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Weekly Classes

Blacksmithing    
Dates Fri/Sat, April 11 & 12 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Sat, March 28 - April 18 Times 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee 4 session $210
Intro. Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, March 28 - May 23 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm (no class May 9) Fee 6 sessions $235 8 sessions $285
Electroforming made Easy    
Dates Wed, April 1 - April 15 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 3 sessions $135
Champleve: Etching/ Enameling    
Dates Wed, April 22- May 27 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 6 sessions $195
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri, Sat, Sun May 29,30,31 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 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
Japanese Tool Making Sun, March 29 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Fusing Argentium Silver Thurs, April 2 6:00pm - 9:00pm $35.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, April 12 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) Sun, April 12 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Metal Etching Made Easy Sun, April 19 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Ring Making Workshop Sat, April 25 1:00pm - 4:00pm $45.00
Prong Settings Sun, April 26 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Enamels: Simple Surface Design Sat, May 2 10:00am - 4:00pm $95.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, May 3 10:00am - 4:30pm $85.00
Chasing Intensive Workshop Fri - Tue, May 8 - May12 private 5 day class  
PMC Pendant w/ Stone Setting Workshop Sat, May 16 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, May 24 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop Sun, May 24 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun, May 29,30,31 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Prong Set Wire Wrapping Sun, June 21 10:00am - 3:00pm $60.00

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Saturdays, March 28 - April 18
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$210 - 4 sessions

Instructor: Amy Reeves

**Class is full-please call or email for waitlist**

Beginning Jewelry

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

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

Prerequisite: None

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, March 28 - May 23, no class May 9
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$235 - 6 sessions 
$285 - 8 sessions

Instructor Joni Joachims

**Class is full-please call or email for waitlist**

Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Course description: Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using centrifugal or vacuum casting. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. The instructor will also cover making molds of your pieces and production options for making multiples. For past TMAC casting students only: drop in to one session of the casting class for $45 (subject to availability*)

Materials: Students should bring sterling or bronze casting grain or scrap.

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

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Electroforming made Easy

Wednesdays, April 1-15
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$135 plus $15 materials fee- 3 sessions

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

Materials: Most materials included. 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.

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

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Champleve: Etching and Enameling

Wednesdays, April 22 - May 27
6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

6 sessions - $195

Instructor Matthew Coté

Champleve

Course description: This class will introduce students to etching and enameling, and how to use them together to produce a highly detailed pieces. This process is known as champleve enameling, where etched recesses are created in the metal surface that are then filled with ground glass. The glass is fired in a kiln in order to fuse it to the metal, and when the design is complete the glass is flush with the metal surface. Make whatever type of jewelry or art you wish: belt buckle, wall hanging, pendant, brooch, the list goes on. Complete one large piece (up to 3x5") or 2-3 smaller pieces during the class.  Limited to six students. 

Materials: Copper and enamels and all tools provided. Students should e-mail an image to Matthew Coté- mjcote307@gmail.com or use one provided by the instructor. Details in the handout which will be e-mailed upon registration.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry is recommended

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

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

$165 - 4 sessions

$225 - 6 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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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

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

$235 - 6 sessions 
$285 - 8 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.

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

No open studio on the following days: and Fri May 8, for the Chasing class, and Fri Aug 7, for the Beginning Jewelry Intensive class,

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 $75 per hour. Popular topics include: Wedding Ring Tutorial, Beginning Jewelry, Forged Jewelry Forms and Hollowware Topics.

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One day or weekend classes: full descriptions

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Japanese Tool Making (tagane punches)

Sunday, March 29
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 + $40 materials

Instructor Bill Dawson

jAPANESE TOOL MAKING WITH BILL DAWSON

Coarse description: Learn to make your own japanese style punches in this tool making class taught by TMAC favorite Bill Dawson! In this workshop we will learn to make a variety of traditional japanese style metalworking tools, including chasing punches, and kebori. Bill will also cover how to use of these tools for engraving, texturing and chasing. 

Asian metalworking traditions differ somewhat from those in the west. In Japan goldsmiths typically will make many of their own tools rather than buying them pre-made. Tapering toward both ends, the blanks for these tools are small, well balanced, and forged from carbon steel. It is simple to make tools from these blanks because they are easy to shape, heat treat and finish.  Bill will supply the tool blanks for the class as well as show how to forge the blanks in the first place since they can be hard to come by outside of Japan.

Materials:$40 materials paid to the instructor

Prerequisites: None

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Fusing Argentium Silver

Thursday, April 2
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 than 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: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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Blacksmithing

$300 plus $60 materials - 2 sessions

Instructor Mike Mathewson

Saturday/Sunday, Apr. 11 & 12
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

 

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 to name a few. You'll even learn to make your own blacksmithing tools! Mike will cover safety and operation of a gas forge and all the tools, as well as basic hammering and heating techniques. Learn how to determine what type of steel to select for your projects, ferrous vs. non-ferrous metals, different types of steels and the pros and cons of scrap steel sources. Mike will also have forges for sale if you want to continue on your own.  The classes will take place at Mike's Tacoma studio: 1207 Martin Luther King.

Location:1207 Martin Luther King, Tacoma, WA 98405

Materials: Approx. $60, payable to the instructor (cash/check only). Each student has his/her own forge and anvil to work with during the class.  Students should bring safety glasses and leather work gloves.

Prerequisite: None

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, April 12
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, April 12
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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Metal Etching Made Easy

Sunday, April 19
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$75 plus materials

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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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, April 25
1:00 pm - 4:00 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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Prong Settings:
Faceted Stones, cabochons and freeforms

Sunday, April 26
10:00 - 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Prong Setting for Cabochons and Faceted stones

Course description: Learn to fabricate your own custom prong settings! Sheet and 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 cabochons, faceted stones and freeform shapes. We will make turtle settings from sheet and pedestal settings from wire. The use of the flex shaft, different setting tools and tips will be covered as well as soldering construction techniques with wire.

Materials: Provided. Copper and sterling wire in 20-16 gauge round, square and half-round wire and 20 - 16 gauge copper and brass sheet.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent.

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Enamels: Simple Surface Design

Saturday, May 2
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$95

Instructor Rebbecca Tomas

Enameling Workshop

Course description: - Stenciling is a fast and simple way to begin experimenting with color. In this workshop, we will use pre made, found, and our own DIY stencils to create shape and pattern as we investigate the way enamel colors fire and interact with one another. The great thing about stenciling is that we can use tiny amounts of enamel to get big visual results. Once we've stenciled a piece, we'll go back into it with pens and tiny seed beads to add detail and contrast. Students can expect to complete several small pieces of jewelry or samples. Limited to six students.

Materials to bring: 000 sable paintbrushes, any stencils you already have (for book arts or scrap booking); any seed beads you already have (not all work, so bring what you have and test them out); instructor will have some beads and stencils for class use

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, May 3
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

$85 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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PMC: Precious Metal Clay Pendant
with stones setting

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

$75 plus materials

Instructor Ruth Greening, Certified PMCC Senior Instructor

PMC Pendant with Stone Setting Fired in Place, taught by Ruth Greening

Course description:  You have heard about PMC for so long, now is the time to find out what the excitement is all about! This hands on intro will let you get your fingers on the most amazing silver in the world: Precious Metal Clay! Learn to create a beautiful pendant that has a bit of ‘bling’ to show it off!  You will learn how to create a beautiful pendant from precious metal clay silver, then Ruth will show you how to properly set a faceted stone to be fired in place.

Materials:$40 includes 16g PMC3, 2 CZ stones, PMC paste, use of tools for class, firing, finishing and patina.

Prerequisite: None!

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Golden Stacking Rings

Saturday, May 17
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 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! 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 thier 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: No experience necessary!

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Ancient and Easy Chains

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

$85

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Ancient and Easy Chains

Course description: This class will cover everything from traditional chains to stepping outside of the box to create unusual links. A wide range of chain styles will be demonstrated including cold-connected, woven, and soldered link chains. The basic chains require only wire and basic hand tools. We will start the day with chains that do not require solder or heat: Egyptian spiral, Viking Knit, and wire-wrapped links with beads. Learn to use pliers, basic hammering, wire forming and weaving, to create beautiful, flexible chains from different gauges of wire. Next, we will work with a torch to solder links to create loop in loop chain, cable chain, and chains of artisitc free form links.  Jennifer will also show how to make your own jump rings hand finishing. Work time will be spent on samples of chain styles in base metals (copper, brass, bronze) but students are welcome to finish samples with purchased silver. No experience necessary!

Materials: Copper and brass provided, or students may bring silver in 18g-22g round wire

Prerequisite: none

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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, May 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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Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings)

Sunday, May 24
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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

May 29, 30 & 31
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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Recycle Workshop:

Rings from Scratch

Saturday, June 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Gold Jewelry from Scratch

Course description: Learn to make jewelry from scrap or casting grain. This class will cover alloying, melting, casting an ingot and using the rolling mill to produce gold stock from gold scrap or casting grain. Then, you'll take your silver or gold and create a new piece of jewelry! Your project can be a ring, earrings, chain: there are many possibilities.

Materials: Students should bring gold or silver scrap or old jewelry, or gold casting grain of 10 grams or more.

Prerequisite:Beginning Jewelry is helpful, but not required.

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Classical Wire Wrapping

Sunday, June 21
10:00 am- 3:00 pm

$60 plus $25 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

Prong Set 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 go beyond the basics for a precision wire wrapping technique - classical wire wrapping.  A beautiful clean setting that can be used in combination with other methods. 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 a series of 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 cabochon stone, square and half round wire. Tools provided for use in class if needed. Students may opt to bring their own tools: jewelry type square nose, chain nose and round nose pliers and flush cut wire cutters.

Prerequisite: It is strongly suggested that students have had a basic wire wrap class prior to taking this class.

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Saturday, June 27
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

$85 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

Bezel Setting Workshop

Course description: Learn how to create settings for flat backed objects and cabochon cut stones. Bezel setting is also perfect for setting beach glass, coins, buttons, almost anything!  In this class we will cover selecting appropriate bezel wire, silver soldering, fitting irregular and freeform objects, making a ring band or pendant bail, polishing and stone setting. You will be able to finish a ring or pendant.

Materials: Bring a stone to set or purchase one from our assortment. Students should bring $5-$10 to cover the cost of silver and stones.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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The Business of Jewelry

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

$85

Instructor Meredith Arnold

tmac gallery

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

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

Prerequisite: none

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Advanced Bezels

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

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

 

Course description:

Materials:

Prerequisite: Experience with bezel setting stones in silver.

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Ring Making Workshop

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

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

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

$35

Instructor Amy Reeves

Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

Course description: Learn to create a fantastic, one of a kind bracelet. This class will cover textures, sawing, filing, soldering and shaping. Learn to measure for a cuff or a bangle. Leave with gorgeous finished pieces you'll love to show off! Make anything from a wide statement cuff to thin stacking bangles.

Materials: Copper and brass provided for in class use, students who wish to work with silver should bring 22 gauge sheet (or thicker) or 16 g wire.

Prerequisite: none

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PMC: Precious Metal Clay Rings with stones

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

$75 plus $40 kit

Instructor Ruth Greening, Certified PMCC Senior Instructor

PMC Rings with Stones

Course description:  You have heard about PMC for so long, now is the time to find out what the excitement is all about! This hands on intro will let you get your fingers on the most amazing silver in the world: Precious Metal Clay! Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver. Learn how to make clean ring shank from precious metal clay and add a stone for a fun statement! The kit includes: 1- PMC3 16g clay, 1 large CZ, sizing patty for ring, plus the instructor will bring PMC paste and tools to share for use during class. Students should be able to make one complete ring from the package of clay. No prior jewelry experience is necessary, students of all levels are welcome.

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

Prerequisite: None

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Unchain My Heart

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

$95

Instructor Micki Lippe

UNCHAIN MY HEART

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

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

Prerequisite: Beginning class or equivalent.

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Flame Painting, Patinas and Resins

Saturday, August 1
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$75 plus materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

Create patina patterns on copper using a torch and learn how to seal it without changing the colors! Explore applying colored patterns with resin and then layering these surface techniques for results in fabulous metal pieces to use in your jewelry designs. The options are limitless with layering patina and resin patterns and the creativity is all yours!

Course description: Create patina patterns on copper using a torch and learn how to seal it without changing the colors! Explore applying colored patterns with resin and then layering 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! 

Materials: $10 fee payable to the instrucor in class

Prerequisite: None!

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

August 7, 8 & 9
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$300

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals intensive

Course description - An in-depth workshop in three days, perfect for anyone who has always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Amy will cover all of the metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, and texturing, and that is just the first day! We will also cover bezel setting stones, making rings, chain fabrication and lots of soldering. Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, rolling mill and hydraulic press. The instructor will also talk about how to set up a home studio so you can continue on your own after the class. No prior jewelry experience is necessary, students of all levels are welcome.  Small class size ensures plenty of one on one instruction. Copper and brass provided for in class use, silver available for purchase.

Materials: Most materials included. Students may opt to purchase silver to work with approx. $10 -$20

Prerequisite: None.

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Intro to Casting Weekend Workshop

Sat/Sun August 15 & 16
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus the cost of metal

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

 

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 geare d 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.