodizing Workshop Sun, Dec 3 10:00am - 4:30pm $95.00
PMC Holiday Charms Sat, Dec 9 10:00am - 3:00pm $65.00
Five Golden Rings Sun, Dec 10 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Dec 15,16,17 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Jan 5,6,7 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun Jan 6,7 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Casting Intensive Sat,Sun Jan 13,14 10:00am - 5:00pm $215.00
Ring Making Workshop Sat, Jan 20 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sat, Jan 20 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
PMC: Hobbitats and Fairy Homes Sun, Jan 21 10:00am - 4:00pm $80.00
Enamel Basics Sat, Jan 27 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Enamel Effects Sun, Jan 28 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun Feb 3,4 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sat, Feb 3 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Feb 4 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Keum-boo: Gold Overlay on Silver Sat, Feb 10 10:30am - 3:00pm $75.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Feb. 16,17,18 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Intermediate Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sat,Sun Feb 24,25 10:00am - 6:00pm $200.00
Intro. to Jewlery Casting Sats, March 24 - May 19 4:30pm - 7:30pm $320.00

 

All Classes- Full Descriptions- listed chronologically

 

PMC: Precious Metal Clay Pendant
with stone setting

Saturday, Nov. 18
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 plus $40 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC Pendant with Stone Setting Fired in Place, taught by Ruth Greening

Course description:  You have heard about PMC for so long, now is the time to find out what the excitement is all about! This hands on intro will let you get your fingers on the most amazing silver in the world: Precious Metal Clay! Learn to create a beautiful pendant that has a bit of ‘bling’ to show it off!  You will learn how to create a beautiful pendant from precious metal clay silver, then Ruth will show you how to properly set a faceted stone to be fired in place.

Materials: $40 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for 16g PMC3, 2 CZ stones, PMC paste, use of tools for class, firing, finishing and patina.

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

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, Nov. 19
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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

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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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Dec. 2 & 3
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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Resins and Rivets, Patinas and More!

(aka Cold Fusions Techniques)

Saturday, Dec. 2
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Fee: $75 plus $35 materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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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 paid to instructor in class- Includes copper, aluminum and brass for projects, as well as in class use of supplies including powdered and UV resins, inks, mica powders, patina products, silicone molding compound, polymer clay, rivets, flux, sounding boards for bench blocks, sandpapers, sealer, latex like gloves, work surfaces.

Optional to bring: An item to mold about the size of a quarter, Prismacolor brand colored 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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New!: Anodizing Niobium Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 3
10:00 am- 4:30 pm

$95 + $35 materials

Instructor Susan Zeiss

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Enrollment cut off Nov. 26 to ensure enough time to order supplies.

Anodize niobium workshop with susn zeiss at tacoma metal arts center

Course description:Add amazing color to your metal creations! Niobium is naturally a drab gray. The anodizing process gives it color. When Niobium is treated with electricity (or heat) a stunning palette can be produced. Anodizing involves using a power source to run an electrical current through a conductive solution with your piece serving as the anode. By applying different voltages, a sequence of colors will form on the surface: from neutral gold and silver to brilliant pinks, blues and greens. Working from color charts and samples developed in class, you will learn the process hands on. Susan will show you how to create colorful contrasting patterns, color gradations or monochromatic effects. Try surface treatments, masking, and painting. Working niobium is very different from working silver or copper, which brings some challenges. Niobium cannot be annealed or soldered.  Susan will show different ways to successfully cut, texture, form and finish your creations. Make earrings, pendants or charms. Students should be able to finish 2-3 projects in class or samples for future use.

Materials fee: $35 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only please) Includes niobium sheet and wire for projects, plus use of the instructor's anodizing tools

Optional to bring: Decorative paper punches (we will use paper to texture the niobium in the rolling mill)

Prerequisite: Basic jewelry skills: sawing, filing and polishing.

Please enroll by Nov. 26 to ensure enough time to order supplies.

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Precious Metal Clay:
PMC Holiday Charms & Earrings

Saturday, Dec. 9
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$65 plus $45 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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holiday charms in this precious metal clay class

Course description: Looking for some special stocking stuffers and last minute gifts?  Then you will love this fun class.  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 beautiful silver jewelry charms, earrings or pendants. Choose to work with holiday themed designs or anything else you want to make!

Materials: $45 paid to the instructor in class (cash/check only please) includes 16g PMC3 and CZ stones

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

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Five Golden Rings

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

$95 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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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

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

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

$300 plus materials

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

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals intensive

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

Materials: Most materials included. Students may opt to purchase silver to work with approx. $10 -$30

Prerequisite: None.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

Jan. 5, 6 & 7
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, Jan. 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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Casting Intensive

Sat/Sun Jan 13 & 14
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. 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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Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, Jan. 20
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, Jan. 20
1:30 - 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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Precious Metal Clay Charms:
Hobbitats and Fairy Homes

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

$80 plus materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC

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

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

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

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Enamel Basics

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

$95

Instructor Jean Tudor

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Enamel Basics class with Jean Tudor at TMAC

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

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

Prerequisite: None!

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Enamel Effects: Waterslide Decals and Painting Enamels

Sunday, Jan. 28

10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$90 + $25 materials

Instructor Julie Brooks

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enamel effects:decals and painting enamels

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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Blacksmithing Weekend

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

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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Blacksmithing Workshop

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

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

Location:1207 Martin Luther King, Tacoma 98405

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

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

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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beginning jewelry workshop

Course description: A great starter class for absolute beginners. Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Amy will cover many metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, soldering and texturing.  Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, and rolling mill. The instructor will also talk about how to set up a home studio so you can continue on your own after the class. No prior jewelry experience is necessary, students of all levels are welcome. 

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

Prerequisite: none

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Bezel Setting Workshop

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

$100 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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

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

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

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Keum-boo: Gold Overlay on Silver

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

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

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

Prerequisite: None, open to all levels

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

Feb. 16, 17 &18
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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Intermediate Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 2 days

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

$200

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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

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

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

 

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

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

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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

Instructor Joan Joachims

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

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

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

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

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