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Weekly Classes

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals    
Dates Wed, Sept 24 - Oct 15 Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $165
Introduction to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, Sept. 27 - Nov 22 Time 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 6 sessions $235 8, sessions $285
Blacksmithing    

Dates Sundays, Oct 12 - Nov 2

Dates Saturdays, Oct 18 - Nov 8

Times 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Times 11:00am - 3:00pm

Fee 4 sessions $300

Fee 4 sessions $300

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals    
Dates Sat, Nov 1 - Nov 22 Time 10:30am - 3:00pm Fee 4 sessions $210
Open Studio Rental    
available every week Weds/Thurs 12 - 8pm Fri 10 - 6pm $10/hour, $30/day, $120/month

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Bezel Setting Sun, Sept 21 10:00am - 4:30pm

Full

Ring Making Workshop

Sat, Sept 27

12 noon - 3:00pm

$45

Ring Making Workshop Sun, Sept 28 10:00am - 1:00pm Full
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Setting) Sun, Sept 28 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Spinner Ring Workshop Sat, Oct 4 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, Oct 5 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Hand Stamped Jewelry Thur, Oct 9 6:00pm - 9:00pm $35.00
Saturday Open Studio Sat, Oct 11 11:00am - 5:00pm $10/hour
Metal Etching Made Easy Sun, Oct 12 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Flex Shaft Tips and Tricks Sun, Oct 19 10:00am - 4:00pm $95.00
Fusing Argentium Silver Thur, Oct 23 6:00pm - 9:00pm $35.00
NEW- The Fool Proof Hinge Sat, Oct 25 11:00am - 3:00pm tba
Creative Settings with Tubes and Prongs Sun, Oct 26 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Nov 9 10:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Classical Wire Wrapping Sun, Nov 16 10:00am - 3:00pm $55.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Nov 23 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sun, Nov 23 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Engraving Sat,Sun, Dec 6,7 10:00am - 4:00pm $150.00
PMC Earrings Workshop Sun, Dec 14 10:00am - 2:00pm $60.00
Kids Class Mon, Dec 22 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Beginning Jewelry Intensive Sat,Sun,Mon, Dec 27,28,29 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

September 24 - October 15
Wednesdays
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$165 - 4 sessions

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: In this class you'll learn the basics techniques to create jewelry of your own design. Possible projects include a cuff bracelet, textured earrings and a ring or pendant with a bezel set cabochon stone. Techniques covered will include use of the rolling mill, hammers, jewelers saw and silver soldering. Includes most materials, students may buy silver and stones from instructor for ring project, or bring their own.

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

Prerequisite: None

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

September 27 - November 22, no class Oct. 18
Saturdays
4:30 - 7:30

$235 6 sessions 
$285 8 sessions

Instructor Joni Joachims

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Course description: Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using centrifugal or vacuum casting. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. The instructor will also cover making molds of your pieces and production options for making multiples. For past TMAC casting students only: drop in to one session of the casting class for $45 (subject to availability*)

Materials: Students should bring sterling or bronze casting grain or scrap.

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

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Blacksmithing

Sundays, October 12 - November 2, 1 pm -5 pm
or Saturdays, October 18 -November 8, 11 am - 3 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

5 sessions, including an optional community project day: Saturday November 15

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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Blacksmithing Workshop

Course description: You will learn basic blacksmithing techniques with a variety of hands on projects each week.  Ranging from decorative to functional, possible projects include plant hangers, candlestick holders, fire pokers, decorative hooks and barbeque skewers 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.  Limited to four students. The classes will take place at Mike's Tacoma studio: 1207 Martin Luther King.

The class includes an optional community project day on October 11 where students will work together on a project that will donated to a local organization.

Location:1207 Martin Luther King, Tacoma, WA 98405

Materials: Approx. $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.

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

November 1 - November 22
Saturday
10:30 am - 3:00 pm 1/2 hour lunch break

$210 - 4 sessions

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: In this class you'll learn the basics techniques to create jewelry of your own design. Possible projects include a cuff bracelet, textured earrings and a ring or pendant with a bezel set cabochon stone. Techniques covered will include use of the rolling mill, hammers, jewelers saw and silver soldering. Includes most materials, students may buy silver and stones from instructor for ring project, or bring their own.

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

Prerequisite: None

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Open Studio Rental

Wednesdays: 12 - 8pm*
Thursdays: 12 - 8pm*
Fridays: 10am - 6pm

$10/ hour
$30/ day
$120/ month

 

Open Studio Saturday

Open Studio is for independent use by students who have taken classes at TMAC. Full details here.

No need to RSVP, just drop by and pay $10 per hour or $30 for the whole day or $120 monthly (by approval only). Open studio fee does not include metals, solder or consumables. Students are expected to be able to work independently. Materials available for sale at the studio, or bring your own.

*Studio ends at 6 pm if there is an evening class.

**No open studio Friday August 22.

Private instruction for a variety of topics is also available, starting at $65 per hour. Popular topics include: Wedding Ring Tutorial, Beginning Jewelry, Forged Jewelry Forms and Hollowware Topics.

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One day or weekend classes full description

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, September 21
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

$85 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

Class is Full. Please call or email to get on the wait list.

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

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, September 27
12 noon - 3:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

Ring Making Workshop

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: 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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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, September 28
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

Sunday Class is Full. Please call or email to get on the wait list.

Ring Making Workshop

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: 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, September 28
1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

Class is Full. Please call or email to get on the wait list.
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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Spinner Ring Workshop

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

$85 plus cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

Spinner Ring Workshop

Course description: This class is great for absolute beginners and seasoned jewelry makers alike! Sometimes called worry rings, fidget rings, turning rings, prayer rings or motion rings. “Playing" with the spinning band in repetitive motion can help to calm the mind. Learn to fabricate a gorgeous silver ring by hand. Add one or more 'spinner' rings of revolving metal to the outside. Embellish your piece with a bezel cup for added color and interest with gemstones! Patina or shiny silver, these rings are gorgeous!

Materials: students may bring 1"x3" 20 gauge sheet and 3" 1x3 mm rectangle wire, or purchase materials in class

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry is helpful but not required

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

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

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: Perfect for anyone who has always wanted to learn jewelry making but never had the time. Amy will cover metalsmithing fundamentals, and you will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, rolling mill and hydraulic press. Amy will also talk about how to set up a home studio so you can continue on your own after the class.

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

Prerequisite: none

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Hand Stamped Charms

Thursday, October 9
6:00 - 9:00 pm

$35 plus materials

Instructor Danielle Dunlap

How to stamp jewelry- classes at TMAC-Tacoma Metal Arts Center

Course description: Discover how easy it is to make personal, meaningful, one-of-a-kind jewelry. You'll start by cutting a metal blank with the disc cutter or blanking dies. Then learn to use letter, number and punctuation stamps to spell out your name, your pet’s name, or even your favorite snippet of poetry…the possibilities are endless! Last, punch a hole, add a ring and it is ready to wear home. Finishing techniques such as oxidizing, sanding and tumble polishing will also be covered. More advanced students may bring finished projects to embellish, such as cuff bracelets, rings, etc.

Materials: Most supplies included. Students wishing to work in silver can bring sheet in 24 gauge or thicker.

Prerequisite: None

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Art Month Studio Tour/ Open Studio

Saturday, October 11
Studio Tour/ Demos.11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Studio Tour and Demos are Free!

 

Open Studio Rental: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Fee: Open Studio $10 per hour

Art at Work/ Tacoma Arts Month Studio Tour - TMAC will be participating in this city wide event where you can tour the studio and see the tools, equipment, and facility where jewelry and metal art is made. Come on in for hands-on demos, visit the Retail Gallery, and have any questions answered.

Open Studio Saturday - By popular request! No need to RSVP, just drop by and pay $10 per hour or $30 for the whole day. Monthly users need not pay. Open studio fee does not include metals, solder or consumables. Materials available for sale at the studio. Open Studio is for independent use by students who have taken one or more classes at TMAC. In addition to regular open studio hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, on October 11th there will be a Saturday Session!

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Metal Etching Made Easy

Sunday, October 12
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$75 plus materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Etching Made Easy

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

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

Prerequisites: None

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Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks

Sunday, October 19
10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

 

Flex Shaft Polishing Tips and Tricks

Course description: There's a reason the flexible shaft drill is indispensable in the jeweler's arsenal of tools. It can be used to sand, polish, drill, hammer, texture, make jump rings, twist wire, set stones, carve wax and much, much more! Jennifer will show you all the mysteries of the flex shaft and how to make it work for you. Learn about the care and feeding of your new baby, and a wide range of uses that will make it the number one tool in your studio! Jennifer will also discuss, options, accessories, as well as compare and contrast the different flex shaft brands and similar tools. 

Materials: Bring in your unfinished polishing projects, questions and any materials you usually work with.

Prerequisites: Beginning jewelry

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Fusing Argentium Silver

Thursday, October 23
6:00 - 9:00 pm

$35 plus materials

Instructor Danielle Dunlap

Fusing Argentium Silver

Course description: Argentium is a new alloy of Sterling silver that is anti-tarnish, anti-firescale, softer that fine silver and stronger than sterling!  Learn to form rings, make chain and more to create one of a kind jewelry. We will make earrings, stacking rings, or chain.  No experience necessary.

Materials: 3 foot length of 16 g argentium sterling round wire, or more. Also available for purchase at the studio.

Prerequisite: none

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The Fool-proof Hinge

Saturday, Oct 25
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$60

Instructor Peggy Foy

Registration Begins soon, call or email to pre-register

TMAC- school for Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Course description: Create a sweet little locket for a pendant or ring in this mini class. Peggy will show you how to make a fool-proof hinge.

Materials: Included.

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

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Stone Setting: Creative Setting with Tubes and Prongs

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

$115

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Stone Setting Tubes and Prongs

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

Materials: Includes silver tube and cubic zirconium stones. Additional silver available for purchase.

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

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Bezel Setting Workshop

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

$85 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Classical Wire Wrapping

Sunday, November 16
10:00 am- 3:00 pm

$55 plus $25 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

 

Classical Wire Wrapping

Course description: Classical wire wrapped jewelry is a great way to make stunning designs using simple techniques, minimal tools and no soldering.  In this class we will learn the basics for a precision wire wrapping technique - classical wire wrapping.  Using square and half-round wire, we will learn to build a light weight, open back setting that will really show off the stone.  Ruth will show how to capture the stone using small prongs and how to integrate a streamlined bail as part of the pendant design. Learn the technique step by step while you create a gorgeous pendant that you can wear home!

Materials: Payable in class: kit fee $25 for stone and Silver Fill wire. Tools provided for use in class. 

Prerequisite: none

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, November 23
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Ring Making Workshop

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

Sunday, November 23
1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Flush setting at TMAC

Course description: Learn to set round faceted stones in flush mounts, it's not as hard as you think!. Learn the tricks with the flex shaft to set stones quickly and easily. We will practice with 2 mm - 3 mm faceted round stones. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or previous metalworking experience. Take it with the Ring Making Workshop and set a stone in the ring you make!

Materials: Price includes copper sheet & cubic zirconium stones, silver available for purchase. Or, you can bring a project to set your stone into.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry, ring class or equivalent

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Engraving Tricks for Jewelers and Metal Artists

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$150 plus $75 kit fee

Instructor Bill Dawson

Engraving

Course description: Mastering engraving is a lifetime endeavor, but the basics can be learned in a fairly short time. There is a lot of embellishment that can be done with relatively little engraving experience, and engraving can add a great deal of interest to your designs. We will start with tool setup and layout and then explore hand engraving, wriggle cut, and hammer driven engraving. We will work with a variety of methods for holding the work piece and different ways to transfer patterns. You will take home a basic set of gravers fitted to your hands and a whole new range of options for decorating your designs.

Materials: $75 kit fee payable to instructor in class (cash/check only).The kit includes a square graver (high speed steel), a flat graver, (high speed steel), a carbon steel onglette graver, handles for all, oil tin for lubing the gravers, shellac stick, punch block, and leather engraving pad.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent.

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PMC Earring Workshop

Sunday, December 14
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

$60 plus $45 materials fee payable to instructor

Instructor Ruth Greening

 

PMC Earring Workshop

Course description:  How many pairs of earrings can you make from 9g of PMC clay and one PMC sheet? Find out in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay. Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver.

Materials: The $45 kit fee (cash or check payable in class) includes sterling silver wire, PMC3 9g & 1PMC sheet. Instructor will provide tools to use during class, firing and finishing.

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

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Kids Jewelry/ Metals Class

Monday, December 22
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$85 includes materials

Instructor Joni Joachims

 

kids jewelry making at TMAC

Course description: For the first time a jewelry / metals class for kids at TMAC! For ages 9 - 14. Demonstrations include stamping, texturing, cutting, shaping and riveted connections. Students will spend the day learning different ways to form, shape cut, texture and join metals to create jewelry and metal art.

Materials: Included

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

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

Fee: $300

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals intensive

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

Materials: Most materials included. Students may opt to purchase silver to work with approx. $10 -$20

Prerequisite: None.

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