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Weekly Classes

Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Fri, Sat, Sun Aug 22, 23, 24 Time Fri/Sat 10am - 6pm Sun 10 - 6pm Fee 4 sessions $300
Blacksmithing  

 

Dates Sat, Sept 13 - Oct 4 Times 11:00am - 3:00pm Fee 4 sessions $295
Anti-clastic Raising    
Dates Fri, Sept 16 - Oct 7 Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $210
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals    
Dates Wed, Sept 24 - Oct 15 Time 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 4 sessions $165
Introduction to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Sat, Sept. 27 - Nov. 22 Time 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 6 sessions $235 8, sessions $285
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals    
Dates Sat, Nov 1 - Nov 22 Time 10:30am - 3:00pm Fee 4 sessions $210
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
Marriage of Metals Workshop Saturday, July 26 11:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Prong Settings for Faceted Stones and Freeforms Sunday, July 27 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sunday, Aug 3 10:00am - 4:30pm $95.00
Keum-bo Overlay on Silver Thursday, Aug 7 6:00pm - 8:00pm $35.00
Ring Making Workshop Saturday, Aug 9 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop-Flush Mounts Saturday, Aug 9 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Soldering Solutions Sunday, Aug 10 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Electroforming Weekend Sat/Sun, Aug 16/17 10:00am - 4:00pm $180.00
Fusing Argentium Silver Thursday, Aug 21 6:00pm - 9:00pm $35.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri-Sun Aug, 22,23,24 Fri/Sat 10-6 Sun 10-3 $300.00
Intro to Casting Weekend Workshop Sat-Sun, Sept 6-7 10:00am - 4;00pm $180.00
Intro to PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Sun, Sept 14 11:00am - 3:00pm $60.00
Bezel Setting Sun, Sept 21 10:00am - 4:30pm

$85.00
Ring Making Workshop Sun, Sept 28 10:00am - 1:00pm $45.00
Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Setting) Sun, Sept 28 1:30pm - 4:30pm $55.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, Oct 5 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Saturday Open Studio Sat, Oct 11 11:00am - 5:00pm $10/hour
Metal Etching Made Easy Sun, Oct 12 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Flex Shaft Tips and Tricks Sun, Oct 19 10:00am - 4:00pm $45.00
Engraving Tricks for Jewelers and Metal Artists Sat - Sun, Oct 25 - 26 10:00am - 4:00pm $150.00

 

Weekly Classes -Full Descriptions

 

Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

August 22, 23 & 24
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fri & Sat: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm; Sun 10 - 3:00

$300

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Beginning Jewelry

Course description -This condensed exploration of metalworking fundamentals is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Techniques covered will include sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, 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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Blacksmithing

September 13 - October 11
Saturdays
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

$295 plus materials

5 sessions, including an optional community project day: Sat. October 11

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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. Larn 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 class includes an optional community project day on October 11 where students will work together on a project that will donated to a local organization.

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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Anti-clastic Raising

September 16 - October 7
Tuesdays
6:00 - 9:00 pm

$210

Instructor Bill Dawson

 

Anti-clastic raising

Course Description - This workshop covers the basics of anti-clastic raising. A technique for creating exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking dimensional forms. Starting with a flat sheet of metal, we'll shape the edges through compression and then stretch the center so that two curves develop at right angles to each other. ( A saddle is a good example of an anti-clastic form.) We will focus in class on "open" or "mono shell" forms made from single pieces of thin sheet and work on creating striking dimensional shapes.

Materials: $20 fee payable to instructor (cash/check only) includes all materials and use of tools during class.

Prerequisite: Some metalworking experience and accuracy with the hammer is helpful.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

September 24 - October 15
Wednesdays
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$165 - 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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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

September 27 - November 22, no class Oct. 18
Saturdays
4:30 - 7:30

$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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

November 1 - November 22
Saturday
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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Open Studio Rental

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

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

 

Open Studio Saturday

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.

**No open studio Friday August 22.

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 description

 

Marriage of Metals Workshop

Saturday, July 26
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Matthew Cote

 

Marriage of Metals Workshop

Course description: Created by cutting out a shape in one color sheet metal, then replacing that same shape with a different colored metal, Marriage of Metals is a soldering technique similar to the way a puzzle fits together. In this class Matt will show you different ways to cut sheet, and then reassemble them with solder. The end product is one flat sheet with a multi-colored design.  Add a patina if you wish, for a more dramatic effect.  The class will cover cutting metal with the disc cutters and tin snips, fitting and filing and lots of soldering. Matt will also do a sawing demo, and more experienced students may bring ideas that involve sawing for more intricate designs. Limited to six students. 

Materials: Copper and brass provided for in class use, students wishing to work with silver should bring 20 gauge sheet or various gauges of sheet and wire. Shibuichi and shakudo alloys will also be available for sale in class.

Prerequisite: None

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Prong Settings for Faceted Stones and Freeforms

Sunday, July 27
10:00 - 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

 

class is full, please email or call to get on the wait list
Prong setting workshop

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 faceted stones, but these designs can be easily adapted for cabochon cuts and freeform shapes. The use of the flex shaft and the different setting burs will be covered.

Materials: Copper will be provided, students wishing to work in sterling should bring 20-16 gauge round wire and sheet.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, Aug. 3
10:00 am- 4:30 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: 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. 

No experience necessary!

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

Prerequisite: none

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Keum-bo Overlay on Silver

Thursday, Aug. 7
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 $35 plus supplies

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Keum-bo Earring

Course description: Add a touch of gold to your silver jewelry designs. Keum-bo is an ancient Korean technique of fusing 24K gold to the surface of silver. This class covers how to apply thin gold foil to the surface of silver using a hotplate and a burnisher. This technique is low tech and easy to do in your home studio.  Amy will cover texturing sheet, cutting shapes, and prepping the silver to apply to the keum-bo overlay. Then we will apply an antique patina to darken the silver and accentuate the gold detail.

Materials: $20 for 24K gold foil, $5-$10 for 20 gauge silver sheet or bring your own silver. Advanced students are welcome to bring in fabricated projects to embellish with the gold foil. 

Prerequisite: none

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Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, Aug. 9
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$45 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Ring Making Workshop

Course description: In this fun, fast paced workshop you will make a ring and take it home! Learn to shape, solder, texture and patina silver to create beautiful rings of your own design. No prior jewelry experience is necessary.  

Materials included: Students should bring about $5 - $10 to spend on silver projects, or bring silver of various gauges, sheet and wire.

Prerequisite: none

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Flush Setting Workshop

Saturday, Aug. 9
1:30 - 4:30 pm

$55

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

class is full, please email or call to get on the wait list
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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Soldering Solutions

Sunday, August 10
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Soldering Solutions

Course description: Bring your trickiest solder seams and Jennifer will show you tons of tricks for successful soldering. She will cover all aspects of silver soldering for jewelry making: using different torches, different soldering bricks, boards and charcoal blocks, different types of flux and different varieties of silver solder: wire, sheet and paste solder. In this in-depth class Jennifer will go over the pros and cons of each and help you choose which methods and materials lend themselves to your designs. Students will take home a kit with all the different solders as well as a charcoal brick to continue soldering at home.

Materials: Included. Students, also bring the materials you typically work in.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry, or basic jewelry skills.

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Electroforming Weekend

Sat/Sun: August 16 & 17
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2 sessions - $180 plus $15 materials fee

Instructor Amy Reeves

 

Electroforming in Copper

Course description: Electroforming (a.k.a. "dipping") is an exciting technique which allows you to 'grow' copper over almost any object. You will learn how to use this process to create a shell of copper over things like glass, wax carvings and organic materials (seed pods, dried flowers, etc) to name a few. Electroforming can be used to create complex hollow forms in copper for sculpture or jewelry. Options for a home set-up will be discussed. No prior metalworking experience is necessary, but knowledge of soldering is helpful.

Materials: Bring objects to electroform- anything porous MUST be completely sealed by dipping in shellac or varnish. Since the varnish takes 24 hours to dry this can be done prior to class to save time. The majority of class time will be spent prepping your objects to get them ready to electro-plate. Finished copper forms will be ready to pick up the following week.

Prerequisite: beginning jewelry or equivalent.

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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: 3 foot length of 16 g argentium sterling round wire, or more. Also available for purchase at the studio.

Prerequisite: none

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

August 22, 23 & 24
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fri & Sat: 10:00 am- 6:00 pm; Sun 10 - 3:00

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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Intro to Casting Weekend Workshop

Sat/Sun September 6 & 7
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$180 plus the cost of metal

Instructor Joni Joachims

 

Introduction to Jewelry Casting

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, Joni 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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Introduction to PMC
Precious Metal Clay

Sunday, September 14
11:00 am- 3:00 pm

$60 plus materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

Introduction to PMC

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay - 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 form, texture, dry and torch fire your piece. Go home with beautiful fine silver earrings and pendant or two pendants that you designed and made. It will be the start of a love affair!

Materials: Silver Clay Kit available from instructor(cash/check only): $40 1 PMC3 16g clay.

Prerequisite: None

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, September 21
Time: 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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Ring Making Workshop

Sunday, September 28
10:00 am - 1:00 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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Stone Setting Workshop (Tube Settings)

Sunday, September 28
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 Workshop

Sunday, October 5
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95

Instructor Amy Reeves

Beginning Jewelry

Course description: 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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Art Month Studio Tour/ Open Studio

Saturday, October 11
Studio Tour/ Demos.11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Free!

 

Open Studio Rental: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Fee: Open Studio $10 per hour

Art at Work/ Tacoma Arts Month Studio Tour - TMAC will be participating in this city wide event where you can tour the studio and see the tools, equipment, and facility where jewelry and metal art is made. Come on in for hands-on demos, visit the Retail Gallery, and have any questions answered.

Open Studio Saturday - By popular request! No need to RSVP, just drop by and pay $10 per hour or $30 for the whole day. Monthly users need not pay. Open studio fee does not include metals, solder or consumables. Materials available for sale at the studio. Open Studio is for independent use by students who have taken one or more classes at TMAC. In addition to regular open studio hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, on October 11th there will be a Saturday Session!

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Metal Etching Made Easy

Sunday, October 12
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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Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks

Sunday, October 19
10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$95

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

registration begins in August

Flex Shaft Polishing Tips and Tricks

Course description: The flex shaft is one of the most versatile tools in the metalsmith's studio. Do you know all the things you can do with it? In this class we'll focus on using it for different finishes from matte to high shine. Plus the instructor will cover a variety of exciting textures you can add to your jewelry pieces.

Materials: Bring in your unfinished polishing projects and questions.

Prerequisites: Beginning jewelry

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Engraving Tricks for Jewelers and Metal Artists

Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26
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.

Prerequisites: Beginning jewelry or equivalent.

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