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WKS1204: Leatherworking- Make a Belt!

Tired of searching for a simple, high-quality leather belt that fits your waist and your budget? Make your own! In this workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of leather cutting, embossing, hand sewing, and installing hardware – everything you need to tackle your own leather projects in the future. In addition to a custom belt, you will also walk away with tips on sourcing leather, books for further instruction, and suggestions for your next leather project.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking- Make a Belt! Thursday, 6/16/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1205: Leatherworking - Create a Wrist Cuff!

In this workshop, you’ll learn fundamental skills for working with leather and walk away with a wrist cuff that you made yourself!

We’ll cover everything from pattern tracing and leather cutting to embossing designs using traditional tools. We have a variety of design and alphabet stamps that will give you a chance to personalize your project. While, yes, in this workshop we’ll be making something cool, a lot of emphasis will be placed on practicing technique with some of the more specialized leather crafting tools.

At the end of the session, you’ll have experience with pattern transferring, how to properly case leather for tooling, tooling (stamping) designs, edge finishing and dressing, hardware setting, and care of tools.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking - Create a Wrist Cuff! Wednesday, 6/8/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $75.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $90.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1235: Powder Coated Jewelry

Make a unique necklace, bracelet or earrings for yourself or a gift! In this workshop, you'll form a jewelry item and then finish it with colorful powder coating. Powder coating is more durable than paint, and uses a simple application process that is then baked to a hard finish. You’ll also be able to explore the sandblaster which cleans metal, wood, glass, plastics (almost any material that is rigid). Students who take this class will walk away with a finished piece of jewelry that is sure to turn heads.

Because of possible shock (high voltage, low amperage) with a powder coating gun, students with a pacemaker, or any voltage-sensitive medical equipment are not permitted to take this workshop or use the equipment.

Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the sandblasting cabinet, powder coating gun, powder spray booth, and powder coating oven,

Workshop duration: 2.5 hours

Prerequisite: None

Basic materials will be provided. If you desire additional materials, they should be purchased prior to class.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class. When using these tools outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Powder Coated Jewelry Saturday, 6/4/16 3:00 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1239: Aluminum Casting with a Kiln

In this workshop, you will cast a small object from a hand-cut foam mold. Aluminum ingots will be heated to 1500 degrees in our small kiln while students carve their molds out of foam blocks. Your instructor will discuss pattern design, mold troubleshooting and, most importantly, safety.

Molten aluminum will be handled, so participants must wear leather footwear (preferably boots), long sleeves and pants.

This class will NOT clear you to use the kiln for metal casting, as this is an extremely dangerous activity. Once you have taken this workshop, you will be approved to bring molds you have designed to our once-monthly casting event. Molds will be collected by our staff and will be cast during off-hours in the shop. Students can observe the casting if they wish; castings will be left in the shop to cool, and students will be emailed when they are ready for pickup!

Class Prerequisite: None!

Basic materials will be provided.

Minimum age: 18

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes made of natural fibers or leather, natural fiber or leather long sleeved shirt, natural fiber or leather long pants.

  • Advised: Leather boots.


1 session currently scheduled:
    Aluminum Casting with a Kiln Friday, 6/10/16 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $90.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $115.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1240: Make Custom Hammered & Enameled Copper Bowl

We're excited to bring you one of TechShop DC-Arlington's first team-taught classes! Join instructors Tony Ritchie and Kat Jamieson as they teach you to shape a sheet of copper into a bowl and then enamel your creation.

Make a colorful, eye-catching piece by forming and enameling your own hammered copper bowl. You’ll make your bowl using sheet metal shaping tools such as planishing hammers and shot bags. NOTE: All TechShop sheet metal shaping tools are not to be used to work with metal thicker than 16 gauge. Then, you will create a colorful finish for your new bowl with a variety of enameling techniques. Using colorful ground-glass powders applied to the metal and then firing in a high temperature kiln will allow you to give your bowl a one-of-a-kind look; layers of color can be built up using multiple quick firings. Whether you're giving it as a gift or keeping it for your own use, this bowl will be an attention-getter.

Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the planishing hammer, metal shrinker and stretcher, Beverly shear, shot bags, and hammers. You will also be cleared to use the kiln.

Class Prerequisite: None

Basic materials will be provided.

Minimum age: 12

Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

When using these tools outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

Safety

  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection

  • Advisable: Hearing protection

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Make Custom Hammered & Enameled Copper Bowl Tuesday, 6/14/16 5:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $130.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $150.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS1241: Busty Casting: Lost PLA Investment Casting

    THIS IS A TWO-SESSION WORKSHOP. The sessions will be held at the same time, two days apart (ie. First Session: June 21st at 6 pm, Second Session: June 23rd at 6 pm). YOU MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS. Please, do not sign up for this workshop if you cannot attend both sessions.

    This is TechShop DC-Arlington's second team-taught workshop! Half of this teaching duo will, again, be the infamous Tony Ritchie. Joining him this time is the smart and capable Olivia! They're here to make teaching (and casting) magic happen.

    In the first session of this two-part workshop, Olivia will walk you through the use of our Makerbot 3-D printer to print the bust of a historic character. She will walk you through how to tweak the design of these prints specifically for the investment casting process. As your prints are being produced, Tony will discuss the investment casting process. After the prints are complete, they will be invested in a plaster and sand solution and left to cure. This completes session one.

    In session two, held two days after session one, Tony will walk you through the burnout process, melting the aluminum and pouring of the molds. At the completion of the class, you will walk away with an aluminum bust of a historical character. Anyone who has taken this class and is interested in doing further castings should contact info.dca@techshop.ws to arrange for a casting session with Tony.

    Prerequisites: None

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Busty Casting: Lost PLA Investment Casting Tuesday, 6/21/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS1253: Basic Millinery: Make Your Own Fascinator

    Create an eye-catching fascinator, worthy of any summer wedding or garden party you might attend this season!

    TechShop DC-Arlington is thrilled to offer our very first millinery workshop, led by a professional milliner! During this introductory workshop, students will learn the basics of the classic art of millinery including: millinery terminology, the classic shapes and styles of hats and headpieces; types of straw, felt, trim and other materials used in millinery and hat making; hat blocking, plus the other steps and tools necessary for design and construction; and millinery suppliers utilizing nontraditional tools and materials.

    Students will then apply this new knowledge of millinery techniques and materials to block their own small straw fascinator base, then customize it with their preferred trim. A variety of base and trim (ribbon, feathers, etc.) materials in various colors will be available for students to complete their custom fascinator. The selection of colors and types of base and trim materials may vary. Coordinating an ensemble for an upcoming wedding or event? Have some ribbon or an old brooch you'd love to use? Feel free to bring your own trim and embellishments to incorporate into your fascinator!

    Prerequisites: None, although Basic Sewing Machine SBU is recommended. Students should at least be comfortable with hand stitching.



    1 session currently scheduled:
        Basic Millinery: Make Your Own Fascinator Sunday, 6/5/16 11:00 AM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $25.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS1257: Make a Mitered Jewelry or Gift Box

    Looking to expand your basic woodworking knowledge? Join us for this cool workshop, led by a professional woodworker! You'll learn about basic solid wood material properties that will affect how you work with wood, as well as how to select wood to ensure you're working with quality material that will give you the results you want. Then, your instructor will lead you through an introduction to precision splined mitered joinery using the table saw, and teach you to use the dado blade to make grooves and rabbets. Ultimately, you'll get a chance to fabricate your own mitered box! There will be a variety of wood species to choose from, so you can customize a box that is just right for you! You can also give away your box- it's a gift that is sure to surprise and delight.

    Prerequisite: Woodshop SBU. If you haven't taken this class yet, sign up for the next available session here.

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Make a Mitered Jewelry or Gift Box Tuesday, 6/14/16 5:00 PM 4.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS1259: Build a Wine Rack

    We all like to savor a nice glass or two of wine from time to time. However, storing the wine you've yet to drink can be a chore. Now, you can display the bottles you're waiting to enjoy on a handmade wine rack! A perfect project for woodworking beginners (yet still fun for those more experienced in the wood shop), this class will reinforce what you learned about using basic wood shop tools in our Woodshop SBU. The instructor is a professional woodworker with decades of experience and will be there to provide plenty of advice and support as he guides you through this project. When you're finished, you'll have a beautiful wine rack to place in your home- or to give away as an amazing gift!

    Prerequisite: Woodshop SBU. If you haven't taken this class yet, sign up for the next available session here.

    Minimum age: 16

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 16- and 17-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Build a Wine Rack Saturday, 6/4/16 12:30 PM 4.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $80.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $100.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS134: Electroplating Basics

    In this course, you will learn the basics of electroplating metal using nickel as a plating material. Electroplating is a process that uses reverse galvanic action to dissolve and then deposit one metal onto the surface of another metal. This metal coating might be applied to provide corrosion or wear resistance, as a base for further plating, or for purely aesthetic reasons. Many metals can be used for plating, such as copper, nickel, chromium, cadmium, or zinc- in this workshop, we will be nickel plating a piece of copper. You will learn how to prepare a nickel acetate solution, clean and prepare a piece of copper, and electroplate the copper. You will also learn basic metal texturing techniques with various organic metal shaping tools.

    Note: This class does NOT grant students access to TechShop's metal shaping tools outside of class. To access these tools, MTL201: Sheet Metal- Organic Shapes SBU is required. If you haven't taken this class, sign up for the next available session here.

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Electroplating Basics Tuesday, 6/7/16 7:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    2 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Electroplating Basics Tuesday, 6/21/16 7:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        Member and non-member Sign Up $75.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
       
    WKS201: 3D Scanning- Hack Your Xbox Kinect!

    Did you know that your Xbox Kinect can be hacked to become a 3D scanner? All you need is a bit of patience, software, and some excellent instruction! One of our knowledgeable 3D printing instructors will take you through the process, step-by-step. You'll not only learn about the wide-ranging usefulness of 3D scanning, but also how to turn your Kinect into a 3D scanner and operate the scanning software. You'll walk away from this workshop with the ability to hack your own 3D scanner, as well as an .stl file of yourself! This file type can be used on a 3D printer or even on the ShopBot. Get your loved ones what they've always wanted for the holidays: a desktop version of you! It's possible, thanks to 3D scanning and this awesome workshop.

    Project: .stl file of yourself from 3D scan

    Prerequisites: None!

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When in the shop outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian.

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        3D Scanning- Hack Your Xbox Kinect! Tuesday, 6/7/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        3D Scanning- Hack Your Xbox Kinect! Sunday, 6/19/16 12:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $40.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $50.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS203: Make a Plasma Cut Flower

    Want to impress your loved one with a handmade gift this season? Need a "Get out of Jail Free" card? Come to TechShop and make a one-of-a-kind decorative flower out of steel using a plasma cutter and spot welder! In this workshop, each student will design a flower on sheet steel and use the plasma cutter to cut the design straight out of the metal. You,ll then learn to work with the metal to create curves in your petals and leaves. Once the "petals" are ready, you'll attach them to a metal "stem" and spot weld them together. This is a flower that will never, ever wilt! You will walk away from this workshop with an impressive handmade metal flower that is sure to please even the hardest to impress on your holiday gift list.

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        Make a Plasma Cut Flower Saturday, 5/28/16 11:00 AM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Make a Plasma Cut Flower Friday, 6/10/16 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Make a Plasma Cut Flower Saturday, 6/25/16 1:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $45.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS204: Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet

    Let's face it: so many wallets out there are pretty boring. Since you take it with you everywhere, don't you want something more interesting? Here's your chance to make a custom leather wallet using a laser cutter! When someone admires your cool new billfold, you'll be able to say, "Oh this? I made it with a laser!"

    In this workshop, you'll cut out a wallet design using the laser cutter. Then, you can etch into the surface of the leather to customize it to your heart's content! Finally, you'll hand-stitch your creation together into its fetching, functional final form. Your instructor will also provide valuable guidance on working with leather in the laser. You'll walk away with plenty of tips and tricks to help you continue working on laser projects that incorporate leather. Every student will leave this workshop with a personalized wallet that would make a perfect gift- or treat yourself and keep it for your own use!

    Note: This is not a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. To learn more about laser cutting and etching, check out our Laser Cutting SBU - ULS, offered regularly.

    Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of the Laser Cutting and Etching SBU - ULS prior to taking this class is recommended. Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator is also helpful.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet Saturday, 5/28/16 10:30 AM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet Friday, 6/10/16 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Laser Cut & Etched Leather Wallet Monday, 6/27/16 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $50.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $60.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS205: Basic Photoshop and Frame Building

    With two instructors and two topics, students truly get two classes for the price of one! This class will cover three areas of the shop, for a well-rounded experience resulting in an awesome workshop takeaway.

    First, students will get hands on instruction from a Professional photographer on basic Photoshop functions including retouching, optimization of file sizes, and basic shortcut keys. Bring your favorite photograph or artwork to work on in class. After your photo has been perfected, you'll learn how to use the large format printer, which can be used to print posters, banners, and, of course, photos.

    Now that you have your large image printed, what better next step than to frame it? Since we're all makers, there's no one better to frame your image than yourself! In the second part of this class, students are introduced to fast framing techniques from a master woodworker in our woodshop. When this class is done, you'll have a personally custom-edited, printed image in a hand made frame that is ready for display! Not only will you learn some new skills, but the whole workshop will cost you less than a professional frame job!

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Basic Photoshop and Frame Building Wednesday, 6/22/16 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 10 SEATS TOTAL
    9 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $120.00 plus $35.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS436: Soapstone Turning on the Wood Lathe

    Ever wished you could turn more than wood on a wood lathe? Here's the good news- you can! Students in this workshop will learn the finer points of turning soapstone on the wood lathe. Soapstone, unlike other stones, is soft enough to be tuned on the lathe, and can be worked more quickly, easily and accurately than with traditional stone carving. This class is also an excellent introduction to face plate turning, which is perfect for anyone looking to make concave projects (bowls, goblets, etc.). Students will turn a tealight candle holder out of a gorgeous piece of blue-green soapstone, the perfect starter project for anyone looking to turn more complex projects out of soapstone in the future.

    Prerequisite: Wood Lathe SBU.

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Soapstone Turning on the Wood Lathe Sunday, 6/19/16 3:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    CLASS FULL
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS131: Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs

    Vinyl cutting and screen printing go hand-in-hand, and this fun, holiday-themed workshop will show you how! First, you'll learn how to safely operate the vinyl cutter and use it to make custom stencils to suit all your screen printing needs. The final product of this class will be an Ugly "Sweater", so you'll choose from a bunch of seasonally-themed designs to cut on the machine. You'll also learn how to import your own vector designs from graphics programs in order to create cool stickers, custom signage, and more!

    Next, it's on to the screen printing station. You'll learn how to prep your stencil, transfer it to a screen, mask the screen, then apply ink through the stencil and screen onto your shirt! It's a much quicker, easier process than photo emulsion, and it cures quickly, too. You'll spend the last few minutes of class heat-setting your shirt and, voila! You'll be the proud owner of your very own, handmade ugly "sweater" (aka sweatshirt) that is sure to be a year-round eye catcher.

    Once you have taken and successfully passed this class, you will be cleared to use the screen printing station AND vinyl cutter!

    Project: Custom ugly sweater long-sleeve shirt

    Prerequisites: None!

    Equipment access: Silkscreen station and vinyl cutter

    Safety: Closed-toed shoes are required.

    Minimum age: 12

    Supervision requirements: During class, all 12- to 15-year-old students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.

    When using the screen printing station and/or vinyl cutter outside of class time, 12- to 15-year-old members must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian who has passed the SBU.

    Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

    3 sessions currently scheduled:
        Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs Tuesday, 5/31/16 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    1 SEAT LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs Wednesday, 6/15/16 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Screen Printing + Vinyl Cutter SBUs Saturday, 6/25/16 1:00 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $100.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $125.00 plus $15.00 Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.