The Tacoma Metal Arts Center will be holding a hand-stamped charms class on Saturday, June 1, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Students will be able to make unique, personalized, one-of-a-kind jewelry, to take or wear home. Finishing techniques; such as: oxidizing, sanding, and tumble polishing will also be discussed in class. The class is $35 and includes materials.
Amy Reeves, owner of Tacoma Metal Arts Center and instructor for many of the classes, including Hand Stamped Charms, described the class experience: “It is a great low-cost introductory class for someone new to jewelry making. … It’s fun and people usually leave with about 5 personalized charms in this 2 hour class.” This class covers a broad range of basic skills and tools. It is well suited for even those that believe that they lack crafting skills. There is an advanced class at the Center that students can progress into, to further develop their interest and skills. The Tacoma Metal Arts Center operates on an open-studio schedule, in that people can use the facilities and tools by the hour, if they have further interest in working on their own projects, but do not want to take a formal class.
The Tacoma Metal Arts Center offers more than 50 different classes throughout the year, taught by 14 experienced instructors. Many of the instructors are not only experienced in their craft, but also hold Bachelor or Masters of Fine Arts (BFA or MFA) degrees. Private instruction is available in some more technical areas of metal working crafts, such as teaching couples to create wedding rings for their own special day. Amy commented about the ring program: “Many people choose to melt their old gold and make it into a new wedding ring for their partner-to-be. It is an incredibly meaningful experience and the pride you get from being able to say you made your own wedding rings is extremely satisfying.”
The Hand-stamped Charms Jewelry class is recommended for all ages, but class participants that are under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult, also registered in the class.
For more information about the class, please call Amy Reeves at: 253-227-1694, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit The Tacoma Metal Arts Center website.
By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com
Edited by Reba Winstead, editor for Tacoma.com