Studio Access:

Once you have taken a few classes, TMAC offers a fully equipped jewelry making and metalsmithing studio for your use during studio access hours. Equipment includes: 12 inch precision metal shear, acetylene torches, Smith little torches, rolling mills, hydraulic press, flex shaft drills, files, jeweler's saw frames, disc cutters, doming punches, letter stamps, pliers, hammers and much, much more.

Instruction and materials are not included in the studio access fee. Some materials are available for sale, or students are welcome to bring their own.

 

Studio Access Hours:

Wednesday and Thursday - 11am - 6pm

Who is eligible for Studio Access:  Students may participate in studio access after taking a few metalsmithing classes at TMAC (minimum 20 class hours) and once they are able to work independently.

 

Independent Rates:   $15 per hour, or $45 per day, or $145 per month.
By approval only, students need to work without guidance or questions to qualify for this rate.

 

Private Lessons:  Starting at $75 per hour, rates vary depending on the lesson and/or project. Popular topics include: Wedding Ring Tutorial, Beginning Jewelry, Forged Jewelry Forms and Stone Setting. Please call 253-227-1694 or e-mail info@tacomametalarts.com to discuss the details.

 

Certain processes are not allowed during studio access hours and may only be done in class or as a private lesson with instructor supervision.  These include, but are not limited to, chemical etching, chemical patinas (except paint on oxidizer) electroforming and lost-wax casting.  Enameling kilns are available with advance notice, and no lead-bearing enamels are allowed.

Drop-in Casting Classes: please note, since lost-wax casting is not allowed during studio access hours, past casting students may sign up for a drop-in session of the casting class for $45, two flask maximum (provided there is space in the class). Flasks must be ready for burn-out 2 days prior to your drop-in class. Wax carving and investing may be done during studio access hours (standard studio rates apply and investment is $3.00/lb.)

We hope to start Blacksmithing studio access soon!