Offering instruction in metalsmithing and jewelry making
At Tacoma Metal Arts Center you can design and create unique jewelry and small-scale sculpture. Our expert instruction will help you develop the skills to make the jewelry that you have only imagined. The majority of classes offered at TMAC are techniques oriented, rather than project oriented. What that means: our students make individualized projects and our instructors are able to help them succeed in any direction they wish to go. Whether you come to class full of ideas or with no ideas, you will leave with your own unique creation! The small class size, generally limited to eight students, means you will get the one on one instruction you need to succeed!
What the students say:
"Playing with metal and playing with fire - this is so fun! ~Darleen
"This place is so cool-they have open studio, and you can use all of the tools at the works stations" ~ Alicia
"Very fun, I learned so much and can't wait to practice!"
"Great job, nice balance of student work time and demonstrations of new techniques." ~ Brian
Featured Classes & Events
Ancient and Easy Chains
Saturday, March 8
10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse
Course description: This class will cover everything from traditional chains to stepping outside of the box to create unusual links. A wide range of chain styles will be demonstrated including cold-connected, woven, and soldered link chains.
The basic chains require only wire and basic hand tools. We will start the day with chains that do not require solder or heat: Egyptian spiral, Viking Knit, and wire-wrapped links with beads. Learn to use pliers, basic hammering, wire forming and weaving, to create beautiful, flexible chains from different gauges of wire. Next, we will work with a torch to solder links to create loop in loop chain, cable chain, and chains of artisitc free form links. Jennifer will also show how to make your own jump rings hand finishing. Work time will be spent on samples of chain styles in base metals (copper, brass, bronze) but students are welcome to finish samples with purchased silver. No experience necessary!
Materials: Copper and brass provided, or students may bring silver in 18g-22g round wire
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