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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun,Mon Sept 3,4,5 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Wed, Sept 14 - Oct 5 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $175
Forged Forms for Jewelry    
Dates Tues, Oct 4 - Oct 5 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $180
Intro. to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, Oct 15 - Dec 10 Times 4:30pm - 7:00pm Fee 8 sessions $295, 6 sessions $245
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Oct 28,29,30 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Stone Setting: Prongs from Wire Sun, July 31 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Casting Intensive Sat & Sun, Aug 6 & 7 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
PMC Stacking Rings Sat, Aug 13 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Flame Painting and Color on Metal Sun, Aug 14 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Flex Shaft Tips and Tricks Sun, Aug 21 10:00am - 4:00pm $95.00
Tool Making Workshop Sat & Sun, Aug 27 & 28 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sat,Sun,Mon Sept 3,4,5 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Into. to Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Sat, Sept 10 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Enamels: Make Your Mark Sun, Sept 11 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Enameled Jewelry Sat, Sept 17 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Stone Setting Alternatives Sun, Sept 18 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Ring Making Workshop Sat, Sept 24 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sat, Sept 24 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Metal Etching Made Easy Sun, Sept 25 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sat, Oct 1 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Oct 2 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Cuttlefish Bone Casting Sun, Oct 16 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
The Business of Jewelry Sun, Oct 23 10:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Oct 28,29,30 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Creative Stone Settings in Wax Sat, Nov 5 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Nov 6 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) Sun, Nov 6 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Precious Metal Clay: PMC Freeform Beads Sun, Nov 13 11:00am - 3:00pm $TBA
Filigree Workshop Sun, Nov 20 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Nov 27 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, Dec 4 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Resins, Rivet, Patinas and More Sat, Dec 10 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Five Golden Rings Sun, Dec 11 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Precious Metal Clay: PMC Rings Sat, Dec 17 11:00am - 3:00pm $TBA
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Dec 18 10:00am -1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sun, Dec 18 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00

 

Weekly and Intensive Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

September 3,4,5
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300 plus the cost of silver

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 -$30

Prerequisite: None.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Wendnesdays, Sept. 14 - Oct. 5
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$175 - 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, one of a kind chain and more are all possible projects for this class.

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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Forged Forms for Jewelry

Tuesdays, October 4 - 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$180 plus materials - 4 sessions

Instructor Bill Dawson

Forged Forms

Class description: Learn to create beautiful and elegant forms for jewelry and metalwork.  Bill will show you how to bring wire to life using simple techniques.  Students will learn how to shape, twist, elongate and taper through hammering, annealing, and soldering. You will explore these new techniques by experimenting in copper.  Then you will design a project and Bill will guide you through creating your new design. Learn to express yourself in metal while letting the metal express its nature through your work.  Bill will also cover the basics of mill forging, twist and roll wire, chisel piercing, and swedge work. 

Materials: $10 for copper, payable to instructor (check/cash only please). Students who wish to work in silver must provide their own.

Prerequisite: No experience is necessary, but some skill with hammers is helpful.

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, Oct. 15 - Dec 10

no class Oct. 29
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$295 - 8 sessions/ $245 - 6 sessions

plus $25 materials fee

Instructor Joni Joachims

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.

Materials: Students should bring sterling or bronze casting grain or scrap and a dust mask rated P100 or N95 (available at the hardware store or $3 at the studio)

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

October 28, 29, & 30
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300 plus the cost of silver

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 -$30

Prerequisite: None.

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Weekend Classes- Full Descriptions

 

Prong Settings from Wire: for Faceted Stones and Freeforms

Sunday, July 31
10:00 - 5:00 pm

$115 includes materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Learn to fabricate your own custom prong settings! 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 faceted stones, but these designs can be easily adapted for cabochon cuts and freeform shapes. The use of the flex shaft and the different setting burs will be covered.

Course description: Learn to fabricate your own custom prong settings! 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 faceted stones, but these designs can be easily adapted for cabochon cuts and freeform shapes. The use of the flex shaft and the different setting burs will be covered.

Materials: Materials are included, optional to bring: silver wire in gauges 16-20 and stones to work with, a project to attach your setting to.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry

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Casting Intensive

Sat/Sun August 6 & 7
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:
PMC Stack Rings

Saturday, August 13
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 plus $40 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening *Class is full, please email or call to be put on the waiting list*

PMC Stacked Rings

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 make stack rings using .960 Silver (combination of PMC3 and PMC sterling. Go home with beautiful silver rings that you designed and made. It will be the start of a love affair!

Materials: $40 supply fee payable to the instructor

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Color on Metal:

Flame Painting, Patinas and Resins

Sunday, August 14
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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Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks

Sunday, August 21
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Flex Shaft Polishing Tips and Tricks

Course description: The flex shaft is one of the most versatile tools and a must have for the metalsmith's studio. But, do you know all the things you can do with it? Much more than just the basics of drilling and finishing! Not sure what you can do with all those attachments? Jennifer will show you all the time saving tricks the flex shaft can offer in the way of stone setting, sanding, and different finishes from matte to high shine. Plus the instructor will cover a variety of exciting textures you can add to your jewelry pieces plus she's got a few other tricks up her sleeve!

Materials: Bring in your unfinished polishing projects and questions.

Prerequisites: Beginning jewelry

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Tool Making Workshop

Saturday/Sunday August 27 & 28

10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$200 plus materials

Instructor Bill Dawson

Tool Making Workshop

Course description: You will make several simple tools in this money saving workshop. Learn the skills to create and customize a range of tools for your studio! You will learn to gauge the quality of steel, as well as how to soften and harden it. Bill will cover hot forging, stock removal, engraving, and other metal shaping techniques. Bill will also share his tips on sources to get new tool steel stock and how to get it as salvage. These valuable skills will give you a whole new range of options to create tools, alter tools to suit the task at hand, or completely transform old or broken tools. You will be able to make chasing tools, center punches, decorative stamps or a maker's mark hallmarking tool. Students will be provided with steel for making several simple tools.

Materials: $20 fee, payable to the instructor (cash or check only please)

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

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

September 3, 4 & 5
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300 plus the cost of silver

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 -$30

Prerequisite: None.

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Introduction to PMC
Precious Metal Clay

Saturday, September 10
10:00 am- 3:00 pm

$75 plus $40 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 available from instructor: $40 1 PMC3 16g clay.

Prerequisite: None

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Enamels: Make your mark

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

$115

Instructor Julie Brooks

Enamel Intensive

Course description: In this workshop you will explore a variety of techniques using powder and liquid enamels in opaque and transparent colors. Julie will show you how to create hand drawn elements, different enamel painting techniques and apply simple decals. Demonstrations will include: sifting and liquid enamel (white), use of graphite, stamp/pen methods, and firing single color water slide decals. Julie will also show you how to make your own sifting tools.  We will cover intermediate skills and experiment with more intricate design applications, including simple iron oxide waterslide decal application how to use painting with different forms of enamels to apply color with painterly effect (watercolors enamels, acrylic enamels and china paints). Find your voice through color application, use of line quality, and texture to further your artistic concepts. Previous drawing and painting experiences in not required!

Materials to bring:

  • Dust mask rated N95 (or purchase at TMAC)
  • Old towel (to save paper towels)
  • 2 SOFT plastic spray paint can lids (to make sifters-optional)
  • A few sizes of paintbrushes
  • Any container of non-lead bearing enamel they may have and want to work with
  • A small plastic paint tray with lid for watercolors

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry and previous enameling experience is helpful

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Enameled Jewelry

Saturday, September 17
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

Enameled Jewelry

Course description:  Enameling is a great way to incorporate color into your jewelry.  Learn to add contrast and impact using images and lines in your enamel pieces.  This class will cover various effects in enameling such as line application, sgrafitto, stencils, color shading, graphite and liquid enamels. 

Materials: Most materials included, bring rubber stamps and stencils if you have them. Students will need an N95 dust mask and small paint brushes.

Prerequisite: None

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Stone Setting Alternatives with Tubes and Prongs

Sunday, September 18
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

Saturday, September 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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Flush Setting Workshop

Saturday, September 24
1:30 - 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 1 mm - 2 mm faceted round stones. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or previous metalworking experience. Take this with the Ring Making Workshop and you can set a stone in the ring you make!

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

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry

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Metal Etching Made Easy

Sunday, September 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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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, Oct. 1
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

beginning jewelry workshop

Course description: A great starter class for absolute beginners. Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Amy will cover many metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, soldering and texturing.  Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, and rolling mill. 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. 

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

Prerequisite: none

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, Oct. 2
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 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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Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture

Sunday, October 16
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Please select

Cuttlefish Bone Casting

Course description: Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient means of creating a cast object. Create rings with stone settings, findings, and finished work without all the equipment needed for lost wax casting. Its low cost and convenience make it great for the small studio and those on a budget. It is fun, fast and affordable! Until the invention of vulcanized rubber for lost wax, the expert carving of cuttlebone was an excellent way to reproduce designs. Participants will discover the immediacy of casting with cuttlefish bone, the texture it can create, and how to use it to create multiples by making simple models. Demonstrations will include how to create a multiple part mold for the 3-dimensional casting of a ring with a stone setting, links, and an ingot mold for blanks as well as stone setting into the cast object. Students are expected to bring an N95 dust mask or purchase one in class for $2.50. Students may bring any sterling silver scrap to recycle by casting. 

Materials Included: bronze casting grain and brass jump rings, brass wire, cuttlefish bones for carving

Materials Students Should Bring:

  • - Sterling silver scrap or casting grain, ½ - 1oz (optional, bronze is provided, but silver will not be available for sale in this class, but may be pre-ordered)
  • - Small cabochons and faceted stones if you wish
  • - Small soft paint brush
  • - Dental tools or sharp little carving tools
  • - X-acto knife
  • - personal jewelry tools and kit

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

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The Business of Jewelry

Sunday, October 23
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$85

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

October 28, 29, & 30
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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Creative Stone Settings in Wax (for jewelry casters)

Saturday, Nov. 5
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$90

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Stone Setting in Wax

Course description:  The ancient technique of lost wax casting is widely used today for making mass produced jewelry and components as well as unique one-of-a-kind treasures. Designed for wax carvers, this class will focus on creating settings for stones in wax carvings that can then be cast using the lost wax method. Jennifer will demonstrate how to set faceted, free form, found objects & cabochons stones. Learn using prongs, modified bezels, flush setting round faceted stones, cast in place stones and creating unique settings for unusual stones. Jennifer will introduce you to some new tools and helpful tips for all stone setting projects. Students will not only explore a variety of techniques for working in wax in order to learn how to carve and prepare good waxes for casting. Learn the fundamentals along with some great new tricks for designing and creating wax models in this one day workshop. More advanced students will be challenged to create more sophisticated projects.

Materials: Most materials ncluded. Bring a wax pen if you have one.

Prerequisite: Some experience jewelry casting. Note: this class will cover wax carving only, not the casting process.

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, Nov. 6
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, Nov. 6
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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Precious Metal Clay: PMC Freeform Beads

Sunday, Nov. 13
11:00 am- 3:00 pm

$TBA

Instructor Ruth Greening

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.

Materials: Silver Clay available from instructor

Prerequisite: None

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Filigree Workshop

Sunday , Nov. 20
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Filigree Workshop

Course description: Filigree is an intricate fabrication technique where a thick wire frame is filled with fine threads of decorative wire and small balls of metal. Jennifer will show you step by step how to create patterns for a frame and fill the frames using various techniques from around the world.   Jennifer will demonstrate creating the frame, how to twist and curl the wire to create the fill, and granulation for additional ornamentation. You'll learn to use powdered solder and Jennifer will discuss fusing and soldering techniques appropriate for the many different styles of filigree: open wire work, closed back fret work and filigree on a dimensional surface.  Demos will include how to work with different metals including copper, fine silver and Argentium sterling. Jennifer will also go over how to embellish designs with small bezel set cabochon stones.

Materials: Students should bring dead soft fine silver wire: 5ft 26g round, and dead soft sterling silver wire 1 ft 16g square. Copper wire included.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent. Basic sawing and soldering or fusing skills required.

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, Nov. 27
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 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-$15 to cover the cost of silver and stones.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 4
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

beginning jewelry workshop

Course description: A great starter class for absolute beginners. Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Amy will cover many metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, soldering and texturing.  Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, and rolling mill. 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. 

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

Prerequisite: none

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Resins and Rivets, Patinas and More!

(aka Cold Fusions Techniques)

Saturday, Dec. 10
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Fee: $75 plus kit $35

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Altered Metals Class with Meredith Arnold at TMACAltered Metals Class with meredith arnold at TMAC

Course description - This class is packed with a variety of out-of-the-box techniques for applying color onto metals: explore cold fusion techniques on metal by working with heat curing resins and UV resins, colored pencils, new patina methods and more! Meredith will share her tricks for no fuss, fool-proof rivets. Discover creating unique one-of-a-kind resin elements using molds combined with color! Meredith will also show simple torch techniques for flame painting on metal with a small butane torch and how to seal your patinated creations.

Materials fee $35: Includes copper, aluminum and brass metal pieces, powdered and UV resins, wire, inks, mica powders, patina products, silicone molding compound, polymer clay, rivets, flux, sounding boards for bench blocks, sandpapers, sealer, latex like gloves, work surfaces.

Students should bring: An item to mold about the size of a quarter, Prismacolor pencils in colors you like (available at http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-colored-pencils/ for a great price!), apron.

Prerequisite: None

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Five Golden Rings

Sunday, Dec. 11
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Five Gold Rings at TMAC

Course description: Learn to use gold-filled wire and solid gold wire to create stunning stacking rings. Jennifer will show you how to work yellow and pink gold-filled wires of different shapes and gauges to create stunning rings. Get the rich look of gold for about the cost of silver! You'll learn how to measure, solder and shape the metal, then learn different ways to finish your rings: hammered, plain, matte finish or high shine! Jennifer will also demonstrate how to work with 14K gold! Make a set of stacking rings for yourself, or to give as gifts. Jennifer will also show a great trick for adding a tiny tube set stone!

Materials: Students may bring 14/20 pink or yellow gold-filled wire in different shapes and gauges (3" is enough for one ring), and 10K or 14K yellow gold easy solder, or purchase enough for their projects in class-approximately $10 - $20. Optional-1.5 mm round faceted stones. Students may opt to bring solid 14K gold to work with.

Prerequisite:Beginning jewelry is helpful.

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Precious Metal Clay: PMC Rings

Saturday, Dec 17
11:00 am- 3:00 pm

$TBA

Instructor Ruth Greening

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.

Materials: Silver Clay available from instructor

Prerequisite: None

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 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, Dec. 18
1:30 - 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 1 mm - 2 mm faceted round stones. Take this with the Ring Making Workshop and you can set a stone in the ring you make!

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

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry

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