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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Prong Settings    
Dates Sat,Sun June 22,23 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $235
Cloisonne Enameling    
Dates Sat,Sun July 6,7 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $245
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun July 13,14 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Sa,Su,M Aug.31, Sept 1,2 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 Sessions $325
Raku- Fired Enamels    
Dates Sat,Sun Aug. 10,11 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $225

 

All Classes and Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Introduction to Jewelry Casting Sat in session thru - July 13 5:30pm - 8:30pm $320.00
Intermediate: Prong Settings Sat,Sun June 22,23 10:00am - 5:00pm $235.00
PMC Metal Clay Tiny House Charms Sat, June 29 10:00am - 4:00pm $80.00
Sticks and Stones Sun, June 30 10:00am - 4:00pm $100.00
Cloisonne Enameling Sat,Sun July 6,7 10:00am - 5:00pm $245.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sat, July 13 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun July 13,14 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, July 14 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Stacking Golden Rings Sat, July 20 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Stone Setting: Tubes and Prongs Sun, July 21 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Sea Glass Jewelry Sat, Aug. 3 10:30am - 3:00pm $85.00
Digital Marketing Sun, Aug. 4 10:00am - 3:00pm $85.00
Raku- Fired Enamels Sat,Sun Aug. 10,11 10:00am - 5:00pm $225.00
New: PMC Freeform Stone Setting Sat, Aug. 17 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Keum-boo: Gold Overlay on Silver Sat, Aug 24 10:30am - 3:00pm $65.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sa,Su,M, Aug 31,Sept 1,2 10:00am - 5:00pm $325.00

All Classes- Full Descriptions- listed chronologically

 

Intermediate Jewelry: Prong Settings for Cabochons and freeforms

Intensive- 2 days

June 22 & 23
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$235 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse-last minute cancellation- one spot still open!

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learn stone setting jwelry making

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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PMC Tiny House Charms:
Hobbitats and Fairy Homes

Saturday, June 29
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$80 plus $60 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC

Course description: Who doesn’t love tiny little homes to hold our imagination, and tiny friends!  This Precious Metal Silver project has many ‘hidden’ construction secrets housed inside the designing and making of these sweet little homes. They make the cutest charms, pendants or earrings! Design them to remember a wonderful magical trip or to house a new fairy friend!
With 25g of PMC3 each student should be able to build at least 3 to 4 pieces depending on the size. 

Materials: Purchased from the instructor in class(Cash or check only please): Silver Clay kit: $60 PMC+ 25g clay, or Kit fee $10 if supplying your own PMC3 clay. 

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

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Sticks and stones and setting bones

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

$100

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Stick and Stones

Course description: In this informal workshop experimentation will be the theme!  Jennifer will show you exciting new possibilities for adding unusual materials into your jewelry and artwork.   Learn to use diamond burs and other accessories for the flex shaft to carve, shape and modify stones, shells, glass, ceramics, enamels, bones, cabochons, almost anything!  Once you've made adaptations and modifications to your materials, Jennifer will help you incorporate them into jewelry or sculpture. Learn to use cold connection methods and which types of adhesives are appropriate for what materials. Safety issues of working with these materials will be addressed as well.  Bring your treasures and unusual finds and be ready for inspiration! Each student will be given a diamond bur set to use during class and to take home with them.

Materials: Students should bring any and all unusual materials and found objects they would like to learn to work with. Copper and brass provided, students may bring silver to work with if they wish.

Prerequisite: Basic metalsmithing skills or beginning jewelry.

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Cloisonné Enameling

Sat/Sun July 6 & 7
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus $45 materials

Instructor Jean Tudor

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Cloisonne Enameling

Course description: In cloisonné enamel, fine lines of silver wire create patterns and images. The patterns are then filled with vibrant colors of glass 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 how to create patterns with mesh and silver foil and gold leaf. Learn the process step by step including how to achieve a matte finish or a 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 easily finish one or two projects (and possibly a third!).

Materials fee: $45 (collected with tuition) includes enamels, 18g copper shapes, cloisonné wires, silver foil and gold leaf, and tools to share.

Optional to bring: fine point watercolor paintbrushes, manicure scissors, fine point tweezers, paper and pencil for designing.

Prerequisite: None

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, July 13 & 14
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.

Location:1207 Martin Luther King, Tacoma 98405

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

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

$100

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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

Sunday, July 14
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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Stacking Golden Rings

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

$100 plus materials

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

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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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Stone Setting: Creative Stone Setting with Tubes and Prongs

Sunday, July 21
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115

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

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Stone Setting Tubes and Prongs

Course description: Ready to explore some interesting stone setting options? Then this class is for you! Jennifer will demonstrate a variety of simple stone settings that look complicated. Learn how to use tubing to create glorious prong settings for round or square gems! Jennifer will also demonstrate how to create gorgeous flared tube settings, and glamorous crown settings. These techniques are perfect for adding a bit of dazzling flash and details to a ring, earrings or necklaces, using faceted or cabochon stones! Even if you've never set a stone before you can take this class.

Materials: Includes silver tube and cubic zirconium stones. Additional silver available for purchase. Optional: bring a ring or other pieces to solder your settings onto.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry class. Students should have some experience sawing and soldering.

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Sea Glass Jewelry: Wire Wrapping and more...

Saturday, Aug. 3
10:30am - 3:00 pm

$75 + $10 materials

Instructor Jane Martin

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sea glass wire wrapped

Course Description:  This is a great class for absolute beginners or continuing students. Turn all your beach combing treasures into beautiful jewelry! First, Jane will show how to use different pliers and other jewelry tools to make a wire wrapped pendant. Then learn to drill holes with diamond bits for more ornate creations. Jane will even show how to sleeve the hole with copper for a unique look! Do you have a drawer full of souvenir treasures that you have saved for years? Join us for this fun introductory class and learn how to make it into jewelry!

Materials: $10 fee includes diamond burs, copper and sterling wire. Bring all your beachcombing treasures beach rocks and shells will work too!

Prerequisite:None! This class is great for absolute beginners and intermediate students.

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NEW: Digital Marketing: The Art Part

Sunday, August 4
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$85

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Digital marketing tips with meredith arnold at TMAC

Course description:   A picture is worth 1000 words, right?  Learn how to quickly create stunning visuals to capture attention for anything you want whether it's an event, your art work or a special cause.    Discover a virtual graphic designer in a box!  Capture your audience’s attention just by doing something so fun that it all feels like play.  No previous experience is required except for a basic understanding of using a computer mouse or mobile device and your desire to learn something new.  Bring your own mobile device or bring just note taking materials and expect maximum fun and lots of content in this class.  

Materials: Bring your own mobile device or bring just note taking materials and expect maximum fun and lots of content in this class.

Prerequisite: none, this is a class for students of all levels of experience and all types of artists.

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Experimental Enameling: Raku-fired Enamels

Sat/Sun August 10 & 11

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$225 plus $30 materials fee

Instructor Jean Tudor

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Jean Tudor Raku Enameling

Course description: Simply stated, the enameling raku process parallels the clay raku process with some adjustments made for the differences in the materials. Experimenting with raku-fired enameling and the use of vibrant color is an exciting process. The random, unpredictable results of the raku are beautifully colored! In this class you will learn a different--or more literally, an extended--enamel firing technique. The raku-firings process is thrilling; hot enamels are plunged into burning leaves or pine needles to create lovely glassy, metallic-luster surfaces.  Jean will show the raku firing process using leaves, pine needles and wet paper to get special metallic effects. We will study how these dynamic pieces are best used, whether as stand alone works or as background for other enamels. Learn to incorporate this unpredictable process into your work with beautiful results.

Materials: $30 fee paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for copper (3 tiles - 4x4" 18g and 1 small round dish - 3 1/2" diameter x 1/2" deep) and enamels used during class. Students should bring a bag lunch both days. Optional to bring are additional misc. copper shapes of 18g sheet.

Prerequisite: None, but enameling experience is helpful

Location: This class will be held at the instructor's Edgewood, WA studio (about 12 miles east of Tacoma) The exact address provided with registration.

 

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NEW: Precious Metal Clay: PMC Freeform Stone Setting

Saturday, August 17
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$85 plus $65 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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Freeform Stone setting in PMC

Course description:  The majority of cabochons can not be fired in the Precious Metal Clay.  This class will show you how to create settings to accommodate those stones and to have the freedom to use wonderful freeform stones, sea shells and other interesting pieces that would be destroyed in the firing process.
Students should bring a flat back cabochon freeform shape, or a shell that is not too thick.  If not sure, bring several to choose from or see Amy’s selection of fine stones.

Materials:. $65 fee paid to instrucor in class (cash/check preferred) includes two 15g packages PMC3 clay, the use of all tools to finish pendant.

Prerequisite: At least one class working with PMC

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Keum-boo: Gold Overlay on Silver

Saturday, August 24
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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

August 31, Sept. 1 & 2 (Labor Day)
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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Spinner Rings

Saturday, Sept. 7
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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Classical Wire Wrapping

Saturday, Sept. 14
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$70 plus $25 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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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 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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Bezel Setting Workshop

Oct.
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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

Oct.18, 19 & 20
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$325

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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