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Weekly Classes

Blacksmithing  

 

Dates Sat, Sept 13 - Oct 4 Times 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee 4 sessions $295 Class Full
Anti-clastic Raising    
Dates Fri, Sept 16 - Oct 7 Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $210
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
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
Fusing Argentium Silver Thursday, Aug 21 6:00pm - 9:00pm $35.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri-Sun Aug, 22,23,24 Fri/Sat 10-6 Sun 10-3 Class Full
Intro to Casting Weekend Workshop Sat-Sun, Sept 6-7 10:00am - 4;00pm $180.00
Intro to PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Sun, Sept 14 11:00am - 3:00pm $60.00
Bezel Setting Sun, Sept 21 10:00am - 4:30pm

$85.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Sept 28 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Setting) Sun, Sept 28 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, Oct 5 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
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

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Blacksmithing

September 13 - October 11
Saturdays
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$295 plus materials

5 sessions, including an optional community project day: Sat. October 11

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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

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 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.

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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Anti-clastic Raising

September 16 - October 7
Tuesdays
6:00 - 9:00 pm

$210

Instructor Bill Dawson

 

Anti-clastic raising

Course Description - This workshop covers the basics of anti-clastic raising. A technique for creating exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking dimensional forms. Starting with a flat sheet of metal, we'll shape the edges through compression and then stretch the center so that two curves develop at right angles to each other. ( A saddle is a good example of an anti-clastic form.) We will focus in class on "open" or "mono shell" forms made from single pieces of thin sheet and work on creating striking dimensional shapes.

Materials: $20 fee payable to instructor (cash/check only) includes all materials and use of tools during class.

Prerequisite: Some metalworking experience and accuracy with the hammer is helpful.

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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

choose dates

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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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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Fusing Argentium Silver

Thursday, August 21
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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

August 22, 23 & 24
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fri & Sat: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm; Sun 10 - 3:00

Fee: $300

Instructor Amy Reeves

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

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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Intro to Casting Weekend Workshop

Sat/Sun September 6 & 7
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$180 plus the cost of metal

Instructor Joni Joachims

 

Introduction to Jewelry Casting

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, Joni 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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Introduction to PMC
Precious Metal Clay

Sunday, September 14
11:00 am- 3:00 pm

$60 plus materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

Introduction to PMC

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay - 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 Kit available from instructor(cash/check only): $40 1 PMC3 16g clay.

Prerequisite: None

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, September 21
Time: 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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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, September 28
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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Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings)

Sunday, September 28
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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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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Art Month Studio Tour/ Open Studio

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

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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