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All Classes and Workshops:

     
Blacksmith Weekend in Eatonville June 13/14 10:00am - 6:00pm $300.00
Blacksmith Weekend in Eatonville 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
       
Bronze Metal Clay Sat. June 27 10:30am - 5:00pm $95.00
Business of Jewelry-online Sat. June 28 11:00am - 4:30pm $65.00
Intermediate Jewelry/ Prong Setttings Sat,Sun. July 11,12 10:00am - 5:00pm $245.00
Five Golden Rings Sun. August 9 10:00am - 5:00pm $115.00
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

 

Classes- Full Descriptions-

5/29/2020 According to WA State Guidelines we can reopen for classes when we enter phase 3. The studio will remain closed through June 21– we will keep you posted regarding any changes to this timeline. We will reopen as soon as it is safe.....

 

 

Blacksmithing Weekend in Eatonville

Sat/Sun, June 13/14
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. Minimum 4 students, maximum 8

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

Prerequisite: None

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Blacksmithing Weekend in Eatoneville

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

 

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. Minimum 4 students, maximum 8

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

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

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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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Bronze Metal Clay

Saturday, June 27
10:30 am -4:30 pm

$95

Instructor Suz O'Dell

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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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The Business of Jewelry - online Zoom class

Sunday, June 28
11:00 am - 4:30 pm

$65

Instructor Meredith Arnold

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tmac gallery

Course description: Discover the most successful ways to get your work into galleries, exhibitions, festivals and art fairs. Meredith will show you how! Using effective, tried and true methods, you will learn marketing tools to represent yourself and how to make the most of presenting your work in advertising, through social media, on business cards, etc.

 

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

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Bezel Setting Workshop

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

$109 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.

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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Intermediate Jewelry: Prong Settings for Unusual Stones

Intensive- 2 days

July 11 & 12
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am- 5:00 pm

$245 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.

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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Beginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive

Intensive- 3 days

July 17, 18, 19

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

$345

Instructor Amy Reeves

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

Sat/Sun, July 25/26

rescheduled from April 25 & 26
9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Instructor Jesse Bert

$tba + materials kit fee

registration begins in JuneBy 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 Champleve 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 enamelling 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 sealable lid (watertight)

-a large serving spoon for mixing the etchant

Prerequisite: basic metal working recommended

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Tube Setting

Sat, August 8

10am - 5pm

$100 + $15 includes materials

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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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

$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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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

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

Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

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. Jennifer will cover 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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