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Weekly Classes

Intro. to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Tues, June 16 - Aug 4 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 6 sessions $235 8 sessions $285
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri, Sat, Sun Aug 7,8.9 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Casting Intensive    
Dates Sat, Sun Aug 15,16 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $200
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Wed, Aug 26 - Sept 16 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $165
Intro. to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, Oct 17 - Dec 12 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 6 sessions $235 8 sessions $285
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Sat, Nov 14 - Dec 12 Times 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee 5 sessions $235 4 sessions $210
Open Studio Rental    
available every week Wed/Thur/Fri 11am - 6pm $10/hour, $30/day, $120/month

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Color on Metal:Flame Painting, Patinas and Resins Sat, Aug 1 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Aug 7,8,9 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Casting Intensive Sat,Sun, Aug 15,16 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
Blacksmithing Sat,Sun, Aug 15,16 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
PMC: Earrings with Cabochon Set Stone Sat, Aug 22 10:00am - 2:00pm $60.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Aug 23 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) Sun, Aug 23 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Basic Skills: Soldered Wire Jewelry Sat, Sept 5 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Enameling Workshop Sun, Sept 6 10:00am - 4:30pm $95.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sat, Sept 12 10:00am - 4:30pm $85.00
Introduction to PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Sun, Sept 13 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Private Chasing Class with Saign Charlestein Fri - Tue, Sept 25 - 29    
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Oct 2,3,4 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Hoop Earrings for Beginners Sat, Oct 10 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Stone Setting: Creative Settings for Tubes and Prongs Sun, Oct 11 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Oct 18 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sun, Oct 18 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Metal Etching Made Easy Sun, Oct 25 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Beginning Jewelry / Metalsmithing

Wednesdays, August 26 - September 16
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

4 Sessions $165

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry Classes at TMAC

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, October 17 - December 12; no class: Nov. 28
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$285 - 8 sessions/$235 - 6 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

Saturdays, November 14 -December 12
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$210 - 4 sessions: No Class Thanksgiving Nov. 28

$265 - 5 sessions: Including Class Thanksgiving Nov. 28

Instructor: Amy Reeves

choose dates:
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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Open Studio Rental

Wednesday: 11am - 6pm
Thursday: 11am - 6pm
Friday: 11am - 6pm

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

No open studio on the following dates: Fri Aug 7, Sept 25, since there will be classes on those days.

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.

Private instruction for a variety of topics is also available, starting at $75 per hour. Popular topics include: Wedding Ring Tutorial, Beginning Jewelry, Forged Jewelry Forms and Hollowware Topics.

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Weekend Classes- Full Descriptions

 

Color on Metal: Flame Painting, Patinas and Resins

Saturday, August 1
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$75 plus materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Create patina patterns on copper using a torch and learn how to seal it without changing the colors! Explore applying colored patterns with resin and then layering these surface techniques for results in fabulous metal pieces to use in your jewelry designs. The options are limitless with layering patina and resin patterns and the creativity is all yours!

Course description: Learn to create stunning patina colors on copper. Mereditih will show how to create flame painted patterns on copper using a torch and how to seal the colors effectively. We will explore how to apply colored patterns with resin which can then be combined with other surface techniques for fabulous results! You'll leave with many samples of metal pieces to use in your jewelry designs. The options are limitless with layering patina and resin patterns...and the creativity is all yours! 

Materials: $10 fee payable to the instructor in class

Prerequisite: None!

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

August 7, 8 & 9
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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Casting Intensive

Sat/Sun August 15 & 16
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus the cost of metal

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

**class is full**

please email or call to be added to the waitlist

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, Jennifer will show you how to clean up and polish your project into a beautiful piece of jewelry!

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, Jennifer 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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, August 15 & 16
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

 

Blacksmithing Workshop

Course description: You will learn basic blacksmithing techniques with a variety of hands on projects ranging from decorative to functional. Possible projects include plant hangers, candlestick holders, fire pokers, decorative hooks and barbeque skewers, and that is just 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.

Materials: $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.

Location:1207 Martin Luther King, Tacoma 98405

Prerequisite: None

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Precious Metal Clay: Earrings with Cabochon Set Stone

Saturday, August 22
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

$60 plus $40 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

PMC Earrings with Cabochon Set Stone

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 form, texture, dry and torch fire your piece. Ruth will show how to incorporate a bezel into your design and fire it in place. Then you will set your stones, polish the earrings and add a patina for dramatic effect. Go home with beautiful fine silver earrings and pendant. It will be the start of a love affair!

Materials: Kit available from instructor: $40 (cash/check only) includes PMC3, fine silver bezel cups and cabochons for 2 sets of earrings.

Prerequisite: None

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, August 23
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, August 23
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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Basic Skills: Soldered Wire Jewelry

Saturday, September 5
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Jewelry Making Class with Jennifer Stenhouse at TMAC

Course description:  Whether you need a little coaching or are brand new to soldering, Jennifer will help demystify the process. In this one day intro to jewelry techniques, you will learn how to construct jewelry from wire. Make rings, bangles, and chain bracelets and necklaces from wire different gauges of copper, brass or silver wire. Jennifer will also cover different methods to texture the metal for added interest and add patinas for contrast. Get hands on practice with different torches. Learn to create rings, links and simple findings to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Jennifer will also discuss a home studio set-up so you can continue on after the class.

Materials: Copper and brass provided, sterling availalbe for sale.

Prerequisite: None!

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Enameling Workshop

Sunday, September 6
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

Enameling Workshop

Course description:  Enameling is the art of applying ground glass to a metal surface and fusing the glass to the metal with a torch or kiln. In this introductory class, Amy will demonstrate different ways to apply the enamels such as sifting, painting, sgraffito, line application, and stencils. Enameling is a great way to incorporate color into your jewelry.  And, there is a great a/c system in the studio to keep you cool while we fire up the kilns and torches. Learn to add contrast and impact using images and lines in your enamel pieces. The instructor will also cover kiln firing, torch firing, and an inexpensive home studio set up.

Materials: Included. Optional: bring rubber stamps, permanent markers, fine point tweezers and a small paintbrush to apply designs to the enamel surface.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent.

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Saturday, September 12
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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Introduction to PMC
Precious Metal Clay

Sunday, September 13
10:00 am- 3:00 pm

$75 plus materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

Introduction to PMC

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 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: $40 1 PMC3 16g clay.

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

October 2, 3 &4
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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Easy Hoop Earrings

Saturday, October 10
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus cost of silver

Instructor Peggy Foy

Easy Hoop Earings Workshop

Course description: In this class Peggy will show many methods for making different styles of hoop earrings. From large showy dramatic earrings to tiny accent pieces. How do you make a curved tube? Peggy will show you how you can perfectly curve a piece of tubing without distorting, crimping or crushing it, then makie it into a clever pair of hoops! Learn to use hammers, stamping and the rolling mill to add texture and interest to your new pieces, then finish with a patina if you wish! Great for absolute beginners and intermediate students alike!

Materials: Copper and brass provided, silver available for sale, about $5 per pair of silver earrings.

Prerequisite: None!

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Stone Setting: Creative Stone Setting with Tubes and Prongs

Sunday, October 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Stone Setting Tubes and Prongs

Course description: Ready to explore some interesting stone setting options? Then this class is for you! Jennifer will demonstrate a variety of simple stone settings that look complicated. Learn how to use tubing to create glorious prong settings for round or square gems! Jennifer will also demonstrate how to create gorgeous flared tube settings, and glamorous crown settings. These techniques are perfect for adding a bit of dazzling flash and details to a ring, earrings or necklaces, using faceted or cabochon stones! Even if you've never set a stone before you can take this class.

Materials: Includes silver tube and cubic zirconium stones. Additional silver available for purchase. Optional: bring a ring or other pieces to solder your settings onto.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry class. Students should have some experience sawing and soldering.

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, October 18
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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Flush Setting Workshop

Sunday, October 18
1:30 pm- 4:30 pm

$55

Instructor Amy Reeves

Flush setting at TMAC

Course description: Learn to set round faceted stones in flush mounts, it's not as hard as you think! Learn the tricks with the flex shaft to set stones quickly and easily. We will practice with 2 mm - 3 mm faceted round stones. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or previous metalworking experience. Take it with the Ring Making Workshop and set a stone in the ring you make!

Materials: Price includes copper sheet & cubic zirconium stones, silver available for purchase. Or, you can bring a project to set your stone into.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent

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Metal Etching Made Easy

Sunday, October 25
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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