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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Aug 31, Sept. 1,2 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $325
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Sept. 15,16 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
IntermediateJewelry:StoneSetting    
Dates Sat,Sun Sept. 22,23 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $235
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Oct. 6,7 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Oct. 12,13,14 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $325
Intro. to Jewelry Casting    
Dates Saturdays Oct. 20 - Dec 15 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $320/ 6 sessions $270
Hinges & Mechanisms Workshop    
Dates Sat,Sun Oct. 27,28 Times 10:00am - 4:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $225
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Nov. 3,4 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $300
Filigree Techniques    
Dates Sat,Sun Nov. 10,11 Times 10:00am - 4:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $245
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Dec. 8,9 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 Sessions $300

 

All Classes and Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Bronze Metal Clay Sat, Aug 18 10:30am - 5:00pm $95.00
Molten Magic Sat, Aug 25 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks Sun, Aug 26 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Aug. 31, Sept 1,2 10:00am - 5:00pm $325.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat, Sun Sept. 15,16 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
PMC Earring Workshop Sat, Sept. 15 10:00am - 3:00pm $70.00
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sun, Sept. 16 10:00am - 5:30pm $100.00
Intermediate Jewelry: Prong Setting Sat,Sun Sept.22,23 10:00am - 5:00pm $235.00
iPad & Tablets for an Art Business Sat, Sept. 29 10:00am - 3:00pm $85.00
Colored Pencil on Copper Sun, Sept. 30 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Seattle Metals Guild Symposium Sat, Oct 6    
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat, Sun Oct. 6,7 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Oct. 12,13,14 10:00am - 5:00pm $325.00
Intro. to Jewelry Casting Saturdays Oct. 20 - Dec. 15 4:30pm - 7:30pm $320.00
Cuttlefish Bone Casting Sat, Oct. 20 10:00am - 4:00pm $100.00
Connections: Chain and Clasp Design Sun, Oct. 21 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Hinges and Mechanisms Workshop Sat, Sun Oct. 27,28 10:00am - 4:00pm $225.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat, Sun Nov. 3,4 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Color on Metal Sat, Nov. 3 10:00am - 3:30pm $75.00
Filigree Techniques Sat, Sun Nov. 10,11 10:00am - 4:00pm $245.00
Precious Metal Clay: PMC 960 Rings Sun, Nov. 18 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat, Sun Dec. 8,9 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Five Golden Rings Sun, Dec. 9 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Viking Knit Chain Workshop Sun, Dec. 16 10:00am - 3:00pm $tba

All Classes- Full Descriptions- listed chronologically

 

 

Experimental Enameling: Raku-fired Enamels

Sat/Sun August 18 & 19

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$225 plus $30 materials fee

Instructor Jean Tudor

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Jean Tudor Raku Enameling

 

 

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Bronze Metal Clay

Saturday, August 18
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. You will 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. Suz will also show stone setting techniques and mold making. 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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Molten Magic

Saturday, August 25
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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Flex Shaft Tips & Tricks

Sunday, August 26
10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$90

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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & 2
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$325

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse-*class is full, please e-mail to be placed on a wait list*

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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, 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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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Sept. 15 & 16
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. Maximum 10 students.

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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Precious Metal Clay: PMC Earring Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 15
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$70 plus $45 materials fee payable to instructor

Instructor Ruth Greening

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Pmc Earring- precious metal clay

Course description:  How many pairs of earrings can you make from 20 grams of PMC? Find out in this hands on introduction to Precious Metal Clay.You have heard about PMC for so long, well now is the time to find out what the excitement is all about! This quick intro class will let you get your fingers on the most amazing silver in the world: Precious Metal Clay! You will learn how to form, texture, dry and fire your piece.  Ruth will also show you how to introduce wire to the clay to form decorative and useful elements. Come and learn the flexibility and versatility of PMC!

Materials: $45 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for sterling silver wire, 20g PMC+ clay. Instructor will provide tools to use during class, firing and finishing.

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

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Sunday, Sept. 16
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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beginning jewelry workshop

Course description: A great starter class for absolute beginners. Learn to design and make your own jewelry step by step!  Jennifer 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. 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. 

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

Prerequisite: none

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Intermediate Jewelry: Prong Settings for Unusual Stones

Intensive- 2 days

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

$235 includes materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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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. Copper and brass provided for in class use.

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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iPad and Tablets for an Art Business

Saturday, September 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$85

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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ipad and tables for business

Course description: Now the power is in your hands, literally, and you can take it with you.  Mobile devices are incredibly powerful and offer easy access to creating art, sketching ideas, producing PR materials from postcards and ads to short videos, as well as run your creative business.  Knowing the abilities of these devices and what to look for is half the battle.  Discover how these devices can help you do the work of many in short order leaving you more time to create.  Class material covers useful apps and how to use them along with tricks and tips.  

Materials: Bring examples of your current work and an iPad or tablet to follow along

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

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Colored Pencil on Copper

Sunday, September 30
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 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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Special Event: The SMG Symposium!!

Saturday, Oct. 6

 

sign up at the SMG website:

https://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/programs/symposium/

This is not a course or event affiliated with TMAC, we just want you to know about it!

Every year the Seattle Metals Guild puts on a Metals and Jewelry Symposium, a great day of inspiring speakers, auction benefit and book sale....more info on the Seattle Metals Guild website:

https://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/programs/symposium/

 

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Oct. 6 & 7
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. Maximum 10 students.

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/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

October 12, 13 & 14
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$325

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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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, 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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Introduction to Jewelry Casting

Saturdays, Oct. 20 - Dec 15 (no class Dec. 1)
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

$295 - 8 sessions/ $245 - 6 sessions

plus $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 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.

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Cuttlefish Bone Casting: Beyond Texture

Saturday, October 20
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Cuttlefish Bone Casting

Course description: Cuttlefish bone casting is an ancient means of creating a cast object. This method is an easy, low tech way to create cast jewelry without all the equipment needed for lost wax casting. The low cost and convenience make it a great solution for the small studio. Discover the immediacy of casting with cuttlefish bone, the texture it can create, and how to use it to create multiples by making simple models. Learn hands on how to carve the cuttlefish to create a mold for the direct casting of silver or bronze. You will also learn how to create a three part mold for the 3-dimensional casting of a ring with a stone setting, links, ingots as well as casting jewelry with stones in place. A great way to use your scrap silver scrap and turn it into new jewelry, cuttlefish casting is fun, fast and affordable!

Materials Included: bronze casting grain and brass jump rings, brass wire, cuttlefish bones for carving

Materials Students Should Bring:

  • - Sterling silver scrap or casting grain, ½ - 1oz
  • -N95 dust mask
  • - Small cabochons and faceted stones if you wish
  • - Small soft paint brush
  • - Dental tools or sharp little carving tools
  • - X-acto knife
  • - personal jewelry tools and kit

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

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Connections - Chains and Clasps

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

$100

Instructor Micki Lippe

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Bead Workshop

Course description: Learn to design and create your own chains and clasps with award winning jewelry artist Micki Lippe. Micki will show you a variety of different ways to make handmade chain links and clasps from wire or sheet metal. The class will begin with exercises to jumpstart the creative process, after which you will complete different chain samples or one finished chain (you may chose to spend the whole time working on the samples). You will also learn to design custom clasps to fit the unique design of your chain. Micki will show you toggle clasps of all sorts, S-hooks and keyhole style clasps. Plus, she will share her tips on how to incorporate beads or alternative materials into jewelry in innovative ways. Demos will include soldering with the Smith brand Little Torch, rivets, hammering, roll printing, dapping, and much, much more!

Materials: Students should bring: emery paper (black carbon silicon)- 220 and 320 grit, any other materials you wish to incorporate (stones, beads etc), please bring samples of your current work AND BRING YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR!! Let's have fun.

Metals: Brass or copper are provided, students who want to work in sterling silver should bring:

  • 26 gauge sheet, at least 2" x 2"
  • round wire: 20 gauge -10 inches, 18 gauge - 5 inches, 16 gauge - 5 inches

    Optional tools to bring: 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, bastard files, needle files, pliers: needle nose, chain nose, flat and combination flat and half/round.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or previous metalworking experience. Students should be able to solder unattended.

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Hinges and Mechanisms Workshop

Saturday and Sunday , October 27 & 28
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$225

Instructor Glenda Dixon

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Hinges and Mechanisms

Course description:  Learn to add movement to your metal creations with hinges and mechanisms. Whether you are interested in lockets, boxes, sculpture or clasps, you will find a solution in this workshop. We will cover many approaches to hinges from simple to complex.

Materials: Copper and brass provided.

Prerequisite: Previous metalworking experience required. Intermediate level.

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Nov. 3 & 4
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. Maximum 10 students.

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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Color on Metal

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

$75 plus $10 materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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Create patina patterns on copper using a torch and learn how to seal it without changing the colors! Explore applying colored patterns with resin and then layering these surface techniques for results in fabulous metal pieces to use in your jewelry designs. The options are limitless with layering patina and resin patterns and the creativity is all yours!

Course description: This fun class is packed with a variety of creative techniques for applying color to metals.  Working with copper, students will explore cold fusion techniques working with different resins for “Fauxnamel” effects, colored pencils, new patina methods, flame painting and more. The options are endless with 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 torch techniques on how to do flame painting on copper with guidance from Meredith. She will even share her tips on how to seal the colors! You can even create multiple layers of color on color by combining techniques.

Materials: $10 paid to instructor in class covers copper and coloring/patination materials during class.

Prerequisite: None!

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Filigree Techniques

Sat/Sun, November 10 & 11
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$180 + 65 materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Learn to make filigree jewelry with Jennifer Stenhouse

Course description: Filigree is an intricate fabrication technique where a wire frame is filled with fine threads of decorative wire and small balls of metal. Jennifer will show you step by step how to create patterns for a frame and fill the frames using various techniques from around the world. Jennifer will you how to create the frame, how to twist and curl the wire to create the fill the frame and show you how make a pendant and ring project. Jennifer will also demonstrate granulation and adding a bezel set stone accent for additional ornamentation. You'll learn to use powdered solder and Jennifer will discuss fusing and soldering techniques appropriate for the many different styles of filigree, open wire work, and shaping filigree to create a dimensional surface.

Materials Included: Each student will be given 3x3" hard charcoal block, flux brush, filigree powdered solder and fine point tweezers to work with and take home after the class. Students will be provided a kit of dead soft silver wire to work with: 35ft of 26g fine silver round, 1.5 ft of 16g square sterling, 2 ft of 16g round sterling, 2 ft of 18g round sterling.
Students should bring: a sketchpad or notebook for notes and sketches, and a pencil.  TMAC provides tools for in class use, but you may opt to bring any favorite jewelry tools that you wish to use.

Prerequisite: A minimum of basic jewelry skills required. Students should be able to work with pliers, jewelry saw know how to solder or fuse.

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Precious Metal Clay:
NEW! PMC 960 Rings

Sunday, November 18
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 + $45 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC Rings

Course description: The magic of ‘Metal Clay’ continues with new Sterling Silver One-Fire clay. Learn the basics on how to how to form, texture, dry and fire this clay In this class students will learn to create  flat band rings that, after being fired in a kiln, will be formed around a mandrel into a beautifully designed ring. The sterling is a strong clay with a wonderful soft glow after polishing. Students will learn how to judge shrinkage, how to texture and give dimension to the metal clay, and how to form the band into a ring that fits like a glove. You'll also be able to add an oxidized patina to accentuate the texture of your new creation!

Materials: Kit fee: $45 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) - includes one 20gram package of PMC Onefire Sterling Silver clay.  Students should be able to make two medium or one wide band ring. Also included is one or two sizing patties to get an accurate ring size.

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

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun, Dec. 8 & 9
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. Maximum 10 students.

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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Five Golden Rings

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

$100 plus materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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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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Viking Knit Chain Workshop

Sunday, Dec. 16
10am - 3pm

$tba

Instructor Ruth Greening

Full details coming soon!

Viking Knit Chain Workshop

Course description: Learn the basics for weaving a beautiful chain from wire. The Viking Knit can be done in many colors or combinations that will enhance your hand made pieces. .No experience necessary. Supply kit includes instructions, a spool of wire, sterling silver end caps, finishing wire and accent beads.