Weekly Classes

Chasing and Repoussé

Dates: May 20 - June 5
Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fee: $265
sessions: 6 (twice a week, for three weeks)

work by saign charlestein
   

Instructor Saign Charlestein 

Course description: Come join Saign in the studio to learn the ancient art of chasing & repousse’, the intricate process of forming detailed relief into sheet metal with hammer and punches. This hands-on class will focus on learning technique with the fluer-de-li project. We will also learn about different tools, pitch and patina application. Continuing students may work on one of Saign's advanced projects or a design of their own.

Materials:
Included.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary, and continuing students are encouraged.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Dates: June 4 - July 9
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fee: $225 - 6 sessions/ $165 - 4 sessions

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jewelry classes at tacoma metal arts center

Instructor Amy Reeves 

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. In the six week session students will also learn to make a prong setting and a one of a kind chain. 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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Jewelry/ Metalsmithing 2

Dates: June 19 - July 17
Day: Thursdays
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

$195 - 5 Sessions

Instructor Amy Reeves now in session- Thursdays 6 - 9, thru April 24

Course description: In this class you'll build on the knowledge you've gained in previous classes and learn techniques for more advanced projects. You will learn etching to get a deep texture, enameling to add color to your designs, different ways to set faceted stones (flush, prong and tube setting), advanced soldering techniques, final finish polishing, and more.

Materials: Most materials included, but students who wish to work with silver may provide their own or purchase from the instructor.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent.

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Dates: July 15 - September 2
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 5:30 - 8:30

$245 6 sessions
$295 8 sessions

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Jewelry casting classes at tacoma metal arts center

Instructor Joni Joachims

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/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

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

Fee: $300

 

jewelry classes at tacoma metal arts center

Instructor Amy Reeves 

Course description -This condensed exploration of metalworking fundamentals is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Techniques covered will include sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, 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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in session:
Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Dates: April 6 - 27
Day: Sundays
Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fee: $210/4 sessions

class is full-please call or email to wait list

jewelry classes at tacoma metal arts center

 

Open Studio Rental

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

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

open studio at TMAC

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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Workshops
(one day or weekend classes)

Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, April 19

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Ring Making Workshop

Instructor Amy Reeves 

Course description: In this fun, fast paced workshop you will make a ring and take it home! Learn to shape, solder, texture and patina silver to create beautiful rings of your own design. No prior jewelry experience is necessary.  

Materials: Students should bring about $5 - $10 to spend on silver projects, or bring silver of various gauges, sheet and wire.

Prerequisite: none

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Stone Setting Workshop

Saturday, April 19

1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55

tube setting workshop at TMAC: Tacoma Metal Arts Center

Instructor Amy Reeves

Course description: Learn to set round faceted stones in tube mounts. Learn the tricks with the flex shaft to set stones quickly and easily. We will practice with 3 mm faceted round stones. Price includes silver tube & cubic zirconium stones. Additional silver available for purchase. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or previous metalworking experience. Take it with the Ring Making Workshop and set a stone in the ring you make!

Materials: most materials are included, but you can bring a project to set your stone into.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry, ring class or equivalent

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Stone Settings in Wax for Jewelry Casters

Saturday, April 26

10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Course description: Designed for casters and wax carvers, this class will focus on creating settings for stones in wax that will be cast using the lost wax method. Jennifer will show us some great tricks for designing and creating wax models for casting in this one day workshop. Jennifer will demonstrate how to create settings for faceted, free form, found objects & cabochons stones, using prongs, modified bezels, flush settings and cast in place techniques to create unique settings. We will learn about new tools and helpful tips for all stone setting projects. You will explore a variety of techniques for working in wax and learn how to carve and prepare good waxes for casting.

Materials: Included.

Prerequisite: Basic casting.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

Dates: May 2, 3 & 4
Day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Time: Fri & Sat: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm; Sun 10 - 3:00

Fee: $300

Class is full, please call or email to wait-list

jewelry classes at tacoma metal arts center

Instructor Amy Reeves 

Course description -This condensed exploration of metalworking fundamentals is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Techniques covered will include sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, 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. Limited to six students.

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

Prerequisite: None.

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Mitsuro-Hikime: A Wax Technique for Casting

Saturday, May 10

10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$115

misturo hikime sterling pendant

Instructor Susan Ziess

Course description: - Mitsuro-hikime is a pliable sculpting wax which behaves like taffy and develops a unique linear pattern when worked. Susan will share her recipe and show us how to make a batch of wax from scratch. We will learn to sculpt the wax to create fluid, textural designs. Susan will also help with recommendations for casting. Students will be able to design jewelry in the wax during class and take some wax home to continue working with. These waxes can then be transformed into silver, bronze or gold jewelry using the lost-wax casting method. Most effective in simple designs, Mitsuro-hikime will bend, and curl, giving fantastic surface detail and a wonderful fluid quality. Maximum six students.

Materials to bring: tupperware bowl with lid, various diameter wooden dowels: round toothpicks, bamboo skewer, chopsticks or similar (about 4” long)

Optional to bring: hot wax pen, 3rd hand stand with cross lock tweezers, ring mandrel, curved cuticle scissors, fine sewing needle.

Prerequisite: Students should have some familiarity with the casting process.

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PMC Techniques: Dry Link Chain Construction

Saturday, May 17

10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$75 plus $60 materials

PMC Class:Dry Link Bracelet Construction

Instructor Ruth Greening

Course description: If you've already have taken a PMC class and are ready to move onto more advanced techniques then this class is for you! Ruth will show how to construct a link bracelet using PMC. Learn the versatility of PMC, when worked dry it does not stick to itself. Ruth will show the trick to open up a whole new world of construction possibilities. Create links of different shapes, sizes with deep texture, chunky or delicate, the options ar endless! We will create links and then assemble them into a bracelet, then fire it fully assembled! Ruth will also explain the benefits or dry construction and when it is appropriate for your other projects.

Materials: Payable in class: $60 for 25g PMC+ fine silver. Please enroll by May 12 to ensure enough supplies. Students may also bring their own PMC to work with. Tools provided for use in class.

Prerequisite: some experience working with PMC

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Easy Enamel Jewelry

Sunday, May 18

11:00 am- 3:00 pm

$55 includes materials

enamel samples

Instructor Amy Reeves

Course description: Learn to torch and kiln fire powdered enamel to create color and impact in your jewelry pieces. Enameling is the art of applying ground glass to a metal surface and fusing the glass to the metal with a torch or kiln.This quick introduction will show how easy the process can be. Even learn to use your butane torch to fire it at home!

Materials: Included

Prerequisite: beginning jewelry is helpful, but not required.

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Filigree Workshop

Saturday , May 24

10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$115 includes materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse at TMAc

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Filigree Workshop - Learn to create delicate wire structures using beautiful filigree! Filigree is ornamental fabrication technique where a frame is filled with fine threads of twisted and curled wire, and small balls of metal. Participants will learn how to create patterns for a frame and fill the frames using various techniques from around the world. Jennifer will demonstrate creating the frame, fill, and granulation; fusing and soldering for different styles; forming open wire work and closed back fret work with filigree on a dimensional surface; and flash plating to hide solder seams. Demos will also include how to work with different metals including copper, fine silver and Argentium sterling. To learn the techniques students will work primarily in fine gauge, round copper wire, fine silver and argentium sterling wire provided in the materials fee. Jennifer will also go over how to embellish designs with small bezel set cabochon stones. Basic sawing and soldering or fusing skills required.

Argentium Sterling is a patented alloy of sterling silver and is a wonderful metal for fusing techniques. For that reason it is especially great for making filigree! If you are interested in learning more about argentium and its properties, this class is a great introduction.

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Recycle Workshop:

Gold and Silver Jewelry from Scratch

Sunday, May 25

10:30 am - 3:30 pm

$75

Learn to make gold rings and other jewelry!

Instructor Amy Reeves

Course description: Learn to make jewelry from scrap silver and gold or old and broken jewelry! We will learn to identify alloys, then melt the metal into a mold to cast an ingot. Then, with the help of the rolling mill we will make new wire or sheet from the metal. Then, you'll take your metal and create a new piece of jewelry! Your project can be a ring, earrings, or bracelet : there are many possibilities! Limited to six students.

Materials: bring clean gold or silver scrap or old jewelry, or gold or silver casting grain.

Prerequisite: beginning jewelry is helpful, but not required.

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, May 31

10:00 am- 4:30 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves 

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. 

No experience necessary!

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

Prerequisite: none

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, June 1

10:00 am- 4:30 pm

$85 plus materials

Bezel Setting Workshop - Learn how to create settings for flat backed objects and cabochon cut stones. Bezel setting will also work to set 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. Students will be able to finish a ring or pendant. No experience necessary! Bring a stone to set or use one from our assortment. Students should bring $5-$10 to cover the cost of silver and stones.

Instructor Amy Reeves 

Course description: Learn how to create settings for flat backed objects and cabochon cut stones. Bezel setting will also work to set 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. Students will be able to finish a ring or pendant. No experience necessary!

Materials:Bring a stone to set or use one from our assortment. Students should bring $5-$10 to cover the cost of silver and stones.

Prerequisite: none

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Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, June 14

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Ring Making Workshop

Instructor Amy Reeves 

Course description: In this fun, fast paced workshop you will make a ring and take it home! Learn to shape, solder, texture and patina silver to create beautiful rings of your own design. No prior jewelry experience is necessary.  

Materials: Students should bring about $5 - $10 to spend on silver projects, or bring silver of various gauges, sheet and wire.

Prerequisite: none

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Stone Setting Workshop

Saturday, June 14

1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55

tube setting workshop at TMAC: Tacoma Metal Arts Center

Instructor Amy Reeves

Course description: Learn to set round faceted stones in tube mounts. Learn the tricks with the flex shaft to set stones quickly and easily. We will practice with 3 mm faceted round stones. Price includes silver tube & cubic zirconium stones. Additional silver available for purchase. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or previous metalworking experience. Take it with the Ring Making Workshop and set a stone in the ring you make!

Materials: most materials are included, but you can bring a project to set your stone into.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry, ring class or equivalent

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Tool Making Workshop

Saturday, June 21

10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Tool making workshop

Instructor Bill Dawson

Course description: In this money saving workshop we will make several simple tools, and gain the skills to create and customize a range of tools both for your studio! You will learn to gauge the quality of steel, as well as how to harden and soften it. Bill will cover hot forging, stock removal, engraving, and other metal shaping techniques. Bill will also share his tips on where to get tool steel stock new and how to get it as salvage. Learning these skills provides the artist with a whole new range of options to create or alter tools to suit the task at hand. You will be able to make chasing tools, center punches, decorative stamps or a signature hallmarking tool. Students will be provided with steel for making several simple tools.

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

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

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The Finishing Touch: Techniques for Jewelry Makers

Sunday, June 22

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

$95

the final finish - polishing tchniques for jewelry makers

Instructor Amy Reeves

Course description: This class will cover different finishes and patinas, as well as creating findings to compliment your jewelry designs. Learn motorized polishing on the flex shaft and hand finishing techniques as well.

Materials: Bring your unfinished projects and metals you usually work with.

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

 

Spinner Ring Workshop

Sunday, June 29

10 am - 6 pm

$95 plus cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

Course description: Great for absolute beginners and season jewelry makers! Learn to fabricate a gorgeous silver ring by hand. Add one or more contrasting rings of free-floating metal to the outside. Then add color and interest with bezelled gemstones if you wish! Patina or shiny silver, these rings are gorgeous!

Materials: students may bring 1"x3" 20 gauge sheet and 3" 1x3mm rectangle wire, or purchase materials in class

Prerequisite: none

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Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

Saturday, July 12

11:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85

tmac

Instructor Amy Reeves

Course description: Learn to create fantastic, one of a kind bracelets. This class will cover textures, sawing, filing, soldering and rivets. Learn to measure for a cuff or a bangle. Leave with gorgeous finished pieces you'll love to show off! Make anything from a wide statement cuff to thin stacking bangles.

Materials: Copper and brass provided for in class use, students who wish to work with silver should bring 22 gauge sheet (or thicker) or 16 g wire.

Prerequisite: none

Rivets and other Cold Connections

Sunday, July 13

10:00am - 4:00 pm

$85

Cold Connections Workshop- You can make all kinds of connections without solder. What is a cold connection? Rivets, screws, nuts and bolts, tabs, prongs, staples, the list goes on. Basically any connection that requires no heat can be referred to as a cold connections. This is a great solution when you want to incorporate found objects, are materials that cannot be heated, such as glass, wood, stone, paper, plastic etc. There is a whole world of cold connections out there, so be ready for inspiration when you come to this class! Students are encouraged to bring found objects or items to incorporate into samples and a finished project.

Instructor Amy Reeves

Course description: What is a cold connection? Rivets, screws, nuts and bolts, tabs, prongs, staples, the list goes on. Basically any connection that requires no heat can be referred to as a cold connections. You can make all kinds of connections without solder. This is a great solution when you want to incorporate found objects or any materials that cannot be heated, such as glass, wood, stone, paper, plastic etc. There is a whole world of cold connections out there, so be ready for inspiration when you come to this class! Students are encouraged to bring found objects or items to incorporate into samples and a finished project. Materials included, students wanting to work in silver must bring their own, or purchase from the instructor.

Materials: Copper and brass provided for in class use, students who wish to work with silver should bring 20 gauge sheet (or thicker) or 14 g wire.

Prerequisite: none

Introduction to PMC

(Precious Metal Clay)

Saturday, July 19

11:00 am- 3:00 pm

$60 plus materials

pmc earringsIntro to OMC at Tacoma Metal Arts Center

Instructor Ruth Greening

Course description: You have heard about PMC for so long, come 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: $45 1 PMC3 16g clay (cash/check only).

Prerequisite: None

Marriage of Metals Workshop

Sunday, July 20

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

$75

marriage of metals intro tojewelry class

Instructor Matthew Cote

Marriage of Metals Workshop -  Created by cutting out a shape in one color sheet metal, then replacing that same shape with a different colored metal, Marriage of Metals is a soldering technique similar to the way a puzzle fits together. The pieces are cut out of sheet then soldered together to create one flat sheet with a multi-colored design.  A patina can be added for a more dramatic effect.  The class will cover cutting metal with the disc cutters, and tin snips, filing and soldering. More experienced students may bring ideas that involve sawing for more intricate designs.

Materials: Copper and brass provided for in class use, students wishing to work with silver should bring 20 gauge sheet or various gauges of sheet and wire. 

Prerequisite: None

 

Etching and Patinas!

Sunday, July 27

11:00 am- 3:30 pm

$65

Etching and Patinas

Instructor Amy Reeves

Course description: This class will cover two easy ways to etch your designs into copper, brass, and silver. Learn about quick and safe chemical etching as well as chemical-free electro-etching that is so popular for use in the home studio. We’ll also experiment with a variety of resists including toner transfer paper, rubber stamps, paint pens, and more. The instructor will discuss home studio set-up, safety, proper disposal of etching materials, and ways to etch silver.

Materials fee: none, copper and brass will be provided; however, students need to bring their own silver sheet to etch if they wish to try this material

Prerequisite: None

 

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

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

Fee: $300

 

jewelry classes at tacoma metal arts center

Instructor Amy Reeves 

Course description -This condensed exploration of metalworking fundamentals is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Techniques covered will include sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, 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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Cancellation Policy: Tacoma Metal Arts Center requires one week advance notice to transfer your tuition to another class.
If you cannot attend a class you must let us know at least one week prior to the start date. Credit will be issued which can be used toward another class only if notice is received one week before the class starts. Refunds will be made only if the class is cancelled by Tacoma Metal Arts Center.
IMPORTANT: when registering online please include a phone number where we can reach you.

Our classes are for people 16 years old and up. Students under 16 years old may be approved to participate in classes only if accompanied by a supervising adult who is also enrolled in the class. The classes are usually not suitable for people 12 years old or younger.
If you have questions about a suitable class for your child, please give us a call.

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