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Weekly Classes

Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Wed, Jan 21 - Feb 25 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $165, 6 sessions $225
Forged Forms    
Dates Tue, Feb 3 - 24 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $165
Blacksmithing    
Dates Sat, Feb 7 - March 7 Times 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee 5 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri, Sat, Sun March 13,14,15 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Blacksmithing    
Dates Sat, March 14 - April 4 Times 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee 5 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Sat, March 28 - April 18 Times 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee 4 session $210
Intro. Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, March 28 - May 23 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm (no class May 9) Fee 6 sessions $235 8 sessions $285
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
Fusing Argentium Silver Thurs, Jan 29 6:00am - 9:00pm $35.00
Precious Metal Clay: PMC Stack Rings Sun, Feb 1 10:00am - 3:00pm $65.00
Setting up a Home Studio Sat, Feb 7 11:00am - 3:00pm $55.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Feb 8 10:00am - 4:30pm $85.00
Easy Enameled Jewelry Sat, Feb 14 11:00am - 3:00pm $65.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, Feb 15 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Hinges and Mechanisms Workshop Sat, Sun, Feb 21 & 22 10:00am - 4:00pm $150.00
Steel Jewelry Sat, Feb 28 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, March 1 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) Sun, March 1 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
The Hydraulic Press Workshop Sat, March 7 10:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Hollow Bead Workshop Sun, March 8 11:30am - 2:30pm $35.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri, Sat,Sun, March 13,14,15 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Rivets Intensive Sat, March 21 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Soldering Tips and Tricks Sun, March 22 11:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, April 12 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) Sun, April 12 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Prong Settings Sun, April 26 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Wednesdays, January 21 - February 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$165 - 4 sessions
$225 - 6 sessions

Instructor: Amy Reeves

***class is full, please e-mail or call for the wait list***

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: Learn the basics skills needed to create jewelry of your own design. We will use a jeweler's saw, rolling mill, hammers and mallets, and torches to cut, texture, shape, and solder metal sheet and wire into unique jewelry pieces. Cuff bracelets, textured earrings, and a ring or pendant with a bezel-set cabochon stone are all possible projects for this class. In the six-week session, we will also learn rivets and one-of-kind chain.

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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Forged Forms for Jewelry

Tuesdays, February 3 - 24
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$165 - 4 sessions

Instructor Bill Dawson

Forged Forms

Class description:Learn to create beautiful and elegant forms for jewelry and metalwork.  Bill will show you how to bring wire to life using simple techniques.  Students will learn how to shape, twist, elongate and taper through hammering, annealing, and soldering. You will explore these new techniques by experimenting in copper.  Then you will design a project and Bill will guide you through creating your new design! Learn to express yourself in metal while letting the metal express its nature through your work.  We will also cover the basics of mill forging, twist and roll wire, chisel piercing, and swedge work. 

Materials: $10 for copper, payable to instructor (check/cash only please). Students who wish to work in silver must provide their own.

Prerequisite: No experience is necessary, but some skill with hammers is helpful.

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Blacksmithing

Saturdays, Feb. 7 - March 7
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

OR- Saturdays, March 14 - Apr. 4
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials - 5 sessions

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 six students. The classes will take place at Mike's Tacoma studio: 1207 Martin Luther King.

The class includes an optional community project day during the last week where students will work together on a group project.

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/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

March 13, 14 & 15
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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Saturdays, March 28 - April 18
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$210 - 4 sessions

Instructor: Amy Reeves

 

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: Learn the basics skills needed to create jewelry of your own design. We will use a jeweler's saw, rolling mill, hammers and mallets, and torches to cut, texture, shape, and solder metal sheet and wire into unique jewelry pieces. Cuff bracelets, textured earrings, and a ring or pendant with a bezel-set cabochon stone are all possible projects for this class. In the six-week session, we will also learn rivets and one-of-kind chain.

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

Saturdays, March 28 - May 23, no class May 9
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$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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Open Studio Rental

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

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

Open Studio Rental

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.

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 descriptions

Fusing Argentium Silver

Thursday, January 29
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 than 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:We will use argentium silver wire in 14g round, 16g round and 14g square. Bring a total of 2-3 feet, or purchase just what you need at the studio.

Prerequisite: none

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Precious Metal Clay:
PMC Stack Rings

Sunday, February 1
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$65 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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Setting up a home studio

Saturday, February 7
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$55

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Home Studio

Students frequently request advice when it comes to setting-up-shop at home. Ventilation, lighting, ergonomics, noise issues, and tool gathering will all be discussed in this super informative workshop designed to help get you started or fine-tune a studio. Establish a safe and productive metal-working environment whatever your budget. How to prioritize your workspace and needs. Creating the perfect studio with the resources you have! We will take a look at how others have organized studios, do's and don'ts, and the history of the jewelry studio. Students will work on studio layout and planning for the future! Jennifer has worked and taught in many different studios, from craft centers to mass production.

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, February 8
10:00 am - 4:30 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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Easy Enameled Jewelry

Saturday, February 14
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$65

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, and stencils.  Limited to six students. No experience necessary.

Materials: Students should bring an N95 dust mask (availalbe at TMAC for $2). Optional, bring rubber stamps to apply designs to the enamel surface.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry is helpful, but not required

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, February 15
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Metalsmithing skills of sawing, soldering, texturing, piercing, filing, stamping, hammering, and more will be covered.  Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment with access to a rolling mill and hydraulic press. 

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

Prerequisite: none

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Hinges and Mechanisms

Saturday & Sunday, February 21 & 22
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$150

Instructor Peggy Foy

Hinges and Mechanisms for Jewelry

Course description:  Learn to add movement to your jewelry. This class will present a variety of ways to make hinges and clasps, including traditional hinges with knuckles, locket latches, and closures for necklaces and bracelets.  Peggy will show you some ingeniously simple solutions as well as some that will stretch your metalsmithing skills; you will leave with several samples and a ton of new ideas.  A great winter slump-buster!

Materials: Copper and Brass provided, students may opt to bring silver sheet, wire and tubing.

Prerequisite: Previous metalworking experience required. Students should be familiar with sawing, soldering and filing..

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Steel Jewelry

Saturday, February 28
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$85 includes materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

Steel Jewelry

Course description:  In this class you will learn about different types of steel and ways to incorporate it into your jewelry pieces. We will hot forge a bracelet, cold forge a simple and elegant chain, and address the challenges particular to soldering steel by making a simple ring.

Materials: included

Prerequisite: some metal working experience, such as beginning jewelry workshop, or experience sawing and soldering.

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, March 1
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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Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings)

Sunday, March 1
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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The Hydraulic Press Workshop

Saturday, March 7
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$85

Instructor Amy Reeves

Hydraulic Press Workshop

Course description: The hydraulic press is often referred to as the biggest hammer in the shop. Learn some of the time saving tips and amazing forming possibilities associated with the hydraulic press. You'll use blanking dies, silhouette dies and the free-form bracelet former. Leave with amazing pieces you never thought possible.

Materials: Copper provided, or, students can bring 20 - 24g silver sheet to work with.

Prerequisite: A beginning jewelry class or metalworking experience.

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Hollow Bead Workshop

Sunday, March 8
11:30 am - 2:30 pm

$35

Instructor Amy Reeves

Hollow Bead Workshop

Course description:  Learn to make hollow forms from sheet metal in copper, brass or silver. You'll be guided step by step through cutting discs, doming the circles, fitting solder seams and polishing. Simple texturing techniques will be covered as well.

Materials: Copper provided, or bring 20 g sheet to work with. Silver available for purchase.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

March 13, 14 & 15
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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Rivets Intensive

Saturday, March 21
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fee: $85

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Course description - An in-depth workshop where you will learn all different ways to make rivets. Meredith will cover many ways to make rivets.

 

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

Prerequisite: None.

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Soldering Tips and Tricks

Sunday, March 22
11:00 am- 4:00 pm

$75

Instructor Amy Reeves

Soldering Tips and Tricks

Course description: Whether you are brand new to silver soldering or just want to brush up on your skills this class will demystify the art of soldering.  With detailed demonstrations and plenty of one on one coaching you’ll leave this workshop with the confidence to continue on your own. Learn tips and tricks to perfect your soldering skills. Great for beginners and intermediate students alike. Amy will also give advice to help you decide which torches are appropriate for your home studio set-up.

Materials: Silver for projects will be available for purchase from the instructor, all other materials including copper and brass will be provided. Bring your questions and soldering problems.

Prerequisite:Jewelry making experience is helpful, but not required.

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, April 12
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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Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings)

Sunday, April 12
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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Prong Settings:
Faceted Stones, cabochons and freeforms

Sunday, April 26
10:00 - 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Prong Setting for Cabochons and Faceted stones

Course description: Learn to fabricate your own custom prong settings! Sheet and 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 cabochons, faceted stones and freeform shapes. We will make turtle settings for sheet and pedestal setting from wire. The use of the flex shaft, different setting and tools will be covered as well as soldering construction techniques with wire.

Materials: Provided. Copper and sterling in 20-16 gauge round, square and half-round wire and 20 - 16 gauge sheet.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry

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