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Weekly and Intensive Classes

Intro to Jewelry Casting    
Sats, now - May 19 Times 4:30pm - 7:30pm Fee 8 sessions $320, 6 sessions $270
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun May 25,26,27 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $315
Casting Intensive    
Dates Sat,Sun June 9,10 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 2 sessions $215
Blacksmithing Weekend    
Dates Sat,Sun Jun 9,10 Times 10:00am - 6:00pm Fee 2 sessions $300
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun June 29,30 July 1 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $315
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive    
Dates Fri,Sat,Sun Aug 3,4,5 Times 10:00am - 5:00pm Fee 3 sessions $325

 

All Classes and Workshops

Title Dates Time Cost
Colored Pencil on Copper Sat, May 19 10:00am - 4:00pm $100.00
Channel Setting Sun, May 20 10:00am - 5:00pm $125.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun May 25,26,27 10:00am - 5:00pm $325.00
Blacksmithing Weekend Sat,Sun June 9,10 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Casting Intensive Sat,Sun June 9,10 10:00am - 5:00pm $215.00
Spinner Rings Sat, June 16 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
Bezel Setting Workshop Sun, June 17 10:00am - 5:00pm $100.00
PMC: Pendant with Cabochon Set Stone Sat, June 23 10:00am - 4:00pm $85.00
Beg. Jewelry/ Metals Intensive Fri,Sat,Sun Jun 29,30,Jul 1 10:00am - 5:00pm $325.00
Cloisonné Enameling Sat,Sun July 7 & 8 10:00am - 5:00pm $235.00
Rivets Sat, July 14 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
Polymer Clay Sun, July 15 10:00am - 3:00pm $75.00
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

All Classes- Full Descriptions- listed chronologically

 

 

New: Colored Pencil on Copper

Saturday, May 19
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$80 plus $20 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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Channel Setting

Sunday, May 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$125 includes materials

Instructor Glenda Dixon

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Learn channel setting for jewelry at TMAC

Course description: Step up your stone setting skills and enhance your work with channel setting. This class focuses on channel setting round faceted stones. You will learn valuable skills in layout, burring, fitting, securing and tightening stones while you work on setting cz's into a silver ring. First Glenda will demonstrate how to carve a channel out of the solid ring. Then you will learn how to create the seats for your stones using different burs. Glenda will also show you how to make specialized tools to use for setting and tightening the stones as well as polishing the setting to highlight the stones.

Materials included: sterling silver ring in 5x2mm rectangle wire, setting tools and 2.75mm round faceted cubic zirconium stones. Optional to bring, a worn out needle file and a jeweler's 10x loupe.

Prerequisite: Basic jewelry skills and stone setting experience recommended, such as flush setting, tube setting or bezel setting class.

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

May 25, 26 & 27

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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Casting Intensive

Sat/Sun Jun. 9 & 10
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus $15 material fee

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using centrifugal casting. The first day you'll be guided step by step through carving a wax model and making a mold of it. On day two, you will cast your project into bronze, silver or gold using centrifugal casting. Then, Jennifer will show you how to clean up and polish your project into a beautiful piece of jewelry!

Course description: Learn to design and make jewelry using the lost wax casting method. Students will be guided step by step in the process in order to make unique pieces of jewelry. You will design and learn to carve a model in wax, and then replicate your model in silver or bronze using lost wax casting. The first day you'll be guided step by step through carving a wax model and making a mold of it. On day two, you will cast your project into bronze, silver or gold using centrifugal casting. Then, Jennifer will show you how to clean up and polish your project into a beautiful piece of jewelry! Demonstrations will be geared toward completion of the ring project; students may opt to work on a different project.

Materials: includes most materials, N95 dustmask and ancient bronze casting grain. Students who wish to work in sterling silver should bring clean silver scrap or casting grain.

Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry or equivalent. Students should know how to saw, solder, file and polish metal.

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Blacksmithing Weekend

Sat/Sun Jun. 9 & 10
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, and that is 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.

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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Spinner Rings

Saturday, June 16
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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Bezel Setting Workshop

Sunday, June 17 (Father's Day)
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$100 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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 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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Precious Metal Clay: Pendant with Cabochon Set Stone

Saturday, June 23
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

$85 plus $55 materials

Instructor Ruth Greening

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PMC with Cabochon Set Stone

Course description: If you love the look of bezel set stones and combined with the rich textures you can achieve in precious metal clay then this class is for you! Learn how to fit the bezel wire around the stone and fire the bezel into place with the clay. Ruth will show you some important things to know about this process of mixing a shrinking medium (PMC clay) with a non-shrinking medium (silver bezel wire). Join us in this class to learn how to overcome those problems and more! Once the silver clay is fired you will be able to add a patina and set the stone. Leave the class with a beautiful new silver pendant to wear!

Materials:$55 paid to instructor in class (cash/check only) for 16g PMC3, fine silver bezel wire and cabochon stone. Instructor will also provide use of tools for completion of project, firing, polishing and patina. Students should provide a chain or cord if they wish to wear their completed

project home.

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

June 29, 30 & July 1
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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Cloisonné Enameling

Sat/Sun July 7 & 8
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$200 plus $35 materials

Instructor Jean Tudor

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Cloisonne Enameling

Course description: In cloisonné enamel, fine lines of metal 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 metal foils. Learn the process step by step including how to achieve 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: $35 includes enamels, 18g copper shapes, silver cloisonné wires, silver and gold foil 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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Rivets

Saturday, July 14
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

$115 includes materials

Instructor Glenda Dixon

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Rivet it Workshop

Course description: Rivets are a great solution whenever solder is not an option. Learn the basics of riveting in this quick class. Glenda will cover standard rivets, flush rivets, tube rivets, all kinds of rivets! If soldering isn't your thing, or even if it, rivets are a great solution! Whether you want to incorporate found objects such as glass and wood, or add movement to your pieces, or just add another technique to your metalsmithing tool box, you'll love rivets!

Materials: Copper and brass provided, students may opt to bring silver to work with. Optional to bring, found object to incorporate into projects.

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry skills are helpful, but not required

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Possibilities of Polymer Clay

Sunday, July 15
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

$75 plus $20 materials

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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polymer clay class at Tacoma MetalArts

Course description:  Polymer clay offers many possibilities in jewelry making. Meredith will show you a variety of techniques to take you from beginner or intermediate to advanced skills in short order. Our project centers around creating a tile bracelet. You will learn tricks for simplifying construction, and a lot of fun surface techniques. Meredith will share her tips and help you step by step so you can put your own spin on this versatile material. Some tools are included as well as instruction for making your own tools.

Materials: $20 paid to the instructor in class for the polymer clay, special sanding material, and some tools to take home, plus the instructor will bring some tools to share for use during class.

Prerequisite: None

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Beginning Jewelry Workshop

Saturday, July 21
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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Bezel Setting Workshop

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

$100 plus materials

Instructor Amy Reeves

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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

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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

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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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