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WKS1202: Basic Sewing: Springtime Plushies

Spring has sprung- celebrate the new season by making a springtime plushie at TechShop! Students in this workshop will use basic sewing skills to make an adorable, imaginative stuffed animal. Consider the animal you'd like to make when picking out your fabric, and come ready to create some cuteness!

Since these are custom plushies, each student will want to bring the following:
  • 1/4 yard of either polar fleece, minky, felt, or flannel. Faux fur is acceptable but requires more sewing.

  • Extra fabric or scraps for ears, teeth, beaks, noses, etc. Some may be found in the shop, but you may bring your own to ensure you get the color/type of fabric you want.

  • Any other embellishments you wish to add to your creation!

    Supervision requirements: During class, all students under the age of 16 must be supervised by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the class.



1 session currently scheduled:
    Basic Sewing: Springtime Plushies Sunday, 5/7/17 3:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
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.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking - Make a Belt! Sunday, 5/14/17 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    Leatherworking - Make a Belt! Saturday, 5/27/17 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No 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.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Leatherworking - Create a Wrist Cuff! Saturday, 5/13/17 2:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Leatherworking - Create a Wrist Cuff! Saturday, 5/27/17 2:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1235: Powder Coated Jewelry

Make colorful and unique jewelry—including necklace, bracelet or earrings for yourself or a gift! In this workshop, you'll form several jewelry items and then finish them with vibrant 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 several finished pieces of jewelry 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

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.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Powder Coated Jewelry Saturday, 4/29/17 2:00 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
1 SEAT LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Powder Coated Jewelry Saturday, 5/20/17 1:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No 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 Wednesday, 5/10/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WKS1240: Make Custom Hammered and 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-toe shoes, eye protection

  • Advisable: Hearing protection

  • 1 session currently scheduled:
        Make Custom Hammered and Enameled Copper Bowl Thursday, 5/4/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    2 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.
       
    WKS1242: Lost Wax Casting: Cast Zinc Pendant

    Curious to see how the ancient art of lost wax casting actually works? Come take part in this lost wax casting class that lets you experience this process on a smaller scale. This class starts out simply- with a few pieces of wax- and ends with a pendant you have cast from actual metal! We will sculpt our pendant shape out of wax, allowing each student to personalize their own. Next, we'll invest your pendant in a plaster mold and let it dry. Our last step before casting will be to melt and pour out the wax from your mold. Finally- we'll cast our pendant in zinc. At the end of the class, you get to walk away with a unique piece you made yourself!

    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.


    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Lost Wax Casting: Cast Zinc Pendant Wednesday, 5/17/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
        Lost Wax Casting: Cast Zinc Pendant Tuesday, 5/30/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    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: An .stl file of yourself from a 3D scan

    Prerequisites: None

    Safety: Closed-toe 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! Thursday, 4/27/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
        3D Scanning - Hack Your Xbox Kinect! Thursday, 5/25/17 5:30 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No 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
    (Plasma Cut Flowers)
    Tuesday, 5/9/17 7:30 PM 2.5 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
        Make a Plasma Cut Flower
    (Plasma Cut Flowers)
    Tuesday, 5/16/17 7:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
        Make a Plasma Cut Flower
    (Plasma Cut Flowers)
    Thursday, 5/25/17 7:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS204: Laser Cut and 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.

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Laser Cut and Etched Leather Wallet Wednesday, 5/17/17 6:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
        Laser Cut and Etched Leather Wallet Wednesday, 5/24/17 6:30 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS206: Laser Cut Rubber Stamps & Laser SBU

    Explore a novel, fun use for the laser cutter during this brand new rubber stamp workshop! You'll learn to convert almost any black and white design into stampable form. Thanks to a special laser-friendly rubber product, the precision of lasers and design software meet the portability and personalization of rubber stamps.

    During this workshop, students will design and produce their own professional quality wood block-mounted address stamp. This project can be customized for many uses, like coordinating a return address stamp for wedding invitation and RSVP cards envelopes. You could make a thoughtful housewarming gift personalized with a friend's new address, incorporate an existing logo or typeface for a polished business identity, or create your family’s own seasonal stamp so your envelopes and packages are as festive as the holiday cards and gifts inside. The possibilities are endless!

    The first part of the class will take place in the computer lab where students can personalize one of the provided templates or create their own simple design. Using vector-based design and image manipulation software, students will prepare files for their stamp and wood block. The remainder of the class will take place at the laser cutter, where students will etch their materials and assemble their finished stamp.

    This workshop is designed for both avid laser cutter users and those with no prior experience. Completion of this workshop will also satisfy the requirements for future use of the Universal laser cutters. Though limited Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop features will be used for project-specific requirements, this is not intended as an introductory class for either software.

    Class Prerequisite: None! Basic knowledge of the laser cutter, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop are all helpful, but not required.

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

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Laser Cut Rubber Stamps & Laser SBU
    (NEW- Laser Cut Rubber Stamps)
    Saturday, 4/29/17 4:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
        Laser Cut Rubber Stamps & Laser SBU
    (NEW- Laser Cut Rubber Stamps)
    Sunday, 5/21/17 1:30 PM 3.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS620: Puzzle Boxes 101 - Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes

    Learn how to build a puzzle box in the style of traditional Japanese master craftsmen. Students will examine the fundamentals of the how the internal structure works in concert with the movements of the sliding faces of the box. Everyone will leave with their own puzzle box- perfect for hiding small valuables or a gift box that poses a challenge!

    Prerequisites: Woodshop SUB and Jointer, Planer and Table Router SUB

    Students who have not taken the prerequisite classes should NOT register for this class. Students attempting to attend this class who have not completed the prerequisite classes will be turned away.

    4 sessions currently scheduled:
        Puzzle Boxes 101 - Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes Tuesday, 5/2/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
        Puzzle Boxes 101 - Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes Tuesday, 5/9/17 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
        Puzzle Boxes 101 - Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes Tuesday, 5/16/17 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
        Puzzle Boxes 101 - Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes Saturday, 5/20/17 11:30 AM 4.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    5 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS621: Puzzle Boxes 102 - Exploring Complexity

    Building on the box-making foundations from Puzzle Boxes 101, this course delves into techniques that will teach students to augment the puzzle components of their boxes!

    Participants will learn techniques that create a truly puzzling box: stepped movements, sliding dovetails, innovative opening methods, and hidden catches. The instructor will even demonstrate how to cut dovetails in the box's veneer using the laser cutter and provide students with a handy guide to follow when designing their boxes. Upon completion of this workshop, students will have the knowledge necessary to exponentially increase the difficulty level of their next puzzle box.

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Puzzle Boxes 101: Traditional Japanese Puzzle Boxes

    1 session currently scheduled:
        Puzzle Boxes 102 - Exploring Complexity Wednesday, 5/24/17 5:30 PM 4.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
    6 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
       
    WKS131: Screen Printing and Vinyl Cutter SBUs

    Vinyl cutting and screen printing go hand in hand, and this fun 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. When using the vinyl cutter, as opposed to hand-cutting your stencils, the possibilities for easily making intricate designs is infinite. You'll also learn how to import your own vector designs from graphics programs to use the vinyl cutter to create cool stickers, custom signage, and more! Be sure to come with a design file in hand, or at least in mind.

    Next, it's onto 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 screen printed shirt that is sure to be an 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 screen printed shirt

    Prerequisites: None!

    Equipment access: Silkscreen station and vinyl cutter

    Safety: Closed-toe 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!

    2 sessions currently scheduled:
        Screen Printing and Vinyl Cutter SBUs Sunday, 5/14/17 1:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    4 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $139.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $169.00, No Materials Fee
        Screen Printing and Vinyl Cutter SBUs Saturday, 5/27/17 1:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    3 SEATS LEFT
        * Member Sign Up $139.00, No Materials Fee
        Non-member Sign Up $169.00, No Materials Fee
        * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.