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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Continuing Cloisonne'    
Dates Sat,Sun Oct 7,8 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $225
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 $320, 6 sessions $270
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Oct 27,28,29 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
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
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

 

All Classes and Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
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
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing Workshop Sun, Oct 1 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
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 $225.00
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 rescheduled for Jan 28 10:00am - 4:00pm $115.00
Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture Sun, Nov 12 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Precious Metal Clay Pendant Sat, Nov 18 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Nov 19 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
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 $70.00
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
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun Jan 6,7 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Casting Intensive Sat,Sun Jan 13,14 10:00am - 5:00pm $215.0

 

All Classes- Full Descriptions- listed chronologically

 

 

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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing Workshop

Sunday, Oct. 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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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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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 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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Filigree Techniques

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

$115 includes materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Course description: Filigree is an intricate fabrication technique where a 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 you how to create the frame, how to twist and curl the wire to create the fill the frame and show you how make a pendant and ring project. Jennifer will also demonstrate granulation and adding a bezel set stone accent 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, and shaping filigree to create a dimensional surface.
Materials: Each student will be given a hard charcoal block and fine point soldering tweezers to work with and take home after the class. Students will be provided a kit of dead soft silver wire to work with: 15ft of 26g fine silver round, 1 ft of 16g square sterling, 1 ft of 16g round sterling, 6" of 18g round sterling wire.
Prerequisite: A minimum of basic jewelry skills required. Students should be able to work with pliers, saw and solder (or fuse.)

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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 $10 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 ***class is full-please email to get on the 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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Nov. 4 & 5
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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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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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

$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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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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Learn to anodize niobium

Course description: Add amazing color to your metal creations! Niobium is naturally a drab gray. The process of anodizing gives it the color. When Niobium is treated with electricity (or heat) a stunning color palette can be produced. Anodizing involves using a power source to run an electrical current through a conductive solution and to your work piece. By applying different voltages, a sequence of colors will form on the : 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. 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.

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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

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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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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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