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Weekly Classes

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
Blacksmithing    
Dates Sat/Sun May 16 &17 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri, Sat, Sun May 29,30,31 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals    
Dates Wed, June 2 - July 8 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $165 6 sessions $225
Intro. to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Tues, June 16 - Aug 4 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 6 sessions $235 8 sessions $285
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri, Sat, Sun Aug 7,8.9 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $300
Casting Intensive    
Dates Sat, Sun Aug 15,16 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $200
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
Chasing Intensive Workshop** full Fri - Tue, May 8 - May12 9:00am - 5:00pm $1000.00
PMC Pendant w/ Stone Setting Workshop Sat, May 16 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Blacksmithing Sat/ Sun, May 16 & 17 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Golden Stacked Rings Sun, May 17 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Ancient and Easy Chains Sat, May 23 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, May 24 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings) 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
Fusing Argentium Silver Thurs, June 4 6:00pm - 9:00pm $35.00
Seamless Tubing Hoops Sat, June 6 10:00am - 1:00pm $35.00
Flared Spinner Rings Sat, June 6 1:30pm - 4:30pm $45.00
Heat Textures: Reticulation Silver & Shibuichi Sun, June 7 10;00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Tool Modifications for Personalized Tools Sat, June 13 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, June 14 10:00am - 4:30pm $85.00
Recycle Workshop: Rings from Scratch Sat, June 20 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Classical Wire Wrapping Sun, June 21 10:00am - 3:00pm $60.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sat, June 27 10:00am - 4:30pm $85.00
The Business of Jewelry Sun, June 28 10:00am - 5:00pm $85.00
Advanced Bezels Sat, July 11 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, July 12 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sun, July 12 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
PMC: Precious Metal Clay Rings with Stones Sat, July 18 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Bangles & Cuffs Workshop Sun, July 19 11:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Silver Peacock Earrings Sat, July 25 11:00am - 2:00pm $40.00
Silver Mudra Pendant Sat, July 25 3:00pm - 6:00pm $40.00
Unchain My Heart Sun, July 26 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Color on Metal:Flame Painting, Patinas and Resins Sat, Aug 1 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Aug 7,8,9 10:00am - 5:00pm $300.00
Casting Intensive Sat,Sun, Aug 15,16 10:00am - 5:00pm $200.00

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

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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

***class is full-please call or email to 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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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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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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Blacksmithing

Saturday/Sunday, May 16 & 17
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials - 2 sessions

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 barbecue 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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Golden Stacking Rings

Sunday, 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 and 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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Fusing Argentium Silver

Thursday, June 4
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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Curved Tubing Hoops

Saturday, June 6
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$35 plus cost of silver

Instructor Peggy Foy

Curved tube earrings

Course description: How do you make a curved hollow tube? Peggy will show you how you can perfectly curve a piece of tubing without distorting, crimping or crushing it! This curved tubing can be used in your jewelry designs as accents, bails or other components. Peggy will demonstrate a simple process for making perfectly curved tubing. Then she will show you how to form the graceful curves into a clever pair of silver hoop earrings!

Materials: about $5 per pair of earrings.

Prerequisite: None!

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Seamless Spinner Rings

Saturday, June 6
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

$45 plus materials

Instructor Peggy Foy

seamless spinner rings

Course description: Peggy will demonstrate how to make a simple tool you can use to create spinner rings; make your own for under $20! We will start with flat sheet. Peggy will demonstrate how to texture the sheet, cut it into washer shapes with the disc cutters. Then we will hammer the sides upright to make a seamless textured ring. Next, make a small floater ring and learn how to flare the ends to create a free-floating spinner ring that revolves around the inner textured band. The best part is, when you flare these rings there is no solder seam to split!!

Materials: Copper and brass provided, silver available for sale at the studio. Students may opt to bring 20 g sterling sheet and some wire to work with.

Prerequisite: None!

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Heat Textures: Reticulation Silver and Shibuichi

Sunday, June 7
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

Reticulation silver and Shibuichi

Course description: Learn how to achieve rich textural surfaces in silver and silver/copper alloys in this one day workshop. We will start with smooth sheet of reticulation silver and shibuichi, and learn to prepare the surface and then create a rich torch texture. Learn the pros and cons of purchasing different alloys or producing your own sheet. This technique can also be done with sterling silver and 14 K gold. Amy will also cover how to incorporate these textured metals into your jewelry pieces, and how to melt the alloys and make the sheet from scratch.

Materials: approx $40 for 3"x1"x18g reticulation silver sheet, & 3"x1"x24g shibuichi sheet. Actual materials fee will be based on market price, or students may bring their own. Additional pieces my be pre-ordered through TMAC after registration. Optional to bring if you have them: soft charcoal block, brass brush, agate or steel burnisher.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

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Tool Making Workshop: modifications for personalized tools

Saturday, June 13
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 plus materials

Instructor Peggy Foy

Tool Modifications for Jewelry Artists at TMAC

Course description: As metalsmiths we all LOVE our tools. In this class we will learn to modify tools for specialized applications. In this money saving workshop we will learn to create texture hammers, personalized punches, and stone setting pliers. Plus, Peggy will reveal incredible shortcuts for a wide variety of tasks, and how to keep all of your tools in prime condition.

Materials: Approximately $35 fee includes tools for modification: hammer, punches, and pliers.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent.

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, June 14
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

$85

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: A great starter class for absolute beginners. Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Metalsmithing skills of sawing, soldering, texturing, piercing, filing, stamping, hammering, and more will be covered.  Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment with access to a rolling mill and hydraulic press. 

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

Prerequisite: none

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Recycle Workshop:
Rings from Scratch

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

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

recycle workshop at TMAC: 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 Wrap Prongs

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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Blacksmithing

Saturday/Sunday, June 27 & 28
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials - 2 sessions

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 barbecue 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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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: Explore the possibilities of gallery wire, step bezel and other specialty products for bezel setting. Learn the tricks for succesful bezels from tiny to extra large!

Materials: Silver and stones, also available for purchase at the shop.

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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Flush Setting Workshop

Sunday, July 12
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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PMC: Precious Metal Clay Ring 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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Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

Sunday, July 19
11:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85

Instructor Amy Reeves

Bangles and Cuffs Workshop

Course description: Learn to create fantastic, one of a kind bracelets. This class will cover textures, sawing, filing, soldering and rivets. 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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Silver Peacock Earrings

Saturday, July 25
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

$40 plus $25 materials

Instructor Julia Lowther

choose class(es)

 

Silver Peacock Earring

Course description: Learn to link sterling silver jump-rings into a pair of unique earrings in the striking and popular Byzantine chain pattern. Create your own ear wires, and learn simple wire-wrapping techniques to adorn your earrings with pearls.  Freshwater pearls, in a choice of colors, are included in the materials kit.  Share a convivial class with friends new and old, and leave with fabulous new jewelry to enjoy yourself or delight a gift recipient. Take it with the afternoon pendant class and save $10!

Materials:  $25 (cash/check only) for materials kit of sterling silver and pearls. Tools provided for workshop use and for sale. Materials fee subject to change due to metal price fluctuations. Please bring reading glasses if you need help to see clearly within 8"-10" of your nose.

Prerequisite: None!

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Silver Mudra Pendant

Saturday, July 25
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$40 plus $25 materials

Instructor Julia Lowther

choose class(es)

 

Open Chain Mail Pearl Pendant

Course description: Link sterling silver jump-rings into a unique pendant in the lovely and harmonious Open Mail chain pattern. Learn simple wire-wrapping techniques to adorn your pendant with a pearl heart.  A freshwater pearl, in a choice of colors, is included in the materials kit.  Share a convivial class with friends new and old, and leave with fabulous new jewelry to enjoy yourself or delight a gift recipient. Take it with the morning earring class and save $10!

Materials: $25 (cash/check only) for materials kit of sterling silver and pearl (necklace cord is not included). Tools provided for workshop use and for sale. Materials fee subject to change due to metal price fluctuations. Please bring reading glasses if you need help to see clearly within 8"-10" of your nose.

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 different chain samples!! Learn interesting ways to incorporate 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!! With Micki's help you will design and create a truly original chain of your own design. 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 may opt 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 jewelry class or equivalent.

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Color on Metal:

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 with other surface techniques for results in fabulous metal pieces to use in your jewelry designs. The options are limitless with layering patina and resin patterns and the creativity is all yours! 

Materials: $10 fee payable to the 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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Casting Intensive

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

$200 plus the cost of metal

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using centrifugal casting. The first day you'll be guided step by step through carving a wax model and making a mold of it. On day two, you will cast your project into bronze, silver or gold using centrifugal casting. Then, Jennifer will show you how to clean up and polish your project into a beautiful piece of jewelry!

Course description: Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using centrifugal casting. The first day you'll be guided step by step through carving a wax model and making a mold of it. On day two, you will cast your project into bronze, silver or gold using centrifugal casting. Then, Jennifer will show you how to clean up and polish your project into a beautiful piece of jewelry! Demonstrations will be geared toward completion of the ring project; students may opt to work on a different project.

Materials: Students should bring sterling or bronze casting grain or scrap, or purchase in class.

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

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