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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Intro to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Tues, Aug 2 - Sept 6 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 6 sessions $245
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun,Mon Sept 3,4,5 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Stacking Rings Sat, June 25 12:00pm - 4:00pm $60.00
The Business of Jewelry Sun, June 26 10:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sat, July 2 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Beg. Jewelry Workshop Sat, July 9 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, July 10 10:00am -1:00pm $45.00
Tube Setting Workshop Sun, July 10 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
PMC Earrings with Cabochon Set Stone Sat, July 16 10:00am - 3:00pm $70.00
Ancient and Easy Chains Sun, July 17 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Bronze PMC (New Class) Sat, July 23 10.30am - 5:00pm $95.00
Polymer Clay Possibilities (New Class) Sun, July 24 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Stone Setting: Prongs from Wire Sun, July 31 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Casting Intensive Sat & Sun, Aug 6 & 7 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
PMC Stacking Rings Sat, Aug 13 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Flame Painting and Color on Metal Sun, Aug 14 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Bangles and Cuffs Sat, Aug 20 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Flex Shaft Tips and Tricks Sun, Aug 21 10:00am - 4:00pm $95.00
Tool Making Workshop Sat & Sun, Aug 27 & 28 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sat,Sun,Mon Sept 3,4,5 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Into. to Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Sat, Sept 10 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Enameled Jewelry Sat, Sept 17 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Stone Setting Alternatives Sun, Sept 18 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Ring Making Workshop Sat, Sept 24 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sat, Sept 24 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Metal Etching Made Easy Sun, Sept 25 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00

 

Weekly and Intensive Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Tuesdays August 2 - Sept 6
6 pm - 9 pm

$245 - 6 sessions

Instructor Joni Joachims

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 and a dust mask rated P100 or N95 (available at the hardware store or $3 at the studio)

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

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

September 3,4,5
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300 plus the cost of silver

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 -$30

Prerequisite: None.

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Weekend Classes- Full Descriptions

 

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Stacking Rings

Saturday, June 25
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

$60 plus $25 materials fee

Instructor Julia Lowther

Silver Stacking Rings at Tacoma Metal Arts Center

Course description: Soldering is magic. Making metal stick to itself with metal? Totally magic! Come learn some magic and go home with three lovely sterling silver stack rings to prove it. Even if you have never used a torch before, this is the class for you. Short, sweet, and highly productive. The instructor will be with you every step of the way. Beginners welcome!

Materials: $25 supply fee paid to the instructor covers all materials. Price subject to change with fluctuating precious metals market.

Prerequisite: None

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The Business of Jewelry

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

$85

Instructor Meredith Arnold

*Class is full please e mail or call to be added to the waiting list**

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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Bezel Setting Workshop

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

$95 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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-$10 to cover the cost of silver and stones.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, July 9
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

*Class is full please e mail or call to be added to the waiting list**

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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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, July 10
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves **class is full, please email or call for the waiting list***

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, July 10
1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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Precious Metal Clay: Earrings with Cabochon Set Stone

Saturday, July 16
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$70 plus $40 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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: Kit available from instructor: $40 (cash/check only) includes PMC3, fine silver bezel cups and cabochons for 2 sets of earrings.

Prerequisite: None

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Ancient and Easy Chains

Sunday, July 17
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Ancient and Easy Chains

Course description: This class will cover everything from traditional chains to stepping outside of the box to create unusual links. A wide range of chain styles will be demonstrated including cold-connected, woven, and soldered link chains. We will start the day with chains that do not require solder or heat: Egyptian spiral, Viking Knit, and wire-wrapped links with beads. Learn to use pliers, basic hammering, wire forming and weaving, to create beautiful, flexible chains from different gauges of wire. Next, we will work with a torch to solder links to create loop in loop chain, cable chain, and chains of artistic free form links.  Jennifer will also show how to make your own jump rings and hand finishing. Work time will be spent on samples of chain styles in base metals (copper, brass, bronze) but students are welcome to finish samples with purchased silver. No experience necessary!

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

Prerequisite: none

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NEW! Bronze Metal Clay

Saturday, July 23
10:30 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus $25 materials fee

Instructor Suz O'Dell

Bronze PMC

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 how to make a mold.  We will do one firing during class. Additional firings will be done by the instructor after the class and finished work will be available for pick-up at Tacoma Metal Arts Center one week after class.

Materials: Supply fee of $25 payable to the instructor at class 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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NEW! Polymer Clay Possibilities

Sunday, July 24
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 plus $20 kit

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Meredith Arnold teaches Polymer Clay

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

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

Prerequisite: None

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Prong Settings from Wire: for Faceted Stones and Freeforms

Sunday, July 31
10:00 - 5:00 pm

$115 includes materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Learn to fabricate your own custom prong settings! 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 faceted stones, but these designs can be easily adapted for cabochon cuts and freeform shapes. The use of the flex shaft and the different setting burs will be covered.

Course description: Learn to fabricate your own custom prong settings! 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 faceted stones, but these designs can be easily adapted for cabochon cuts and freeform shapes. The use of the flex shaft and the different setting burs will be covered.

Materials: Materials are included, optional to bring: silver wire in gauges 16-20 and stones to work with, a project to attach your setting to.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry

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Casting Intensive

Sat/Sun August 6 & 7
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus the cost of metal

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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 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! Demonstrations will be geared toward completion of the ring project; students may opt to work on a different project.

Materials: Students should bring sterling or bronze casting grain or scrap, or purchase in class.

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

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Precious Metal Clay:
PMC Stack Rings

Saturday, August 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 plus $40 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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! You will learn how to make stack rings using .960 Silver (combination of PMC3 and PMC sterling. Go home with beautiful silver rings that you designed and made. It will be the start of a love affair!

Materials: $40 supply fee payable to the instructor

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Color on Metal:

Flame Painting, Patinas and Resins

Sunday, August 14
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$75 plus materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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: 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 with other 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! 

Materials: $10 fee payable to the instructor in class

Prerequisite: None!

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Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks

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

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Flex Shaft Polishing Tips and Tricks

Course description: The flex shaft is one of the most versatile tools and a must have for the metalsmith's studio. But, do you know all the things you can do with it? Much more than just the basics of drilling and finishing! Not sure what you can do with all those attachments? Jennifer will show you all the time saving tricks the flex shaft can offer in the way of stone setting, sanding, and different finishes from matte to high shine. Plus the instructor will cover a variety of exciting textures you can add to your jewelry pieces plus she's got a few other tricks up her sleeve!

Materials: Bring in your unfinished polishing projects and questions.

Prerequisites: Beginning jewelry

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Tool Making Workshop

Saturday/Sunday August 27 & 28

10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$200 plus materials

Instructor Bill Dawson

Tool Making Workshop

Course description: You will make several simple tools in this money saving workshop. Learn the skills to create and customize a range of tools for your studio! You will learn to gauge the quality of steel, as well as how to soften and harden it. Bill will cover hot forging, stock removal, engraving, and other metal shaping techniques. Bill will also share his tips on sources to get new tool steel stock and how to get it as salvage. These valuable skills will give you a whole new range of options to create tools, alter tools to suit the task at hand, or completely transform old or broken tools. You will be able to make chasing tools, center punches, decorative stamps or a maker's mark hallmarking tool. Students will be provided with steel for making several simple tools.

Materials: $20 fee, payable to the instructor (cash or check only please)

Prerequisite: Basic jewelry skills: sawing, filing, annealing.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

September 3, 4 & 5
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300 plus the cost of silver

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 -$30

Prerequisite: None.

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Introduction to PMC
Precious Metal Clay

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

$75 plus $40 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

Introduction to PMC

Course description: You have heard about PMC for so long, well now is the time to find out what the excitement is all about! This Mini-intro will let you get your fingers on the most amazing silver in the world: Precious Metal Clay! You will learn how to form, texture, dry and torch fire your piece. Go home with beautiful fine silver earrings and pendant or two pendants that you designed and made. It will be the start of a love affair!

Materials: Silver Clay available from instructor: $40 1 PMC3 16g clay.

Prerequisite: None

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Enamels: Make your mark

Sunday, September 11
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Julie Brooks

Enamel Intensive

Course description: In this workshop you will explore a variety of techniques using powder and liquid enamels in opaque and transparent colors. Julie will show you how to create hand drawn elements, different enamel painting techniques and apply simple decals. Demonstrations will include: sifting and liquid enamel (white), use of graphite, stamp/pen methods, and firing single color water slide decals. Julie will also show you how to make your own sifting tools.  We will cover intermediate skills and experiment with more intricate design applications, including simple iron oxide waterslide decal application how to use painting with different forms of enamels to apply color with painterly effect (watercolors enamels, acrylic enamels and china paints). Find your voice through color application, use of line quality, and texture to further your artistic concepts. Previous drawing and painting experiences in not required!

Materials to bring:

  • Dust mask rated N95 (or purchase at TMAC)
  • Old towel (to save paper towels)
  • 2 SOFT plastic spray paint can lids (to make sifters-optional)
  • A few sizes of paintbrushes
  • Any container of non-lead bearing enamel they may have and want to work with
  • A small plastic paint tray with lid for watercolors

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry and previous enameling experience is helpful

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Enameled Jewelry

Saturday, September 17
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

Enameled Jewelry

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 various effects in enameling such as line application, sgrafitto, stencils, color shading, graphite and liquid enamels. 

Materials: Most materials included, bring rubber stamps and stencils if you have them. Students will need an N95 dust mask and small paint brushes.

Prerequisite: None

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Stone Setting Alternatives with Tubes and Prongs

Sunday, September 18
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. Optional: bring a ring or other pieces to solder your settings onto.

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

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Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, September 24
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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, September 24
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 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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Metal Etching Made Easy

Sunday, September 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$75

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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