Upcoming courses at Tacoma Metal Arts Center

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TMAC HeaderLogoTacoma Metal Arts Center is a school for jewelry making and metalsmithing. It offers classes, private lessons and studio access. Whether you are just beginning or have experience, you can design and create unique jewelry and decorative objects.

The retail gallery has hand-made jewelry created by the instructors and students. Whether you’re shopping for a gift or in need of a little inspiration, come visit and have a look around. The establishment also sells metalsmithing tools and supplies such as hammers, torches, flex-shaft machines, ring mandrels, pliers, jewelers’ saws, fire brick, files, burs, bezel wire, solder, flux and more.

Upcoming Courses:

pmc_web_earringPrecious Metal Clay Earring Workshop
Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Instructor Ruth Greening

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. Learn basic handling, forming and firing of this amazing silver.
Cost: $75 plus $45 materials fee payable to instructor
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.

BezelSettingBezel Setting Workshop
Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Instructor Amy Reeves (Class is full. Please e-mail to get on the wait list.)

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, they 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.
Cost: $95 plus materials
Materials: Bring a stone or object to set or purchase one from their assortment. Students should bring $10-$20 to cover the cost of silver.
Prerequisite: No experience necessary.

StenhousesetttingStone Setting: Creative Stone Setting with Tubes and Prongs
Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Instructor Jennifer Stenhouse

Course description: Ready to explore some interesting stone setting options? Then this class is for you. Stenhouse will demonstrate a variety of simple stone settings that look complicated. Learn how to use tubing to create glorious prong settings for round or square gems. Stenhouse will also demonstrate how to create gorgeous flared tube settings, and glamorous crown settings. These techniques are perfect for adding a bit of dazzling flash and details to a ring, earrings or necklaces, using faceted or cabochon stones. Even if you’ve never set a stone before you can take this class.
Cost: $115
Materials: Includes silver tube and cubic zirconium stones. Additional silver available for purchase. Optional: bring a ring or other pieces to solder your settings onto.
Prerequisite: Beginning jewelry class. Students should have some experience sawing and soldering.

blacksmithBlacksmithing Weekend
Sept. 9 and 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Instructor Mike Mathewson

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. Mathewson 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. Mathewson will also have forges for sale if you want to continue on your own.
Cost: $300 plus $60 materials
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 Way, Tacoma
Prerequisite: None

Bezel_and_cuffBeginning Jewelry/ Metals Intensive
Intensive- 3 days: Sept. 15, 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Instructor Amy Reeves (Class is full. Please e-mail to get on the wait list.)

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. Reeves will cover all of the metalsmithing fundamentals, including sawing, filing, stamping, hammering and texturing —and that is just the first day. They 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-onone instruction. Copper and brass provided for in class use, silver available for purchase.
Cost: $300
Materials: Most materials included. Students may opt to purchase silver to work with approx. $10 -$20
Prerequisite: None.

Tacoma Metal Arts Center
3833 6th Ave.
Info: tacomametalarts.com

 

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