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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Beg. Jewelry/ Metalsmithing    
Dates Wed. Jan.23 - Feb. 27 Times 6:00pm - 9:00pm Fee 6 Sessions $225
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun, Jan. 25,26,27 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 Sessions $325
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun, Feb. 2,3 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $300
Interm. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun Feb. 16,17 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $215
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun March 1,2,3 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 Sessions $325
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun,Mon, April 13,14,15 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 Sessions $325

 

All Classes and Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Intermediate Jewelry:Prong Setting Sat,Sun, Feb. 16,17 10:00am - 5:00pm $235.00
Wire Wrapping Sat, Feb 23 10:00am - 4:00pm $70.00
Niello Inlay Sun, Feb 24 10:00am - 4:00pm $100.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun, March 1,2,3 10:00am - 5:00pm $325.00
Spinner Ring Sat. March 9 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Resins and Rivets Sun. March 10 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Bronze Metal Clay Sat. March 16 10:30am - 4:30pm $95.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun. March 17 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
YouTubes! Sat. March 23 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks Sun. March 24 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Molten Magic Sat. March 30 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun. March 31 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sat,Sun,Mon, April 13,14,15 10:00am - 5:00pm $325.00
Metal Etching Made Easy Sat. April 20 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
PMC Connections Sun. April 21 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Rivets for Metal Jewelry Sat. April 27 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Jewelry Photography Sun. April 28 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00

All Classes- Full Descriptions- listed chronologically

 

Intermediate Jewelry: Prong Settings for Unusual Stones

Intensive- 2 days

Feb. 16/17

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

$235 includes materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse**Class is full, Please email to be placed on the waitlist**

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Course description: If you've taken the beginning class and want to improve on your skills then this course is for you! Intermediate Jewelry/Metals allows students to hone their soldering, fabrication and finishing skills while learning stone setting techniques. Jennifer will cover how to create various prong settings from wire for setting faceted or cabochon stones as well as unusual stone shapes and found objects. She will also share her tips and tricks for soldering success. You will also learn great ways to use the flex shaft for setting, finishing and more! Small class size of only eight students ensures plenty of one on one instruction.

Materials: Included: Copper and sterling wire in 20-16 gauge round, square and half-round wire and 20 - 16 gauge copper and brass sheet. Bring your own stones or choose from our assortment.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

 

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Classical Wire Wrapping

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

$70 plus $30 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening**Class is full, Please email to be placed on the waitlist**By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

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 (maybe two) gorgeous pendant that you can wear home!

Materials: $30 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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Step into the past - Niello Inlay

Sunday, Feb. 24
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$90 + $10 for niello powder

Instructor Micki Lippe **Class is full, for those who need to purchase niello powder in class**

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Niello Workshop

 Course description: Niello is a deep black alloy, used to fill recesses as decoration on gold, silver and bronze. This process looks great on silver work because of the stark contrast between the silver and the Niello. The finest engraved line or stamped design can be filled with the Niello, meaning complex designs can be produced creating a black design against the metal base. This workshop will focus on learning the basic Niello technique. While similar in appearance to black enamel, it is metal, not glass. The earliest Niello pieces are from Ancient Egypt, the practice continued through the middle ages and right up to the present. Since there are health risks associated with making Niello we will use prepared Niello powder to work with in class. The hazard lies in making the Niello, not in it's application. No longer allowed to be imported to the US, this may be your last chance to experience the ancient technique of Niello Inlay!

Materials to bring:

Pen/Pencil
Sketchbook
Fine Point Sharpie or other marker that marks on metal

Sterling Silver - minimum of 3" x 3" in 24ga, 22ga or 20ga

Stamps and small punches
Emory paper (black carbon silicon)- 220 and 320 grit,
Two Small jars with lids (film canisters will do also)
one small paint brush
Samples of current work

Prerequisite: Basic soldering, sawing/cutting and filing skills.

Optional tools to bring:

  • Two coarse files (one small & one large) that will be dedicated for use with Niello only (or share one of ours).
  • Scraper (or share ours)
  • Each student will be provided with a set of tools to use during class. If you prefer to bring your own tools we will be using: saw frame and blades #2/0 or #3/0, metal shears, pliers: needle nose, chain nose, flat and combination flat and half/round. Students who have their own niello are welcome to bring it.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

March 1, 2 & 3
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Instructor Amy Reeves

$325

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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. The instructor 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, 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 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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Spinner Rings

Saturday, March 9
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Spinner rings class at TMAC

Course description: In this fun, fast paced workshop you will make a spinner ring with one or more revolving spinner rings Learn to shape, solder, texture and patina silver to create beautiful rings of your own design. We will learn to make a wide fashion band and one or more smaller spinner rings. The instructor will also show how to mount bezel cups and embellish with small cabochon stones.

Materials included: Students should bring about $5 - $20 to spend on silver projects, or bring silver of various gauges of wire and 18-20 gauge sheet. We will work with 3mm - 5mm round bezel cups for cabochon stones. Bring your own or purchase at the studio.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry is recommended

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Resins and Rivets: Cold Fusion Techniques

Sunday, March 10
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 incorporating resins into your metal designs. In this class you will explore cold fusion techniques on metal by working with heat curing resins and UV resins. Meredith will also share her tricks for no fuss, fool-proof rivets. Discover how to create one of a kind resin focal points and explore making resin papers, dangles and windows in this class.  Riveting expands the possibilities for one-of-a-kind bails, added embellishments and creating window vignettes with resin.  Capture your imagination in resin!

Materials fee: $35 paid to instructor in class- Includes materials 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.

Additional to purchase: Meredith will have bezel cups available for $1 each

Optional to bring: An item to mold about the size of a quarter,

Prerequisite: None!

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Bronze Metal Clay

Saturday, March 16
10:30 am -4:30 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 makingwith 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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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, March 17
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves**Class is full, Please email to be placed on the waitlist**

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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. You will be able to finish a ring or pendant.

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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YouTubes!

Saturday, March 23
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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YOuTubes Jewelry workshop with Jennifer Stenhouse

Course description: Learn to use the simple shape of a tube as a starting point for all kinds of projects. Start with a manufactured tube and save time in making containers, beads, stone settings and more! Jennifer will show you how to make unique shapes by folding, bending, crimping and crumpling tubes. Learn to bend tubing to make simple and elegant hoop earrings, as well as bracelets and necklaces! By starting with tubing you will save on materials cost, because the tubing is hollow. Also, this makes your jewelry very lightweight. We will work with round, square and rectangle tubing as a starting point and you will discover all sorts of cool things you can do with tubes!

Materials: Copper and brass provided, or students may opt to bring silver to work with.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent.

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Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks

Sunday, March 24
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$100

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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Molten Magic

Saturday, March 30
10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$85 plus $30 materials fee

Instructor Ruth Greening

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Molten Magic Pendant by Ruth Greening

Course description: Learn to create beautiful texture by combining molten silver with copper sheet.  Ruth will show you how to cut a shape from copper sheet for your project, then you will cover it with texture through the molten magic of melted silver!  The result is a wonderfully rich surface texture of ridges and waves.  Then, you will learn how to apply an iridescent patina with a torch by flame painting the surface.  Ruth will also show you how to make a beautiful silver chain to hang it from. Students can expect to finish pendant and start on the chain during class, or 2-3 molten magic pieces.

Materials: $30 paid to instructor (cash/check only please) includes several pieces of copper, silver for melting and sterling wire and jump rings for a 20" chain.

Prerequisite: None, but students should be comfortable with a butane torch

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, March 31
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100

Instructor Amy Reeves**Class is full, Please email to be placed on the waitlist**

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Course description: A great starter class for absolute beginners. Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Amy will cover many metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, soldering and texturing.  Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, and rolling mill.  No prior jewelry experience is necessary, students of all levels are welcome. 

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

Prerequisite: none

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Saturday, April 6
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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 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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Classical Wire Wrapping

Sunday, April 7
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$70 plus $30 materials

Instructor Ruth GreeningBy registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

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 (maybe two) gorgeous pendant that you can wear home!

Materials: $30 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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

April 13, 14 & 15
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$325

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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learn to make jewelry classes at tacoma metal arts

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. Jenifer 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 sudents 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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Metal Etching Made Easy

Saturday, April 20
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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PMC Connections: Silver Clay and Copper Sheet

Sunday, April 21 (Easter)
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 plus $45 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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Combine PMC with sheet metal

Course description: In this class you will learn how to work with copper sheet metal and silver precious metal clay! Ruth will start by showing how to work with the sheet: cutting, texturing and forming.  Then, she will show how to work with the metal clay :  you will learn proper handling, texturing, finishing and how to torch fire your piece.
The next step is learning about riveting and cold connections.  This involves the proper way to drill holes or cut tabs to secure the two pieces into one beautiful work of wearable art. Ruth will also show you how to polish and add an oxidized patina for depth and contrast.

Materials Fee:  $45 kit fee paid to instructor in class (cash/check preferred) 15g PMC3 metal clay, copper sheet, rivets and use of all tools needed to make and finish your project.

Materials to bring(optional):  A cord or chain to wear finished piece home

Prerequisite: None

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Rivets for Metal Jewelry

Saturday, April 27
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100

Instructor Glenda Dixon

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learn 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 or equivalent. Students should know how to saw and file.

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Jewelry (and Small Object) Photography for Non-Photographers

Sunday, April 28
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$90 + $15 materials

Instructor Julia Harrison

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How to take great jewelry pictures- jewelry photography with Julia Harrison

Course description: Whether you're presenting, applying, publishing, or posting, your work is only as good as your documentation.  This workshop focuses on simple strategies for taking consistently strong pictures:  managing light and shadows using cheap, portable diffusers and reflectors; staging still life photos and working with models; developing a personal and appropriate style; and using accessible software to refine your images.  

Materials: Bring a digital camera you're familiar with (or smartphone with camera) and samples of your jewelry or other small objects. $15 material fee paid to instructor in class (cash/check only please) covers a small kit of background material, diffuser and reflector that you will take home after the class.

Prerequisite: none, open to all levels

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Casting Intensive

Sat/Sun May 11& 12
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$225

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 lost wax 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, or silver 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. Students 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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NEW: Rapid Repoussé

Saturday, May 18
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115 (includes $15 for materials)

Instructor Glenda Dixon

Course description: Learn to create quick and easy relief in thin sheet metal using minimal tools. Unlike traditional repousse, Glenda will show you how to make relief designs in sheet metal using small hand tools. In this class you can make a decorative tile, plaque, or other ornamental item. Bring an image of your choice or use one of ours, and learn to coax wonderfully complex dimension out of thin sheet metal.
Copper will be provided, students may bring fine silver sheet in 20 gauge to work with if they wish. No experience necessary; continuing students are encouraged and welcome.

Materials: fee covers copper and aluminum, tool kit and embossing pad to take home.

Prerequisite: none, open to all levels

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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, May 18 - July 13 (no class June 15)

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$320 - 8 sessions/ $270 - 6 sessions

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 sterling casting grain or scrap and a dust mask rated P100 or N95. Ancient bronze casting grain is included.

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