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All Classes and Workshops (listed chronologically):

Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing Weds, Jan 29 - March 3 6:00pm - 9:00pm $245.00
Colored Pencil on Copper Sat. Feb. 1 10:00am - 5:00pm $95.00
Enamels on Copper Sun. Feb 2 10:00am - 5:00pm $109.00
Keum-boo:Gold Overlay on Silver Sat. Feb 8 10:30am - 3:00pm $65.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun. Feb 9 10:00am - 5:00pm $109.00
Classical Wire Wrapping Sat. Feb. 15 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Metal Etching Made Easy Sun. Feb. 16 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Blacksmithing Weekend in Eatonville Sat,Sun. Feb. 15, 16 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sat,Sun,Mon Feb. 22,23,24 10:00am - 5:00pm $345.00
Rivets for Metal Jewelry Sat. Feb 29 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Five Golden Rings Sun. March 1 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Ear Wires Tues. March 3 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Blacksmithing Weekend in Eatonville Sat,Sun. March 7,8 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Cloisonné Enamels Sat/Sun. March 7, 8 10:00am - 5:00pm $245.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun. March 13,14,15 10:00am - 5:00pm $345.00
Bronze Metal Clay Sat. March 21 10:30am - 5:00pm $95.00
Intro. to Jewelry Casting Sats. March 21 - May 2 5:30pm - 8:30pm $320.00
Altered Metals: Cold Fusion Techniques Sun. March 22 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Making Metal Beads Sat,Sun. March 28,29 10:00am - 4:00pm 215.00
Precious Metal Clay: PMC Rings Sat. April 4 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Enamels Sun. April 5 10:00am - 5:00pm $109.00
Beginning Jeweley/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun April 10,11,12 10:00am - 5:00pm $345.00
Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks Sat. April 18 10:00am - 5:00pm $109.00
Champleve Enamels Sat,Sun. April 25,26 9:00am - 5:00pm $265.00
Creative and Decorative Bezels Sat,Sun. May 2,3 10:00am - 4:00pm $215.00
Casting Intensive Sat,Sun. May 30,31 10:00am - 5:00pm $230.00

 

All Classes- Full Descriptions- Listed Chronologically

Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing

Wednesday nights, Jan. 29 - Mar. 4
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$245 - 6 sessions

Instructor: Glenda Dixon

**Class is Full**Please email to be placed on the wailist.

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Beginning Jewelry

Course description: Learn the basics skills needed to create jewelry of your own design. We will use a jeweler's saw, rolling mill, hammers and mallets, and torches to cut, texture, shape, and solder metal sheet and wire into unique jewelry pieces. Possible projects include things like cuff bracelets, textured earrings, and a ring or pendant with a bezel-set cabochon stone.

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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Colored Pencil on Copper

Saturday, Feb. 1
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$95 includes materials

Instructor Glenda Dixon

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Make a colored pencil on copper pendant at TMAC!!

Course description: Learn to enhance your copper creations with color the easy way, with colored pencils! In this class you will learn cold connection construction to make a colorful hollow form pendant. First Glenda will show you how to cut and form the copper sheet. Then you will learn how to add colorful designs using colored pencils! After your design is applied you will learn to attach it to a brass backing to create one-of-a kind pendant! Glenda will show different cold connection options such as tabs, prongs and stitching with wire as well as how to create a built in bail so your art can be worn around your neck.

Materials included: Copper, colored pencils to use in class, patterned brass sheet and all the supplies needed to complete the pendant project provided for in class use.

Optional materials to bring: Bring a pencil sharpener and prismacolor colored pencils (soft core) if available.

Prerequisite: none, all levels welcome

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Enamels on Copper

Sunday, Feb. 2
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$109

Jean Tudor**Class is Full**Please email to be placed on the wailist.

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learn enamel on copper at tacoma metal arts center

Course description:Enameling is a great way to incorporate color into your jewelry.  Learn to add contrast and impact using images and lines in your enamel pieces.  This class will cover enamel application basics such as cleaning copper, applying liquid enamel, sifting powdered transparent enamel, and firing the work in a kiln.   We will work with various effects in enameling such as stencils, sgrafitto, the use of transparent dry enamels, liquid enamels. You will leave this class with a few pieces ready to wear as jewelry or a decorative tile.

Materials: Most materials included.  Students should bring an N95 dust mask and paper and pencil for note taking.

Prerequisite: None!

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Keum-boo: Gold Overlay on Silver

Saturday, Feb. 8
10:30 am - 3:00 pm

$65 plus $35 supplies

Instructor Suz O'Dell

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Keumbo earrings by Suz O'dell

Course description: Add the luster of gold to fine silver fabrications with very little expense. In the ancient Korean technique of keum-boo (pronounced kum-boo, meaning attached gold) pure gold foil is bonded to the surface of another pure metal such as fine silver or PMC. Gold foil is chemically bonded to fine silver in a heat process using heat and pressure. This technique is low tech and easy to do in your home studio. No experience necessary. Suz will also talk about (but not demonstrate) how this can be used on sterling jewelry that has had the fine silver raised. Advanced students may bring a sterling piece with the fine silver already raised if they wish. Questions on how to do this prior to class? Just call or email us at TMAC!

Materials: $35 for 24K gold foil, paid to the instructor (cash or check only)

Students should bring to class:

1. a small piece of 20 - 22 g fine silver sheet for experimentation (approx. ¾” x 2”, bring your own or purchase from TMAC) cleaned and sanded fine, or a completely finished piece of fine silver jewelry. Deeply textured pieces are NOT advised.

2. bring your own or share the ones in the studio: tweezers, sharp scissors, small paper punch, stone (agate) burnisher

Prerequisite: None, open to all levels

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Bezel Setting Workshop

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

$109 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves**Class is Full**Please email to be placed on the wailist.

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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.

Materials: Bring a stone or object to set or purchase one from our assortment. Students should bring $10-$20 to cover the cost of silver.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Blacksmithing Weekend: Eatonville

Sat/Sun, Feb. 15 & 16
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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new location! 32514 36th Ave E, Eatonville  98328
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, just 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. Minimum 4 students, maximum 10

Materials: $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.

NEW LOCATION!: Blacksmith Workshop: 32514 36th Ave E, Eatonville  98328

Prerequisite: None

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Classical Wire Wrapping

Saturday, Feb. 15
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85 plus $25 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening*Class is Full**Please email to be placed on the wailist.*

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Classical Wire Wrapping

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

Materials: $25 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only)for stone and Silver Fill wire. Tools provided for use in class. 

Prerequisite: none

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Metal Etching Made Easy

Sunday, Feb. 16
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$85 + $40 materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Etching Made Easy

Course description: Discover creating raised patterns in metal without any special equipment! This is the full meal deal. Meredith will cover everything 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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

February 22, 23, & 24
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$345

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse**Class is Full**Please email to be placed on the wailist.

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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. Jennifer will cover all of the metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, soldering, hammering, and texturing. We will also cover bezel setting stones, making stacking rings, and lots of soldering. Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, and rolling mill. 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 of eight students 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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Rivets for Metal Jewelry

Saturday, February 29
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115

Instructor Glenda Dixon

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how to rivet metal jewelry with glenda dixon at TMAClearn to make rivets with glenda dixon at TMAC

Course description: Learn all about rivets in this fun one day class! Rivets are a great solution whenever solder is not an option. Glenda will cover standard rivets, flush rivets, tube rivets, all kinds of rivets! Learn to make rivets with spacers for a shadow box effect. And, you'll learn step by step how to make a spinning pin wheel pendant, no soldering necessary! Whether you want to incorporate found objects such as glass and wood, or add movement to your pieces, or just add another technique to your metalsmithing tool box, you'll love rivets!

Materials: Copper and brass provided, students may opt to bring silver to work with. Optional to bring, found object to incorporate into projects.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry skills are helpful, but not required

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Five Golden Rings

Sunday, March 1
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse*Class is Full**Please email to be placed on the wailist.*

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Five Gold Rings at TMAC

Course description: Learn to use gold-filled wire and solid gold wire to create stunning stacking 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 without the cost! 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 talk about how to work with solid 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 (2-3" is enough for one ring), and 10K or 14K yellow gold solder (hard, medium or easy), or purchase enough for their projects in class-approximately $10 - $30. Optional-1.5 mm round faceted stones. Students may opt to bring solid 14K gold to work with.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivlent.

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Ear Wires: Designing and Making Successful Ear Wires

Tuesday, March 3
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Instructor Jane Martin

$90 + materials

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ear wire design

Course description: This is a one day class that is all about ear wires and making them successfully.  How does an earring hang right? What makes a comfortable ear wire?  Jane will show how to make ear wires several ways in this class. She will also demonstrate how to solder on earposts with some great soldering tips.  Bring problems to be solved.

Materials: tba

Prerequisite: None, All levels are welcome. 

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Cloisonné Enameling

Sat/Sun, March 7 & 8
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$210 + $35 material fee

Instructor Jean Tudor

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cloisonne enamels with jean Tudor

Course description: In cloisonné enamel, fine lines of metal wire create patterns and images.

The patterns are then filled with vibrant colors of glass that is then fused to the surface through firing. In this class Jean will show you how to create a design with wires as well as tricks for how to bend and apply the cloisonné wires. Jean will also show tricks to create patterns with copper mesh, silver foil and gold leaf. Learn the process step by step including how to achieve a matte finish or high polish on the glass surface. You will leave the class with a new creation- a gemlike 'cabochon' suitable for setting in jewelry or metalwork. Students should be able to finish one possibly two projects.

Materials: $35 (paid with tuition) includes enamels, 18g copper shapes (circles, squares and ovals), silver cloisonné wires, silver and gold foil and tools to share.

Optional to bring: fine point watercolor paintbrushes, manicure scissors, fine point tweezers, paper and pencil for designing, or a drawing to work from.

Prerequisite: None!

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Blacksmithing Weekend: Eatonville

Sat/Sun, Mar 7 & 8
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

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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, just 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. Minimum 4 students, maximum 10

Materials: $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.

NEW LOCATION!: Blacksmith Workshop: 32514 36th Ave E, Eatonville  98328

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

March 13, 14 & 15
Friday/ Saturday/Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$345

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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, 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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Bronze Metal Clay

Saturday, March 21
10:30 am -5:00 pm

$95 plus $25 materials fee

Instructor Suz O'Dell

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Course description: Learn the techniques of this amazing material. Suz will show you how to build your ideas in clay and kiln-fire your pieces into finished bronze metal jewelry! Each student will have the opportunity to construct several pieces of their own design. Make earrings, pendants, and clasps. Learn about stone setting techniques and mold making with Bronze Metal Clay. Students are encouraged the bring items with interesting textures to mold onto their bronze clay creations. Almost anything with texture will work: tree bark, feathers, leaves, shells, etc. We will do one firing during class, those pieces will be ready to wear same day! Additional firings will be done by the instructor after the class; the second round of pieces will be available for pick-up at Tacoma Metal Arts Center one week after class.

Materials: $25 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) includes 30 grams Fast Fire Bronze metal clay, findings, CZ's, use of tools. Additional clay will be available for purchase.

Prerequisite: none!

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, March 21 - May 2, no class April 11

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$320 - 8 sessions/ $270 - 6 sessions

(includes $25 materials fee)

Instructor Joni Joachims

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Course description: In this informal class you will learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Joni will help you take your design and teach you to carve your model in wax. Then you will be guided through how to make a mold. Then, replicate your model in sterling silver or ancient bronze using centrifugal casting. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. Upon request the instructor will also cover vacuum casting and making rubber molds of your finished piece so you will have production options for making multiples.

Materials: Students should bring and a dust mask rated P100 or N95 (or purchase at the studio). Students who want to cast in silver should bring sterling casting grain or scrap. Ancient bronze casting grain is included.

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

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Altered Metals: Cold Fusion Techniques and More

Sunday, Mar. 22
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Fee: $75 plus $35 materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Altered Metals Class with Meredith Arnold at TMACAltered Metals Class with meredith arnold at TMAC

Course description - This class is packed with a variety of out-of-the-box techniques for applying color onto metals: explore cold fusion techniques on metal, working with heat curing resins and UV resins, colored pencils, new patina methods and more! Discover creating unique one-of-a-kind resin elements with molds and the beauty of cold fusion color! 

Do you have a torch you have never used? This is the perfect class to get comfortable with some simple and fun torch techniques.

Materials fee: $35 paid to instructor in class- Includes copper, aluminum and brass for projects, as well as in class use of supplies including powdered and UV resins, inks, mica powders, patina products, silicone molding compound, polymer clay, rivets, flux, sounding boards for bench blocks, sandpapers, sealer, latex like gloves, work surfaces.

students should bring: An item to mold about the size of a quarter, Prismacolor brand colored pencils in colors you like (available at http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-colored-pencils/ for a great price!), apron.

Prerequisite: None!

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Making Metal Beads

Sat/Sun, March 28/29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$215

Instructor Jane Martin

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Making metal Beads with Jane Martin

Course description: Learn all about making metal beads and hollow forms while advancing your soldering skills in this fun 2-day class. Learn how to construct hollow metal beads by forming, sinking, dapping, stretching and construction of sheet brass, copper and sterling silver. Wire and openwork techniques will be shown as well as stringing possibilities, linkages and patinas. Student’s soldering and hand skills will be enhanced by making numerous beads beyond just spherical. Jane will also show how to make cubes, free forms and wire beads amoung other shapes.                                                             

Materials included: Copper and brass provided for in class use. Sterling silver may be purchased from studio for class and/or bring what you have.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or previous jewelry soldering experience

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Precious Metal Clay: PMC Rings

Saturday, April 4
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85 plus $40 for materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC Rings

Course description: Rings are a favorite with everyone, fun to make and fun to wear! Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay Rings.  Ruth will show you how to size and assemble a band that will fit after firing. You'll also learn how to build a setting around a faceted stone to set it in the clay and then fire it into place. Keep for yourself or give them as gifts!

Materials: $40 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for 15g PMC3,CZ stones, sizing patty for 1 ring. The instructor will also supply tools to use and all necessary supplies to complete your ring.

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

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NEW!: Enameling: form and color

Sunday, Apr. 5
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$109

Dorin Meinhart

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Course description: Dorin will cover how to do simple forming with dapping punches, fold forming and hydraulic pressing. Then, learn to apply and fire enamels on a three dimensional surface. She will cover several ways to form copper sheet into 3-d forms and then how to apply enamel designs to a complex formed surface.

Materials: Most materials included.  Students should bring an N95 dust mask and paper and pencil for note taking.

Prerequisite:Some enameling experience is helpful

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

April 10, 11, 12 (Easter Sunday)

Friday/ Saturday/Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$345

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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, 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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Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks

Saturday, April 18
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$109

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Course description: There's a reason the flexible shaft drill is indispensable in the jeweler's arsenal of tools. It can be used to sand, polish, drill, hammer, texture, make jump rings, twist wire, set stones, carve wax and much, much more! Not sure what you can do with all those attachments? Jennifer will show you all the time saving tricks the flex shaft can offer in the way of stone setting, sanding, and polishing, including how to achieve different finishes from matte to high shine. Jennifer will show you all the mysteries of the flex shaft and how to make it work for you! Learn all about the maintenance requirements of your new baby, and a wide range of uses that will make it the number one tool in your studio! Jennifer will also discuss options, accessories, different handpieces as well as compare and contrast the different flex shaft brands and similar tools. 

Materials: Bring in your unfinished polishing projects and questions. Optional: bring any attachments you have questions about.

Prerequisites: Beginning jewelry or equivalent

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, April 19
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$109 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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.

Materials: Bring a stone or object to set or purchase one from our assortment. Students should bring $10-$20 to cover the cost of silver.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Champlevé Enamels on silver or copper

Sat/Sun, April 25 & 26
9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Instructor Jesse Bert

$265 + materials kit fee

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.etching adn enamels with Jesse Bert

Course description: Join us for this special class with visiting artist Jesse Bert from San Miguel de Allende! Jesse will demonstrate his technique for Champleve Enamels. Each student will have an electro-etch set up for silver or copper that you can take home after the class. You will learn Jesse's method of obtaining a quick, clean, deep etch in copper or silver. Jesse will then show how to fill the etched recessed areas if the metal with enamels. You will learn kiln enamelling and torch firing in this class.

Materials: $tba approx $80 includes copper and enamels to use in class, plus an electro-etching set up to take home. Additional fee for silver $60 (paid in class, cash/check preferred, CC add 5%)

Students should bring:

- Each student should bring a minimum of 12 designs or photographs which they can use as inspiration for the pieces they design during the class
- spatula, the type which painters use
- a cheap paint brush about 1cm wide used to clean etched pieces
- Very fine paint brush with natural bristles (3/0)
- apron
- x-acto knife
- Sharpie Marker with both fine and wide point
- a simple round plastic paint tray with hollows in it like is used for water color paints
- Paint markers (they must be oil base), one with a wide point and one with a fine point
- A clear round plastic or glass container which holds 1 quart (1000ml) with a large mouth and sealable lid (watertight)

Prerequisite: basic metal working recommended

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Creative and Decorative Bezels

Sat/Sun, May 2 & 3
10:00am - 4:00 pm

$215 + materials

Instructor Jane MartinBy registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

bezel setting class jewelry making

Course Description:  In this class you will learn to go beyond the basic bezel setting and work with specialty wires to create unique and decorative bezel settings. Jane will show step by step how to create the setting, and then how to add different handmade embellishments to your setting. You will also learn how to create different style ring shanks. During this 2 session class, you will learn many jewelry techniques: stamping and wire working, soldering a band ring, and setting a cabochon stone. Jane will even show you a great trick to re-use you scrap silver metal! You will make sterling silver rings or pendants of several types. Students may buy stones from teacher or bring their own.

 Materials: Students should bring stones to work with and various shapes of silver wires and bezel wires and 20 gauge sterling sheet. Alternatively, TMAC will have several different styles of bezels and wires and stones available for sale to students during class. Optional to Bring: decorative edge paper scissors. We have some to share in class, but bring a pair if you already have them. Extra fine point sharpie marker.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equialent and at least one basic bezel class.

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Mitsuro-hikime: A Wax Technique for Casting

Saturday, May 9
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$125

Instructor Susan Zeiss

 

Mitsuro-hikima

Course description: Roughly translated as honey (mitsu) wax (ro) drawing (hiki) texture (me). Of Japanese origin, mitsuro-hikime is a pliable sculpting wax which behaves like taffy and develops a unique linear pattern. A pioneer in the rediscovery of this method, Susan will show you tricks and tips on how to best work with this wax to develop the texture and form it into uniquely fluid forms. Most effective in simple designs, mitsuro-hikime will bend, and curl, giving fantastic surface detail and a wonderful fluid quality. Susan will demonstrate spruing methods and share her recommendations for casting. You will also learn Susan's formula for mitsuro-hikime and participate in making a batch of the wax during the class.

Students will be able to design pieces in the wax during class and take some wax home to continue working with. These waxes can then be transformed into silver, bronze or gold jewelry using the lost-wax casting method. NOTE: this class will not cover the casting process, just working the wax.

Materials:Students should bring small tupperware style container to transport waxes after class, x-acto knife. Also, if available, bring a hot wax pen and wax carving ring mandrel on a stand. Some are provided to share during class. The instructor will distribute CD's with all the class information instead of a paper handout. If you prefer to have a copy on a flash drive, please bring one to the class.

Prerequisite: Students should have some familiarity with the casting process. Minimum six students.

 

Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

May 22, 23, 24

Friday/Saturday/Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$345

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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, 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.

Casting Intensive

Sat/Sun May 30 & 31
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$215 plus $15 material fee

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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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 Fee: includes most materials, N95 dustmask and ancient bronze casting grain. Student who wish to work in sterling silver should bring clean silver scrap or casting grain.

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

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