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All Classes and Workshops:

       
Bronze Metal Clay Sat. July 11 10:30am - 4:30pm $95.00
Prong Setttings -ONLINE ZOOM CLASS Sat,Sun. July 11,12-online 12:noon - 3:00pm $90.00
Blacksmithing Weekend in Eatonville Sat,Sun. July 11,12 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun. July 17,18,19 10:00am - 5:00pm $345.00
Champleve Enamels on Silver & Copper Sat,Sun. July 25,26 10:00am - 6:00pm $320.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun. August 2 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Tube Setting Workshop Sat. August 8 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Five Golden Rings Sun. August 9 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Metal Clay Rings Sat. August 15 10:30am - 4:30pm $85.00
Ear Wires Sun. August 16 10:00am - 4:00pm $95.00
Forging Jewelry Forms Sat. August 22 10:00am - 5:00pm $125.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Sat,Sun,Mon. Aug. 29,30,31 10:00am - 5:00pm $345.00
Making Metal Beads Two Sundays Sept. 20 & 27 10:00am - 4:00pm $215.00

 

Classes- Full Descriptions-listed chronologically

6/27/2020: we are watching the situation closely. As WA state begins to reopen we are holding small classes, maximum 4-5 students (for now). This allows for social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

Bronze Metal Clay

Saturday, July 11
10:30 am -4:30 pm

$95

Instructor Suz O'Dell

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

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full/ max 4, please email for the wait list

jewelry classes

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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Zoom Classroom:

Prong Settings for Unusual Stones

Online Zoom class

July 11 & 12
Saturday, Sunday
12:00 Noon- 3:00 pm both days (pacific time)

$90 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Registration cut-off Friday 5pm

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

choose one option

Course description: In this class students will hone their soldering, fabrication and finishing skills while learning stone setting techniques. Jennifer will cover how to create various prong settings from wire for faceted or cabochon stones as well as unusual stone shapes and found objects. She will also share her tips and tricks for soldering success.Learn great ways to use the flex shaft for setting, finishing and more! Because this class is online,  ideally students will have their own studio set up. However, students wishing to just observe and learn are welcome to join! Be sure to register by Friday at 5pm so we can e-mail you the info.

materials kit (OPTIONAL) from TMAC $30 includes shipping

includes most of wires Jennifer will use, but you can just play with whatever copper, brass and silver wires that you have on hand. This is not required for the class...

18ga round sterling dead soft wire - 1ft

16ga round sterling dead soft wire -ft

20ga round sterling ½ hard wire - 1 ft

1x3” rectangle wire - 6"

16ga square sterling wire - 1ft

16ga half-round wire -1ft

2 random cabochon cut stones

add silver solder H,M,E +$5

add USPS priority mail shipping +$5

Other OPTIONAL material and tools:A full list of tools and materials jennifer will use in the demos is in the handout, which will be e-mail upon registration, or, can be found here. Please note, this is not a requirement.                                                                            

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry Skills

***We will send participants an e-mail invite to join the class as well as handouts, sent to your PayPal e-mail address. if you do not receive please check your spam folder, or notify us to resend***

 

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Blacksmithing Weekend in Eatonville

Sat/Sun, July 11/12
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

max 5, to allow for social distancing

Blacksmith classes

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. maximum 5 students until we enter phase 3.

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: Eatonville, WA  98328, complete address provided upon registration

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

July 17, 18, 19

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

$345

Instructor Amy Reeves full/ max 4, please email for the wait list

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

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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Champlevé Enamels on silver or copper

rescheduled from April 25 & 26

Sat/Sun, July 25/26

10:00 am- 6:00 pm

Instructor Jesse Bert

$320 + materials kit fee

full max 6 By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

 

.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 Champlevé 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 enameling 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 seal able lid (watertight)

-a large serving spoon for mixing the etchant

-digital caliper if available (TMAC has a few to share)

Prerequisite: basic metal working recommended

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Blacksmithing Weekend in Eatonville

Sat/Sun, Aug. 1 & 2
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

max 5, to allow for social distancing

Blacksmith classes

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. maximum 5 students until we enter phase 3.

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: Eatonville, WA  98328, complete address provided upon registration

Prerequisite: None

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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sun, August, 2
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

full/ max 4, please email for the wait list

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

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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Tube Setting

Sat, August 8

10am - 5pm

$115 includes materials

full/ max 4, please email for the wait list

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

learn to flush set stones online jewelry classes at TMAC

Course description: Ready to explore some interesting stone setting options? Learn how to use tubing to create tiny bezel settings for round faceted gems! These techniques are perfect for adding a bit of dazzling flash and details to a ring, earrings or necklaces. Even if you've never set a stone before you can take this class.

Prerequisite: Students should have some experience sawing and soldering.

Basic kit:

3 (or more)- 3mm faceted round CZ stones $1

1 - 3mm setting bur $3

Appropriate sterling tube 1" length $4 (12" available from Rio # 100452, OR 100954)

pin vise $6 (RIO # 113927)

1 foot of 20 gauge silver wire

beeswax & parts tray $1

Optional extra tools

cut lube, bur life or similar add $6 (available from TMAC)

Jett Sett thermo setting plastic add $3 (available from TMAC)

other optional tools

tube burnisher set $62

various polishers

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Five Golden Rings

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

$115 plus materials

full/ max 4, please email for the wait list

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

Five Gold Rings at TMAC

Course description: Learn to use gold-filled wire and solid gold wire to create stunning stacking rings. Demos include 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! We 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 equivalent.

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PMC: Precious Metal Clay Rings

Saturday, August 15
10:30 am -4:30 pm

$85 plus $55 materials

Instructor Suz O'Dell

class is full, please e-mail for the wait list

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

pmc ringsfire stone in place ring

Course description: Learn the techniques of this amazing material. Suz will show you how to build your ideas in silver clay and kiln-fire your pieces into finished silver metal rings! Students will be able to make two or three rings during this class. Learn about firing stones in place and mold making with Precious Metal Clay. 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: $55 paid to instructor in class (cash/check preferred) includes one 25 gram package of PMC+, class handout, embeddable CZs, slip jar, sandpaper,  and use of texture mats and tool kit during class.

Prerequisite: none!

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Ear Wires

Sun August 16 (Make-up from March 3 class)
10:00am - 4:00 pm

$90 includes materials

Instructor Jane Martin

4 students max to allow for social distancing

Registration begins early July please email for the preferred list

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

ear wire class with Jane martin Jewelry 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?  We will make ear wires several ways this day.  Bring problems to be solved

Materials included: 20 gauge round wire
24 inches of sterling silver and 24 inches of copper

Prerequisite: Beginner level

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Forging Jewelry Forms

Saturday, August 22
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$125 includes materials

Instructor Julia LowtherBy registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

full/ max 4, please email for the wait list

fogred jewelry

Course description: Forging is a great way to add dimension and detail to your work. Discover the secret to hot- twisting brass rods like silly putty and form them into an elegant cuff bracelet. Julia will also show you how to make a beautiful forged silver ribbon and twirl it into a chic ring.  You'll learn to do basic jewelry magic (aka: forging, shaping, sawing and soldering) in this fun short class. When friends exclaim over your lovely new jewelry, they'll be impressed with both your taste AND your new skills! If you have never used a torch before, this is an excellent class to start with. The instructor will be with you every step of the way.

Materials: included: 4" 10 gauge sterling wire, bronze rod for projects.

Prerequisite: None, all levels welcome. Suitable for absolute beginners.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

August 29, 30, 31
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$345

full/ max 4, please email for the wait list

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

Beginning Jewelry Jewlry Making Class

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. You will learn 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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Blacksmithing Weekend in Eatonville

Sat/Sun, Sept. 12/13
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

$300 plus $60 materials

Instructor Mike Mathewson

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

max 5, to allow for social distancing

Blacksmith classes

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. maximum 5 students until we enter phase 3.

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: Eatonville, WA  98328, complete address provided upon registration

Prerequisite: None

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Making Metal Beads

Two Sundays

Sept. 20 & 27

10:00am - 4:00 pm

$215

Instructor Jane Martin

full

max 4, to allow for social distancing

By registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

beads and 3-d forms

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 (aka doming), 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 among 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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