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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Intro to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, Jan 16 - March 5 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 6 sessions $245 8 sessions $295
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Wed, Jan 20 - Feb 24 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 6 sessions $225 4 sessions $165
Metal Inlay Techniques    
Dates Tue, Feb 16 - March 8 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $195
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat & Sun March 19 &20 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Casting Weekend    
Dates Sat/Sun March 19 & 20 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $200
Intro to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, April 16 - June 4 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 6 sessions $245 8 sessions $295
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Wed, April 20 - May 25 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 6 sessions $225 4 sessions $165

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Stacking Rings Sat, Feb 13 12:00noon - 4:00pm $60.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Feb 14 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Electroforming Made Easy Sat, Feb 20 & 27 10:00am - 4:00pm $180.00
PMC Possibilities of PMC Sun, Feb 21 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, Feb 28 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sat, March 5 9:30am - 4:00pm $95.00
Filigree Sun, March 6 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Electro-etching on Copper Sat, March 12 11:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Discovering the Flexshaft Sun, March 13 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat, Sun March 19 & 20 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Casting Weekend Sat,Sun March 19 & 20 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00
Ring Making Workshop Sat, March 26 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sat, March 26 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Chased Engraving Sat, April 2 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00
Advanced Bezels Sun, April 3 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun April 8,9,10 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
PMC: African Inspired Spoon & Dish Sat, April 16 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Expressive Spinner Rings Sun, April 17 11:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Rivets Intensive Sat, April 23 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, April 24 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Recycle Workshop Sat, April 30 10:00am - 4:00pm $95.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, May 1 10:00am - 6:00pm $100.00

 

Weekly and Intensive Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays January 16 - March 5
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$295 - 8 sessions/ $245 - 6 sessions

Instructor Joni Joachims

*class is full-please email or call for the wait list*

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 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/ Metalsmithing

Wednesdays January 20 - February 24
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$225 -6 sessions/$165 - 4 sessions

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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Metal Inlay Techniques

Tuesdays February 16 - March 8
6:00pm - 9:00 pm

4 sessions $195

Instructor Bill Dawson

 

Metal Inlay Techniques

Course description:Metal inlay techniques have been used across many cultures for centuries with examples found in jewelry, sculpture, armor and functional objects, the list goes on.  True metal inlay involves a mechanical method of joining two or more metals without the aid of solder, and therefore without the need for heating.  Bill will show you a variety of methods for creating designs in copper, brass, silver and steel.  You will also learn how to apply patinas to increase the contrast of your design.  Specialized tools will be provided for class use and will be available for purchase. Limited to six students.

Materials: $25 paid to instructor for class projects, Cash or check only please. Additional materials availalbe for purchase.

Prerequisite:No experience necessary.

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Casting Weekend

Sat/Sun March 19 & 20
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, gold or bronze casting grain and an N95 dustmask 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: March 19 & 20
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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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays April 16 - June 4
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$295 - 8 sessions/ $245 - 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 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/ Metalsmithing

Wednesdays April 20 -May 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$225 -6 sessions/$165 - 4 sessions

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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Weekend Classes- Full Descriptions

 

Stacking Rings

Saturday, February 13
12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

$60

Instructor Julia Lowther

Silver Stacking Rings at Tacoma Metal Arts Center

Course description: Soldering is magic. Making metal stick to itself with metal? Totally magic! Come learn some magic and go home with three lovely sterling silver stack rings to prove it. Even if you have never used a torch before, this is the class for you. Short, sweet, and highly productive. The instructor will be with you every step of the way. Beginners welcome!

Materials: $25 supply fee paid to the instructor covers all materials. Price subject to change with fluctuating precious metals market.

Prerequisite: None

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, February 14
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

*class is full, please e-mail or call for the wait list*

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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Electroforming Made Easy

Two Saturdays: February 20 & 27
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2 sessions - $180 plus $20 materials fee

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 home set-up will be discussed. No prior metalworking experience is necessary, but knowledge of soldering is helpful.

Materials: 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. The majority of class time will be spent prepping your objects to get them ready to electro-plate. Finished copper forms will be ready to pick up the following week.

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

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PMC: Possibilities of Precious Metal Clay

Sunday, February 21
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$75

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Precious Metal Clay classes at tacoma metal arts center in Washington State

Course description: PMC (aka Preious Metal Clay). Create fine silver jewelry from a clay: this material works like earthen clay so it can be shaped, formed, textured and refined then fired. The result is precious metal in pure silver. Once it is finished into silver it can be polished or apply a patina for that vintage look. Meredith is a Level 2 certified PMC instructor and has 16 years experience with this relatively new material. She will share her many short cuts, and she will let you in on some hard won tips and tricks for working more efficiently and successfully with precious metal clay.

Materials:$40 paid to instructor for 9gm PMC3. The instructor will also provide PMC paste and syringe to share during the class as well as the tools use during class.

Prerequisite: none

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, February 28
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100

Instructor Amy Reeves

*class is full, please e-mail or call for the wait list*

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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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, March 5
9:30 am - 4:00 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

*class is full, please e-mail or call for the wait list*

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. 

Limited to six students

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

Prerequisite: none

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Filigree Workshop

Sunday , March 6
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$95

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.

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

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent.

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Electro-etching on Copper

Saturday, March 12
11:00 am- 5:00 pm

$85

Instructor Julia Lowther

Course description: Electro-etching is a fabulous low-tech and low-cost way to add design and dimension to a flat sheet of metal. You'll choose a design from a selection provided, transfer it to copper sheet, etch the metal (re-purposed phone chargers are involved - very cool!), cut out your earrings or pendant, and dome your pieces before finishing them. Side effects will almost certainly include: many compliments on your new jewelry, and addiction to the art of electro-etching!

Materials fee:A $20 supply fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. This covers materials and use of tools during class. Price subject to change with fluctuating precious metals market.

Prerequisite: None

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Discovering the Flexshaft

Sunday, March 13
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Meredith Arnold

 

Discovering the Flexshaft

Course description: Create unique adjustable rings while exploring how the flex shaft can cut, shape, drill, texture, polish and refine metal jewelry making.  The flex shaft can shorten just about any task and save overuse of hands, joints and more.  Meredith will also show you how to work using good ergonomics so you can stay creative, keep feeling good and stay focused for longer jewelry making sessions!

Materials: $25 for flex shaft polisher kit.

Prerequisites: none!

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun: March 19 & 20
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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Casting Weekend

Sat/Sun March 19 & 20
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, gold or bronze casting grain and an N95 dustmask or purchase in class.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent. Students should know how to saw, solder, file and polish metal.

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Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, March 26
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, March 26
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 2 mm - 3 mm faceted round stones. 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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Chased Engraving: Intro to Engraving with Hammer Driven Tools

Saturday, April 2
10:00 am- 6:00 pm

$100

Instructor Bill Dawson

 
Chased Engraving

Course description: Traditional engraving is an ancient art of carving lines into metal to create detailed ornamentation. Chased engraving can be a helpful alternative to palm driven cutting, that you may find easier to control, and less stressful to your wrist.  Driving the tool with a hammer allows for faster cutting of deeper patterns with greater control and on harder metals.  The tools are simple, and the techniques can be adapted to many sorts of project.  Topics will include tool set up, basic cuts, and methods of securing the work.

Materials: $60 fee for tools and materials

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry is helpful, but not required

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Advanced Bezels

Sunday, April 3
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 tricks for measuring, soldering solutions and how to polish your finished work like a pro. Bring in some fine silver (scrap, casting grain or a coin) and Jennifer will even show you how to make your own bezel strip from scratch!

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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

April 8, 9 & 10
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 -$30

Prerequisite: None.

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Precious Metal Clay: African Inspired Spoon and Dish

Saturday, April 16
10:00 am- 3:00 pm

$75

Instructor Ruth Greening

 
PMC African Inspired Spoon and Dish

Course description: These African inspired spoons and small dishes are made using ethnic beads, PMC (silver precious metal clay), a porcupine quill and an ostrich egg shard. and impressions to make a stunning show piece. Ruth will teach you the process step by step.  You will make a decorative spoon with PMC and a porcupine quill; the handles will be embellished with African trade beads, assorted wires and cotton cords. The ostrich eggshell dish will be etched, printed or stained and embellished with vintage African beads. Leave the class with a stunning set of decorative objects!

Materials Fee: $40 includes 16g PMC, an African porcupine quill, an assortment of African beads, a piece of ostrich shell, wire and cotton cord.  Ruth will also provide the use of all the tools you will need to complete this project.

Prerequisite: None!

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Expressive Spinner Rings

Sunday, April 17
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

$85 plus materials

Instructor Julia Lowther

Expressive Spinner Rings

Course description: Bring an unadorned finger to class, and take it home decked out in a fabulous sterling silver spinner ring hand made by you! Personalize your spinning copper band with meaningful words, names, or symbols. All materials and tools provided, including use of the torch. Bring nothing - go home with new jewelry. Have a blast in the process! (Making a ring for a lucky someone else? Measure the destination finger in advance with a strip of paper or a piece of string, and bring that to class.)

Materials: : $25 supply fee paid to the instructor at the beginning of class. This covers all materials. Price subject to change with fluctuating precious metals market.

Prerequisite: None!

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Rivets Intensive

Saturday, April 23
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fee: $85 plus $10 materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Rivets Intensive with Meredith rnold at Tacoma Metal Arts

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: $10 fee for metals.

Prerequisite: None.

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, April 24
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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Recycle Workshop:

Gold and Silver Jewelry from Scratch

Saturday, April 30
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

Recycle Gold and Silver Jewelry Workshop

Course description: Learn to make jewelry from your gold scrap or gold casting grain. This class will cover alloy indentification, how to determine silver and gold content, melting, casting an ingot and using the rolling mill to produce new stock from old scrap or casting grain. Once you’ve turned your scrap into new material, you'll be able to use it to create a new piece of jewelry! Amy will also demonstrate direct casting methods such as water casting, broom casting and salt casting.

Materials: Students should to bring gold or silver scrap, old jewelry, or casting grain. Silver casting grain can also be purchased through instructor in class. Metal scrap and broken pieces should be pre-cleaned and ready to go.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivavlent

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, May 1
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$100

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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Enamel Intensive: Make your mark

Sat/Sun, May 14/15
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$185

Instructor Julie Brooks

chose one or two day class:

Enamel Intensive

Course description:In this workshop you will learn to choose and prepare metals for enameling and explore a variety of techniques using powder and liquid enamels. Create hand drawn elements, use texture, and apply simple decals with controlled firing temperatures. Find your voice through color application, use of line quality, and texture to further your artistic concepts. Come prepared to experiment! Demonstrations will include: sifting and liquid enamel (white), use of graphite, texture techniques, stamp/pen methods (glue & glitter idea), and firing single color water slide decals. I can also do a demonstration on making a sifter if students are interested in a cheap and easy method.

Materials to bring: N95 dust mask, variety of paint brushes, texture materials for roll mill, stamps, small

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

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Mitsuro-hikime: A Wax Technique for Casting

Saturday, May 22
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Susan Ziess

Mitsuro hikime Casting

Course description: Roughly translated as honey (mitsu) was (ro) drawing (hiki) texture (me). Of Japanese origin, Mitsuro-hikime is a pliable sculpting wax which behaves like taffy and develops a unique linear pattern. A pioneer in the rediscovery of this method, Susan will show you tricks and tips on how to best work with this wax to develop the texture and form it into uniquely fluid forms. Most effective in simple designs, Mitsuro-hikime will bend, and curl, giving fantastic surface detail and a wonderful fluid quality. Susan will demonstrate spruing methods and share her recommendations for casting. You will also learn Susan's formula for mitsuro-hikime and participate in making a batch of the wax during the class.

Students will be able to design pieces in the wax during class and take some wax home to continue working with. These waxes can then be transformed into silver, bronze or gold jewelry using the lost-wax casting method.

Materials: Students should bring small tupperware style container, x-acto knife, hot wax pen, if available. Some are provided to share during class.

Prerequisite: Students should have some familiarity with the casting process. Minimum six students.

Casting of the wax pieces may be done in the casting class for the $45 drop in class fee.

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