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Weekly Classes

Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun,Mon Dec 27,28,29 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300 FULL
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
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Wed, Jan 21 - Feb 25 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $165, 6 sessions $225
Forged Forms    
Dates Tue, Feb 3 - 24 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $165
Blacksmithing    
Dates Sat, Feb 7 - March 7 Times 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee 5 sessions $300
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
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
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Jan 18 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) Sun, Jan 18 1:30am - 4:30pm $55.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Flush Settings) Sun, Jan 25 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, Feb 8 10:00am - 4:30pm $85.00
Setting up a Home Studio Sat, Feb 14 10:00am - 3:00pm $55.00
Hinges and Mechanisms Workshop Sat, Sun, Feb 21,22 10:00am - 4:00pm $150.00

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Blacksmithing

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

Saturdays, Feb. 7 - March 7
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 six 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/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

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

Fee: $300

Instructor Amy Reeves

****CLASS IS FULL****please email or call to wait-list
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 pm - 7:30 pm

$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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Wednesdays, January 21 - February 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$165 - 4 sessions
$225 - 6 sessions

Instructor: Amy Reeves

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Beginning Jewelry

Course description: Learn the basics skills needed to create jewelry of your own design. We will use a jeweler's saw, rolling mill, hammers and mallets, and torches to cut, texture, shape, and solder metal sheet and wire into unique jewelry pieces. Cuff bracelets, textured earrings, and a ring or pendant with a bezel-set cabochon stone are all possible projects for this class. In the six-week session, we will also learn rivets and one-of-kind chain.

Materials: Copper and brass included. Students may buy silver and stones from instructor for ring project, or bring their own.

Prerequisite: None

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Forged Forms

Tuesdays, February 3 - 24
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$165 - 4 sessions

Instructor Bill Dawson

Forged Forms

Class description: It is the nature of metal that it may be directly formed under the hammer.  This is art of the smith, working with the natural plasticity of the metal, shaping it without grinding or other stock removal. Learn to express yourself in metal while letting the metal express its nature through your work.  We will also cover the basics of mill forging, twist and roll wire, chisel piercing, and swedge work. 

Materials: Approximately $10 payable to instructor (check/cash only please)

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

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

March 13, 14 & 15
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
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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Open Studio Rental

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

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

Holiday Hours:
Thanksgiving: Closed

Fri. Nov. 28: Open 11 am - 3:30 pm

Sat. Nov. 29: Open 11 am - 3:30 pm

Studio will end at 2 pm on Dec. 12 and Dec 18, for a private event.

 

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.

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One day or weekend classes: full descriptions

 

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 learn to make jewelry 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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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, January 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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Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings)

Sunday, January 18
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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Stone Setting: Flush Settings

Sunday, January 25
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$115

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Stone Setting Flush Settings

Course description: Bored with bezels? Then it may be time to explore more setting options! Jennifer will demonstrate a variety of simple elegant ways to set stones without bezels or prongs. Learn the basic techniques for creating the seamless flush setting (aka gypsy setting) as well as assorted fuax flush and back set options. These settings are perfect for adding the extra bit of finish and pizzazz to your rings, earrings and necklaces. Jennifer will reveal the tips and tools you need to know to make it simple. Small round faceted stones and even larger unusual shapes like pear and ovals are great to practice with during this workshop. Even if you've never set a stone before you can take this class.

Materials: Included

Prerequisite: Basic jewelry fabrication skills.

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Precious Metal Clay:

PMC Stack Rings

Sunday, February 1
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$65 plus $40 materials

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 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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Setting up a home studio

Saturday, February 7
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$55

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Home Studio

Students frequently request advice when it comes to setting-up-shop at home. Ventilation, lighting, ergonomics, noise issues, and tool gathering will all be discussed in this super informative workshop designed to help get you started or fine-tune a studio. Establish a safe and productive metal-working environment whatever your budget. How to prioritize your workspace and needs. Creating the perfect studio with the resources you have! We will take a look at how others have organized studios, do's and don'ts, and the history of the jewelry studio. Students will work on studio layout and planning for the future! Jennifer has worked and taught in many different studios, from craft centers to mass production.

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, February 8
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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Hinges and Mechanisms Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, February 21 & 22
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$150

Instructor Peggy Foy

Hinges and Mechanisms

Course description:  Learn to add movement to your metal creations with hinges and mechanisms. Whether you are interested in lockets, boxes, sculpture or clasps, you will find a solution in this workshop. Peggy will cover many simple approaches to hinges, clasps and other mechanisms to add movement to your pieces.

Materials: Copper and Brass provided, students may opt to bring silver sheet, wire and tubing.

Prerequisite: Previous metalworking experience required. Students should be familiar with sawing, soldering and filing..

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