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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
Open Studio Rental    
available every week Wed/Thur/Fri 11am - 6pm $10/hour, $30/day, $120/month

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Bezel Setting Workshop Sat, June 27 10:00am - 4:30pm $85.00
The Business of Jewelry Sun, June 28 10:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Advanced Bezels Sat, July 11 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, July 12 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sun, July 12 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
PMC: Precious Metal Clay Rings with Stones Sat, July 18 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Bangles & Cuffs Workshop Sun, July 19 11:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Silver Peacock Earrings Sat, July 25 11:00am - 2:00pm $40.00
Silver Mudra Pendant Sat, July 25 3:00pm - 6:00pm $40.00
Unchain My Heart Sun, July 26 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
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
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

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Wednesdays, June 3 - July 8
6:00 - 9:00 pm

$165 - 4 sessions

$225 - 6 sessions

Instructor: Amy Reeves

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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

Tuesdays, June 16 - August 4
6:00 - 9:00 pm

$235 - 6 sessions 
$285 - 8 sessions

Instructor Joni Joachims

***class is full-please call or email to waitlist****

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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Blacksmithing

Saturday/Sunday, July dates TBA
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials - 2 sessions

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 barbecue 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.

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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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, since there will be a Beginning Jewelry /Metals Intensive.

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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One Day or Weekend Classes- Full Descriptions

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Saturday, June 27
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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The Business of Jewelry

Sunday, June 28
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$85

Instructor Meredith Arnold **class is full, please email or call for the waitlist***

tmac gallery

Course description: Discover the most successful ways to get your work into galleries, exhibits and festivals. Meredith will show you how using effective, tried and true methods.  You will learn effective marketing methods to represent yourself and how to make the most of presenting your work in social media, on business cards, etc. The last couple of hours will be devoted to a hands on intro to photographing jewelry included.

Materials: Optional: bring examples of your current work and a digital camera.

Prerequisite: none

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Advanced Bezels

Saturday, July 11
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

 

Advanced bezels with jennifer stenhouse at TMAC

Course description: Explore the possibilities of gallery wire, step bezel and other specialty products for bezel setting. Learn the tricks for successful bezels from tiny to extra large! Jennifer will show you the tips to get professional results, including soldering solutions and how to polish your finished work like a pro.

Materials: Bring silver and stones, also available for purchase at the shop.

Prerequisite: A little experience with bezel setting stones in silver is all the prior metalsmithing you need to take this class.

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, July 12
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves **class is 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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Flush Setting Workshop

Sunday, July 12
1:30 pm- 4:30 pm

$55

Instructor Amy Reeves**class is full, please email or call for the waitlist***

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, ring class or equivalent

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PMC: Precious Metal Clay Ring with stones

Saturday, July 18
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$75 plus $40 kit

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. Learn how to make clean ring shank from precious metal clay and add a stone for a fun statement! The kit includes: 1- PMC3 16g clay, 1 large CZ, sizing patty for ring, plus the instructor will bring PMC paste and tools to share for use during class. Students should be able to make one complete ring from the package of clay. No prior jewelry experience is necessary, students of all levels are welcome.

Materials: $45 kit includes: 1- PMC3 16g clay, 1 large CZ, sizing patty for ring, plus the instructor will bring PMC paste and tools to share for use during class.

Prerequisite: None

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Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

Sunday, July 19
11:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85

Instructor Amy Reeves

Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

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

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Silver Peacock Earrings

Saturday, July 25
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

$40 plus $25 materials

Instructor Julia Lowther

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Silver Peacock Earring

Course description: Learn to link sterling silver jump-rings into a pair of unique earrings in the striking and popular Byzantine chain pattern. Create your own ear wires, and learn simple wire-wrapping techniques to adorn your earrings with pearls.  Freshwater pearls, in a choice of colors, are included in the materials kit.  Share a convivial class with friends new and old, and leave with fabulous new jewelry to enjoy yourself or delight a gift recipient. Take it with the afternoon pendant class and save $10!

Materials:  $25 (cash/check only) for materials kit of sterling silver and pearls. Tools provided for workshop use and for sale. Materials fee subject to change due to metal price fluctuations. Please bring reading glasses if you need help to see clearly within 8"-10" of your nose.

Prerequisite: None!

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Silver Mudra Pendant

Saturday, July 25
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$40 plus $25 materials

Instructor Julia Lowther

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Open Chain Mail Pearl Pendant

Course description: Link sterling silver jump-rings into a unique pendant in the lovely and harmonious Open Mail chain pattern. Learn simple wire-wrapping techniques to adorn your pendant with a pearl heart.  A freshwater pearl, in a choice of colors, is included in the materials kit.  Share a convivial class with friends new and old, and leave with fabulous new jewelry to enjoy yourself or delight a gift recipient. Take it with the morning earring class and save $10!

Materials: $25 (cash/check only) for materials kit of sterling silver and pearl (necklace cord is not included). Tools provided for workshop use and for sale. Materials fee subject to change due to metal price fluctuations. Please bring reading glasses if you need help to see clearly within 8"-10" of your nose.

Prerequisite: None!

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Unchain My Heart

Sunday, July 26
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Micki Lippe

Unchain My Heart

Course description: In this creative chain making class, students will design and make different chain samples!! Learn interesting ways to incorporate unexpected forms and techniques into your designs. Rivet, rollprint, dapped forms, slotted shapes, alternative materials, make chains with beads, wire or sheet - the sky is the limit!! With Micki's help you will design and create a truly original chain of your own design. Micki will also show how create your own findings (earwires, clasps, etc) so that they perfectly compliment your one-of-a-kind chain creations! Micki will cover soldering with the Smith Lil Torch. Micki will start us off by leading the class with exercises to jumpstart the creative process. Students may opt to make different chain samples or one finished chain.

Materials: Supply list will be e-mailed upon registration. Copper and brass provided, or students may bring silver in 18g-22g round wire

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry class or equivalent.

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Color on Metal: 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: 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 with other 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! 

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

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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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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