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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Beg. Jewelry/ Metal Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Jan 6,7,8 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Inter. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun Jan 14,15 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $200
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Jan 14,15 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Intro. to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat Jan 28 - March 25 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $295, 6 sessions $245
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Feb 4,5 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun March 4,5 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metal Intensive    
Date Fri,Sat,Sun March10,11,12 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, Dec 4 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Resins, Rivets, Patinas and More Sat, Dec 10 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Five Golden Rings Sun, Dec 11 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Precious Metal Clay: PMC Rings Sat, Dec 17 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Dec 18 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sun, Dec 18 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Jan 6,7,8 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Intermediate Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat Jan 14,15 10:00am - 6:00pm $200.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun Jan 14,15 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sat, Jan 21 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Jan 22 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
PMC: Hobbitats and Fairy Homes Sat, Jan 28 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Sticks and Stones and Setting Bones Sun, Jan 29 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Tube and Flush Setting Workshop Sat, Feb 4 10:00am - 4:00pm $100.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun Feb 4,5 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Feb 5 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Metal Etching Made Easy Sat, Feb 11 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Tool Making Workshop Sun, Feb 12 10:00am - 6:00pm $115.00
Creative Wax Carving for Stone Setting Sat, Feb 18 10:00am - 4:00pm $95.00
PMC Earring Workshop Sun, Feb 19 11:00am - 3:00pm $60.00
Cloisonné Enameling Sat,Sun Feb 25,26 Sat 10-4, Sun 10-5 $200.00
Rivets Intensive Sat, March 4 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun March 4,5 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Flex shaft Tips & Tricks Sun, March 5 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun March 10,11,12 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00

 

Weekly and Intensive Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

Jan 6, 7 & 8
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

January 14 & 15
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 purchase silver to work with approx. $10 -$20. Please bring a dust mask rated N95 (available at the hardware store or $2 at the studio)

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

 

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Jan. 14 &15
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, Jan 28 - March 25 (no class March 11)
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$295 - 8 sessions/ $245 - 6 sessions

plus $25 materials fee

Instructor Joni Joachims

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

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

Sat/Sun, Feb 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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, March 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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

March 10, 11 & 12
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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Weekend Classes- Full Descriptions

 

 

Resins and Rivets, Patinas and More!

(aka Cold Fusions Techniques)

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

Fee: $75 plus kit $35

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: Includes copper, aluminum and brass metal pieces, powdered and UV resins, wire, inks, mica powders, patina products, silicone molding compound, polymer clay, rivets, flux, sounding boards for bench blocks, sandpapers, sealer, latex like gloves, work surfaces.

Students should bring: An item to mold about the size of a quarter, Prismacolor 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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Five Golden Rings

Sunday, Dec. 11
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 is helpful.

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NEW! Precious Metal Clay: PMC Rings

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

$85 plus $50 for materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC Rings

Course description: Rings are a favorite with everyone, fun to make and fun to wear! Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay Rings.  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. You will be able to make multiple rings in this class. Keep them for yourself or give them as gifts!

Materials: Kit fee is $50 which includes 25g PMC3, 2 CZ stones, sizing patty for 2 rings. Also use of tools and all necessary supplies to complete the rings. (Payable to instructor, cash or check only please)

Prerequisite: None

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, Dec 18
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

*Class is full, please e-mail for the waiting list

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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

Sunday, Dec 18
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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

Jan. 6, 7 & 8
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300

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 -$20

Prerequisite: None.

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Intermediate Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 2 days

January 14 & 15
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 purchase silver to work with approx. $10 -$20. Please bring a dust mask rated N95 (available at the hardware store or $2 at the studio)

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

 

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Jan. 14 &15
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, January 21
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, January 22
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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

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

Materials: Bring a stone to set or purchase one from our assortment. Students should bring $5-$15 to cover the cost of silver and stones.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Precious Metal Clay Charms:
Hobbitats and Fairy Homes

Saturday, Jan. 28
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85 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.  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.

Materials: Silver Clay kit: $60 PMC3 25g clay. or Kit fee $10 supplying your own PMC3 clay.  (Cash or check only please)

Prerequisite: None

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Sticks and stones and setting bones

Sunday, Jan. 29
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$100

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Stick and Stones

Course description:In this informal workshop experimentation will be the theme!  Jennifer will show you exciting new possibilities for adding unusual materials into your jewelry and artwork.   Learn to use diamond burs and other accessories for the flex shaft to carve, shape and modify stones, shells, glass, ceramics, enamels, bones, cabochons, almost anything!  Once you've made adaptations and modifications to your materials, Jennifer will help you incorporate them into jewelry or sculpture. Learn to use cold connection methods and which types of adhesives are appropriate for what materials. Safety issues of working with these materials will be addressed as well.  Bring your treasures and unusual finds and be ready for inspiration! Each student will be given a diamond bur set to use during class and to take home with them.

Materials: Students should bring any and all unusual materials and found objects they would like to learn to work with. Copper and brass provided, students may bring silver to work with if they wish.

Prerequisite: Basic metalsmithing skills or beginning jewelry.

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Tube and Flush Setting Workshop

Saturday, Feb. 4
10:00am - 4:00 pm

$100

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Flush setting at TMAC

Course description: Learn to set round faceted stones in flush and tube 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.

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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Feb. 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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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 5
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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Metal Etching Made Easy

Saturday, February 11

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$85 + materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Etching Made Easy

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

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

Prerequisites:None

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Tool Making Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 12

10:00 am- 6:00 pm

$115 plus materials

Instructor Bill Dawson

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Tool Making Workshop

Course description: Learning how to make your own tools is a game changer in the jewelry making world. In this money saving workshop Bill will help you make several simple tools. Learn the skills to create and customize a range of one of a kind tools for your metals studio. Bill will also share his tips on sources to get new tool steel stock and how to get salvage steel, teach you how 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. 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. Start by making a center punch, then move on to mare complicated processes including chasing tools, decorative stamps even a maker's mark hallmarking tool. Materials fee includes steel for making several simple tools.

Materials: $10 fee, payable to the instructor (cash or check only please)

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

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Creative Wax Carving for Successful Stone Settings

Saturday, Feb. 18
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Stone Setting in Wax

Course description:  Lost wax casting is widely used today for making production jewelry as well as unique one-of-a-kind treasures. Learn the fundamentals of wax carving along with some great new tricks for designing and creating wax models in this one day workshop. Designed for wax carvers, this class will focus on time saving tricks and creative tips for stone settings in wax carvings for lost wax casting. Jennifer will demonstrate how to set all different shapes and sizes of stones including faceted, free form, found objects & cabochons. Learn to create prongs, modified bezels, flush settings for round faceted stones, Jennifer will also cover how to cast stones in place, setting them right in the wax before casting! and Jennifer will introduce you to some new tools and helpful tips for all stone setting projects show you how easy it can be creating unique settings for unusual stones. Students will explore a variety of techniques for working in wax and learn to design, carve and prepare good waxes for clean castings. She'll share her tips for successful sprues as well! More advanced students will be challenged to create more sophisticated projects.

Materials: Most materials included. Bring a wax pen if you have one.

Prerequisite: Intro to lost wax casting class or equivalent. Note: this class will cover wax carving only, not the casting process.

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PMC Earring Workshop

Sunday, Feb. 19
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$60 plus $45 materials fee payable to instructor

Instructor Ruth Greening

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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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Cloisonné Enameling

Sat/Sun Feb. 25 & 26
Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus materials

Instructor Jean Tudor

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Cloisonne Enameling

Course description: In cloisonné enamel, fine lines of metal wire create patterns and images. The patterns are then filled with vibrant colors of glass fused to the surface through firing. In this class Jean will show you how to create a design with wires as well as tricks for how to bend and apply the cloisonné wires.  Jean will also show how to create patterns with mesh and metal foils. Learn the process step by step including how to achieve a high polish on the glass surface. You will leave the class with a new creation- a gemlike 'cabochon' suitable for setting in jewelry or metalwork. 

Materials:

Prerequisite: None

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Rivets Intensive

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

Fee: $85 plus $10 materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Rivets Intensive with Meredith rnold at Tacoma Metal Arts

Course description - An in-depth workshop where you will learn all different ways to make rivets. Meredith will cover just about every way to do a rivet using tubing and wire. You'll learn how to incorporate rivets into your work to create a box, add movement to pendants and make articulated joins in your jewelry pieces. Rivets are also a great way to incorporate found objects into your work without heating.

Rivets create new exciting possibilities to combine and collage metals and materials that can't be joined by soldering. Discover moving connections and how to use rivets as decorative elements or make them disappear and still have a strong joint between materials. This class will provide many great tips and tricks to achieve consistent results with wire and tube rivets every time.

Materials: $10 fee for metals.

Prerequisite: None.

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, March 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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Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks

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

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Flex Shaft Polishing Tips and Tricks

Course description: The flex shaft is one of the most versatile tools in the metalsmith's studio. Do you know all the things you can do with it? In this class we'll focus on using it for different finishes from matte to high shine. Plus the instructor will cover a variety of exciting textures you can add to your jewelry pieces.

Materials: Bring in your unfinished polishing projects and questions.

Prerequisites: Beginning jewelry

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

March 10, 11 & 12
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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NEW!: Japanese Metal Inlay and Patination

Intensive- 2 days

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

$300 plus materials

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