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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Aug 3,4,5 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $325
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
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. 27 - Dec 22 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $320/ 6 sessions $270

 

All Classes and Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Beginning Jewelry Workshop Sat, July 21 10:00am - 5:30pm $100.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, July 22 10:00am - 5:30pm $100.00
Ring Making Workshop Sat, July 28 10:00am - 1:00pm $50.00
Flush Setting Workshop Sat, July 28 1:30pm - 4:30pm $60.00
YouTubes! Sun, July 29 10:00am - 4:00pm $90.00
Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Aug 3,4,5 10:00am - 5:00pm $325.00
Resins and Rivets Sat, Aug 11 10:00am - 4:00pm $75.00
Bronze Metal Clay Sat, Aug 18 10:30am - 5:00pm $95.00
Raku-fired Enamels Sat,Sun Aug 18,19 10:00am - 5:00pm $225.00
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
Colored Pencil on Copper Sun, Sept. 30 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
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

All Classes- Full Descriptions- listed chronologically

 

Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, July 21
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

$100 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves *Class is full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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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!  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. 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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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, July 22
10:00 am - 5:30 pm

$100 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves *Class is full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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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 found object to set or purchase one from our assortment. Students should bring about $10 - $20 to cover the cost of silver.

Prerequisite: No experience necessary!

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Ring Making Workshop

Saturday, July 28
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$50 plus the cost of silver

Instructor Amy Reeves*Class is full-please e-mail to be placed on a wait list

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ring making workshop at TMAC

Course description: In this fun, fast paced workshop you will make one or more rings to wear home! Learn to shape, solder, texture and patina silver to create beautiful rings of your own design. No prior jewelry experience is necessary.

Materials included: Students should bring about $5 - $10 to spend on silver projects, or bring silver of various gauges, sheet and wire.

Prerequisite: none

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Flush Setting Workshop

Saturday, July 28
1:30 - 4:30 pm

$60

Instructor Amy Reeves

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Flush setting at TMAC

Course description: Learn to set round faceted stones in flush mounts, it's not as hard as you think!. Learn the tricks with the flex shaft to set stones quickly and easily. We will practice with 1 mm - 2 mm faceted round stones. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or previous metalworking experience. Take this with the Ring Making Workshop and you can set a stone in the ring you make!

Materials: Price includes copper sheet, silver tube & cubic zirconium stones, additional silver available for purchase. Or, you can bring a project to set your stone into.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry

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YouTubes!

Sunday, July 29
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$90

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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

August 3, 4 & 5
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$325

Instructor Amy Reeves*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. 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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Resins and Rivets

Saturday, August 11
10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$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: Outside of the box resin?  This is resin without a bezel.  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 securely riveted into a wearable piece

Materials fee: $35 paid to instructor in class for use of pourable and UV resin, silicone molding compound, polymer clay, wire, tubing, some inclusions (charms, glitter, papers), pin tool, work surface and handouts

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

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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

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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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 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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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 Amy Reeves

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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!  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. 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

Instructor Jennifer StenhouseBy registering on-line you agree to the Cancellation Policy

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: Most materials included. Students may opt to bring silver to work with. Please bring a dust mask rated N95 (available at the hardware store or $2 at the studio)

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry or equivalent

 

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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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

October 12, 13 & 14
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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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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