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Weekly Classes

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals    
Dates Sat, Nov 1 - Nov 22 Times 10:30am - 3:00pm Fee 4 sessions $210
Blacksmithing    
Dates Sat, Nov 22 - Dec 20 Times 11:00pm - 3:00pm Fee 5 sessions $300
Jewelry/ Metalsmithing 2    

Dates Wed, Dec 3 - Dec 17

Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Fee 3 sessions $115

Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun,Mon Dec 27,28,29 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Blacksmithing    
Dates Sat, Jan 3 - Jan 31 Times 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee 5 sessions $300
Intro Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, Jan 10 - Feb 28 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 6 sessions $235 8 sessions $285
Open Studio Rental    
available every week Weds/Thurs 12 - 8pm Fri 10 - 6pm $10/hour, $30/day, $120/month

 

Short Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Nov 9 10:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Classical Wire Wrapping Sun, Nov 16 10:00am - 3:00pm $55.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) Wed, Nov19 6:00pm - 9:00pm $55.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Nov 23 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sun, Nov 23 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Ring Making Workshop Thur, Dec 4 6:00pm - 9:00pm $45.00
Engraving Sat,Sun, Dec 6,7 10:00am - 4:00pm $150.00
Bracelets Thur, Dec 11 6:00pm - 8:00pm $85.00
Recycle Workshop (Gold and Silver) Sat, Dec 13 11:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
PMC Earrings Workshop Sun, Dec 14 10:00am - 2:00pm $60.00
Easy Enameled Jewelry Sun, Dec 14 3:00pm - 7:00pm $65.00
Argentium Sterling Fusing Thur, Dec 18 6:00pm - 9:00pm $35.00
Stacked Golden Rings Sat, Dec 20 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun Dec 21 10:00am - 4:30pm $85.00
Kids Jewelry Class Mon, Dec 22 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Beginning Jewelry Intensive Sat,Sun,Mon, Dec 27,28,29 10:00am - 5:00pm

$300.00

Resins and Rivets: Cold Fusions Techniques Sun, Jan 11 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Blacksmithing

Saturdays, Oct. 18 - Nov. 15
11:00 am - 3:00 pm **FULL**

Saturdays, Nov. 22 - Dec. 20
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturdays, Jan. 3 - Jan. 31
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials - 5 sessions

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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Blacksmithing Workshop

Course description: You will learn basic blacksmithing techniques with a variety of hands on projects each week. Ranging from decorative to functional, possible projects include plant hangers, candlestick holders, fire pokers, decorative hooks and barbeque 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.  Limited to four students. The classes will take place at Mike's Tacoma studio: 1207 Martin Luther King.

The class includes an optional community project day during the last week where students will work together on a group project.

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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Saturdays, November 1 - November 22
10:30 am - 3:00 pm 1/2 hour lunch break

$210 - 4 sessions

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: In this class you'll learn the basics techniques to create jewelry of your own design. Possible projects include a cuff bracelet, textured earrings and a ring or pendant with a bezel set cabochon stone. Techniques covered will include use of the rolling mill, hammers, jewelers saw and silver soldering. Includes most materials, students may buy silver and stones from instructor for ring project, or bring their own.

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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Jewelry/ Metalsmithing 2

Wednesdays, Dec. 3 - 17
6:00 - 9:00 pm

$115 - 3 Sessions

Instructor Amy Reeves

Jewelry 2

Course description: In this class you'll build on the knowledge you've gained in previous classes and learn techniques for more advanced projects. You will learn different ways to fabricate prong setting for cabochons and found objects, hollow forming to make metal beads, and tube and flush settings for faceted stones. This class will also cover advanced soldering techniques and final finish polishing.

Materials: Most materials included, but students who wish to work with silver must provide their own or purchase from the instructor.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry / Metalsmithing

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

December 27, 28 & 29
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Fee: $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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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, January 10 - February 28
4:30 - 7:30

$235 6 sessions 
$285 8 sessions

Instructor Joni Joachims

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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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Open Studio Rental

Wednesdays: 12 - 8pm*
Thursdays: 12 - 8pm*
Fridays: 10am - 6pm

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

 

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.

*Studio ends at 6 pm if there is an evening class.

Private instruction for a variety of topics is also available, starting at $65 per hour. Popular topics include: Wedding Ring Tutorial, Beginning Jewelry, Forged Jewelry Forms and Hollowware Topics.

 

One day or weekend classes: full descriptions

 

Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, November 9
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$85 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

**Class is full, please email to get on the waitlist****

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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Classical Wire Wrapping

Sunday, November 16
10:00 am- 3:00 pm

$55 plus $25 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

 

Classical Wire Wrapping

Course description: Classical wire wrapped jewelry is a great way to make stunning designs using simple techniques, minimal tools and no soldering.  In this class we will learn the basics for a precision wire wrapping technique - classical wire wrapping.  Using square and half-round wire, we will learn to build a light weight, open back setting that will really show off the stone.  Ruth will show how to capture the stone using small prongs and how to integrate a streamlined bail as part of the pendant design. Learn the technique step by step while you create a gorgeous pendant that you can wear home!

Materials: Payable in class: kit fee $25 for stone and Silver Fill wire. Tools provided for use in class. 

Prerequisite: none

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Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings)

Wednesday, November 19
6:00 pm - 9:00 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.

Materials: Includes silver tube and cubic zirconium stones. Additional silver available for purchase. Optional: bring a ring or another piece of jewelry and attach your setting to it.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or previous metalworking experience.

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, November 23
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

****class is full**please email or call to get on the waiting list
Ring Making Workshop

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, November 23
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

$55

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Flush setting at TMAC

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

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

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry, ring class or equivalent

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Ring Making Workshop

Thursday, December 4
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

Ring Making Workshop

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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Engraving Tricks for Jewelers and Metal Artists

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$150 plus $75 kit fee

Instructor Bill Dawson

Engraving

Course description: Mastering engraving is a lifetime endeavor, but the basics can be learned in a fairly short time. There is a lot of embellishment that can be done with relatively little engraving experience, and engraving can add a great deal of interest to your designs. We will start with tool setup and layout and then explore hand engraving, wriggle cut, and hammer driven engraving. We will work with a variety of methods for holding the work piece and different ways to transfer patterns. You will take home a basic set of gravers fitted to your hands and a whole new range of options for decorating your designs.

Materials: $75 kit fee payable to instructor in class (cash/check only).The kit includes a square graver (high speed steel), a flat graver, (high speed steel), a carbon steel onglette graver, handles for all, oil tin for lubing the gravers, shellac stick, punch block, and leather engraving pad.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent.

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Bracelets

Thursday, December 11
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$35

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

Course description: Learn to create fantastic, one of a kind bracelets. You will learn textures with the rolling mill, hammers and stamps, filing, and simple soldering. Learn to measure for a cuff or a bangle. Leave with gorgeous finished pieces you'll love to show offor give as gifts! 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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Recycle Workshop:

Gold and Silver Jewelry from Scratch

Saturday, December 13
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Fee: $75

Instructor Amy Reeves

Recycle Workshop for Gold and Silver

Course description: Learn to make jewelry from your gold scrap or gold casting grain. This class will cover alloys, melting, casting an ingot and using the rolling mill to produce gold stock from gold scrap or casting grain. Once you’ve turned your scrap into new material, you'll use it to create a new piece of jewelry! Your project can be a ring, earrings, chain—there are many possibilities. These processes are also suitable for students who wish to work in silver. No experience necessary. Limited to six students.

Materials: No fee; however, students need to bring their own gold or silver scrap, old jewelry, or casting grain. Casting grain can also be purchased through instructor in class.

Prerequisite: None

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PMC Earring Workshop

Sunday, December 14
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

$60 plus $45 materials fee payable to instructor

Instructor Ruth Greening

 

PMC Earring Workshop

Course description:  How many pairs of earrings can you make from 9g of PMC clay and one PMC sheet? Find out in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay. Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver.

Materials: The $45 kit fee (cash or check payable in class) includes sterling silver wire, PMC3 9g & 1PMC sheet. Instructor will provide tools to use during class, firing and finishing.

Prerequisite: No prior jewelry experience is necessary, but students of all levels are welcome.

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Easy Enameled Jewelry

Sunday, December 14
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

$65

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, and stencils.  Limited to six students. No experience necessary.

Materials: Most materials included. Optional, bring rubber stamps to apply designs to the enamel surface.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry is helpful, but not required

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Fusing Argentium Silver

Thursday, August 21
6:00 - 9:00 pm

$35 plus materials

Instructor Danielle Dunlap

 

Fusing Argentium Silver

Course description: Argentium is a new alloy of Sterling silver that is anti-tarnish, anti-firescale, softer that fine silver and stronger than sterling!  Learn to form rings, make chain and more to create one of a kind jewelry. We will make earrings, stacking rings, or chain.  No experience necessary.

Materials:Materials: We will use argentium silver wire in 14g round, 16g round and 14g square. Bring a total of 2-3 feet, or purchase just what you need at the studio.

Prerequisite: none

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Five Golden Rings

Saturday, Dec. 20
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$85 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Golden Ring Jewelry Making Classes at TMAC- Taocma Metal arts Center

Course description: Learn to use gold-filled wire to create stunning stackings 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! Make a set of stacking rings for yourself, or to give as gifts.

Materials: Students may bring 14/20 pink or yellow gold-filled wire in different shapes and gauges (3" is enough for one ring) or purchase enough for thier projects in class-approximately $10 - $20.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 21
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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Kids Jewelry/ Metals Class

Monday, December 22
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$85 includes materials

Instructor Joni Joachims

 

kids jewelry making at TMAC

Course description: By popular request we are offering a jewelry / metals class for KIDS for the first time. For ages 9 - 14. Joni will show you how to use the tools to make your own personalized creations. You will learn stamping, texturing, cutting, shaping, rivets and patinas. Students will spend the day learning different ways to form, shape, cut, texture and join copper and brass to create jewelry and metal art. You can make a hammered ring, a charm for a pendant or keychain, and one-of-a-kind chain.

Materials: Included

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

December 27, 28 & 29
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Fee: $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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Resins and Rivets: Cold Fusions Techniques and More

Sunday, January 11
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 working with heat curing resins and UV resins, colored pencils, new patina methods and more combined with 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.

Materials Kit $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. Optional: butane torch (we need just a few so if you don't have one don't buy one) and butane fuel. Instructor will bring a butane torch and propane torch for use in class, too.

Prerequisite: None.

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