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Weekly Classes

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
Electroforming made Easy    
Dates Wed, April 1 - April 15 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 3 sessions $135
Champleve: Etching/ Enameling    
Dates Wed, April 22- May 27 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 6 sessions $195
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri, Sat, Sun May 29,30,31 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
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
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
Keum-bo Earrings Wed, March 25 6:00pm - 9:00pm $35.00
Japanese Tool Making Sun, March 29 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Fusing Argentium Silver Thurs, April 2 6:00pm - 9:00pm $35.00
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
Metal Etching Made Easy Sun, April 19 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Ring Making Workshop Sat, April 25 1:00pm - 4:00pm $45.00
Prong Settings Sun, April 26 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Enamels: Simple Surface Design Sat, May 2 10:00am - 4:00pm $115.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, May 3 10:00am - 4:30pm $85.00
Chasing Intensive Workshop Fri - Tue, May 8 - May12 private 5 day class  
PMC Pendant w/ Stone Setting Workshop Sat, May 16    
Ring Making Workshop Sun, May 24 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop Sun, May 24 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun, May 29,30,31 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Blacksmithing

$300 plus $60 materials - 5 sessions

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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

OR-

Saturdays, April 11- May 2
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

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.  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

**Class FULL-please call or email for 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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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

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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Electroforming made Easy

Wednesdays, April 1-15
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$135 plus $15 materials fee- 3 sessions

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Electroforming in Copper

Course description: Electroforming (a.k.a. "dipping") is an exciting technique which allows you to 'grow' copper over almost any object. You will learn how to use this process to create a shell of copper over things like glass, wax carvings and organic materials (seed pods, dried flowers, etc) to name a few. Electroforming can be used to create complex hollow forms in copper for sculpture or jewelry. Options for a simple home set-up will be available. No prior metalworking experience is necessary, but knowledge of soldering is helpful.

Materials: Most materials included. Bring objects to electroform- anything porous MUST be completely sealed by dipping in shellac or varnish. Since the varnish takes 24 hours to dry this can be done prior to class to save time.

Prerequisite: No prior metalworking experience is necessary, but knowledge of soldering is helpful.

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Champleve: Etching and Enameling

Wednesdays, April 22 - May 27
6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

6 sessions - $195

Instructor Matthew Coté

Champleve

Course description: This class will introduce students to etching and enameling, and how to use them together to produce a highly detailed pieces. This process is known as champleve enameling, where etched recesses are created in the metal surface that are then filled with ground glass. The glass is fired in a kiln in order to fuse it to the metal, and when the design is complete the glass is flush with the metal surface. Make whatever type of jewelry or art you wish: belt buckle, wall hanging, pendant, brooch, the list goes on. Complete one large piece (up to 3x5") or 2-3 smaller pieces during the class.  Limited to six students. 

Materials: Copper and enamels and all tools provided. Students should e-mail an image to Matthew Coté- mjcote307@gmail.com or use one provided by the instructor. Details in the handout which will be e-mailed upon registration.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry is recommended

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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

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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

**Class full, please email or call for the waitlist**

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

class is full-please call or email for 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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Rivets Intensive

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

Fee: $85

Instructor Meredith Arnold

rivets intensive at tmac

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 for combining and collaging 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 join between materials. This class will provide many great tips and tricks to achieve consistent results with wire and tube rivets every time.

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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Keum-bo Earrings: Gold Overlay on Silver

Wednesday, March 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$35 plus supplies

Instructor Amy Reeves

Keum-bo Earring

Course description: Add a touch of gold to your silver jewelry designs. Keum-bo is an ancient Korean technique of fusing 24K gold to the surface of silver. This class covers how to apply thin gold foil to the surface of silver using a hotplate and a burnisher. This technique is low tech and easy to do in your home studio.  Amy will cover texturing sheet, cutting shapes, and prepping the silver to apply to the keum-bo overlay. Then we will apply an antique patina to darken the silver and accentuate the gold detail.

Materials: $20 for 24K gold foil, $5-$10 for 20 gauge silver sheet or bring your own silver. Advanced students are welcome to bring in fabricated projects to embellish with the gold foil.

Prerequisite: beginning jewelry or equivalent

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Japanese Tool Making (tagane punches)

Sunday, March 29
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Bill Dawson

jAPANESE TOOL MAKING WITH BILL DAWSON

Coarse description: Learn to make your own japanese style punches in this tool making class taught by TMAC favorite Bill Dawson! In this workshop we will learn to make a variety of traditional japanese style metalworking tools, including chasing punches, and kebori. Bill will also cover how to use of these tools for engraving, texturing and chasing. 

Asian metalworking traditions differ somewhat from those in the west. In Japan goldsmiths typically will make many of their own tools rather than buying them pre-made. Tapering toward both ends, the blanks for these tools are small, well balanced, and forged from carbon steel. It is simple to make tools from these blanks because they are easy to shape, heat treat and finish.  Bill will supply the tool blanks for the class as well as show how to forge the blanks in the first place since they can be hard to come by outside of Japan.

Materials: fee payable to instructor

Prerequisites: None

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Fusing Argentium Silver

Thursday, April 2
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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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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Metal Etching Made Easy

Sunday, April 19
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$75

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Etching Made Easy

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

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

Prerequisites:None

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, April 25
1:00 pm - 4:00 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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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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Enamels: Simple Surface Design

Saturday, May 2
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$95

Instructor Rebbecca Tomas

Enameling Workshop

Course description: - Stenciling is a fast and simple way to begin experimenting with color. In this workshop, we will use pre made, found, and our own DIY stencils to create shape and pattern as we investigate the way enamel colors fire and interact with one another. The great thing about stenciling is that we can use tiny amounts of enamel to get big visual results. Once we've stenciled a piece, we'll go back into it with pens and tiny seed beads to add detail and contrast. Students can expect to complete several small pieces of jewelry or samples. Limited to six students.

Materials to bring: 000 sable paintbrushes, any stencils you already have (for book arts or scrap booking); any seed beads you already have (not all work, so bring what you have and test them out); instructor will have some beads and stencils for class use

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, May 3
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

$85 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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

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

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

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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PMC: Precious Metal Clay Pendant
with stones setting

Saturday, May 16
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

$TBA

Instructor Ruth Greening, Certified PMCC Senior Instructor

PMC Rings with Stones

Course description:  You have heard about PMC for so long, now is the time to find out what the excitement is all about! This hands on intro will let you get your fingers on the most amazing silver in the world: Precious Metal Clay! Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver.

Materials: $45 kit

Prerequisite: None

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, May 24
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

ring making workshop at TMAC

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

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

Prerequisite: none

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Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings)

Sunday, May 24
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/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

May 29, 30 & 31
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$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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