Metalsmithing workshops and courses in Toronto

Work with Metal + Glass!
Learn the basics of hand fabricating objects and wearable sculptures/jewelry, lo-tech casting, flame-working, fusing, vitreous enamels on metal, bezel-setting cabochon stones, and more!

January 2014 nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers exciting new Metalsmithing workshops & courses

Gift Certificates are available, here.

married metals, formed & fabricated
married metals, formed & fabricated

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Form • Fabricate • Electroform • Etch
forming, fabricating, casting, electroforming
6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Thursday evenings starting Jan 16th to April 3rd, 12 weeks (Open Studio time available during the course- must be booked in advance) 3 student minimum, 5 max.
$180pp + $200 lab & materials fee**

Demonstrations in fold forming, etching (copper & silver), and hollow forms (making silhouette dies), electroplating, enamelling, sand casting.   This course gives students hands on experience manipulating metal, electroforming, and embellishing metal, while sharpening soldering and fabrication skills working on personal projects.

Students will work together and independantly on their projects. This course starts out with an introduction on techniques covered, expectations, design considerations, and ends with students finishing off fold formed samples/pieces, an etched hollow form, electroforming organic/inorganic objects, and sand casting. Fast paced, students need to show up ready for action!

Materials fee includes: a 3″x 3″ piece of 16 gauge Sterling silver plate, 16 gauge 12″x6″ copper, 1 ounce of Sterling silver casting grain, 1 gross of 3/0 saw blades. 3″x4″ plexiglass, Silver solder, flux, wax and expendables necessary for (copper) electroforming, enamels.  Use of tools and equipment.  Beginners welcome!

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**The Lab & Materials fee is necessary for this course.

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lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls

8 week Metal + Glass (Starts up Wednesday, January 8th 2014 2 spots available)
Form • Fabricate • Flamework • Fuse
Learn basic Goldsmithing + Flameworking techniques
6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week Monday evenings
$275 per person, 5 people max, 3 people min. $100 deposit necessary to hold space.
evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing, fold-forming.
evening #2: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)
evening #3: working with wax create pieces w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling, Brass or Gold.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, cleaning up castings> cuttlebone casting (finish up models)
evening #5: bezel settings and/or tube settings, alternative settings for found objects, clean-up castings
evening #6: Flameworking- intro to mandrel wound molten glass
evening #7: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.
evening #8: finish up projects
No experience necessary! 
Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied. A list of local suppliers is included.
Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s
check out some past student work!
Register in advance!

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fused glass powder
fused glass powder

Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting workshop
January, 10th start/intro 6:30-9:30pm then Saturday 11, 18 & 25th and Sunday 12, 19 & 26th 10am to 5pm
5 Student max., 3 student min. $180pp + $200 lab & materials fee**

Glass casting workshop (small to medium scale objects)
Learn the basics of glass casting. Up-cycle your wine or beer bottles into a beautiful work of art! Students will learn how to make molds of existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax.
Working with beautiful crystal- Gaffer Glass, soda lime -Bullseye- glass as well as recycling wine and/or beer bottles students will learn different firing and annealing schedules for casting glass. And simple cold-working without expensive equipment! No experience necessary!
*non-refundable Lab & Materials fee deposit of $200 necessary to hold space.

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Please visit our full listing of courses and workshops under the Winter courses & workshops 2014 heading.

Thanks for looking! Any questions please, contact nanopod.

Glass Casting, Fold Forming & Electro-forming Workshops!

Happy Sunday & Hello!

Check out nanopod’s new pricing structure! Some of our workshops and courses will now require a Lab and Materials fee upfront, as a non-refundable deposit.  Your ‘deposit’ goes towards materials, and expendables necessary for the workshop or course you registered for. Many items need to be purchased in advance due to shipping distances, and Holiday shipping cut-off dates, etc.

That said, this restructuring has also lowered some of our workshop fees!! 🙂 Check it:

20130303-165534 20130303-165702Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting workshop
January, 10th start/intro 6:30-9:30pm then Saturday 11, 18 & 25th and Sunday 12, 19 & 26th 10am to 5pm
5 Student max., 3 student min. $180pp + $200 lab & materials fee $380 total for this workshop!

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Form • Fabricate • Cast
forming, fabricating, casting, electroforming
6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Wednesday evenings starting Jan 16th to April 3rd, 12 weeks (Open Studio time available during the course), 5 Student max., 3 student min. $180pp + $200 lab & materials fee.   $380 total for this course!

Another really great update, and popular this time of year – Gift Certificates!  Purchase a gift that keeps on giving for a friend, or loved one! With a workshop or course you are not only covering the workshop/course fee you are also giving a life-skill-learning experience! Your gift may aide towards a new career in the arts, or your friend will finally be able to create a design they’ve been dreaming of for years! Most of nanopod’s workshops and courses include ALL materials & expendables (unless noted) so, your gift certificate covers everything. gift_cert24

Toronto Sculpting and Mould-making workshops!

Anatomy of Godzilla --
This anatomical sketch of Godzilla reveals a relatively small brain, giant lungs that allow underwater breathing, leg muscles that can support 20,000 tons of body weight, and a “uranium sack” and “nuclear reaction sack” that produce radioactive fire-breath and energize the body.

Kaiju [monster] making workshop! Sculpt, mould and create your own plastic figurines!
Guest instructor: Nick Sianchuk from Nugs.ca
Friday evening December 13th intro 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday December  14 & 15th 10am to 5pm, Wednesday December 18th finish projects, 6pm-9:30pm
3 student minimum, 6 Student max., $180pp +$105 materials & lab fee
– how to think like a Kaiju
– learn to design a Kaiju (be a Kaiju God!)
– make your own Kaiju
– make a one-piece, open-faced block mould
– make your own simple two-part Kaiju mould
– learn how to resin-cast your Kaiju
– tips on how to set up your own little casting factory in your basement, garage or over at Mom’s house.

nanopod: Hybrid Studio now offers two ways to register.

#1. Pay a non-refundable materials and lab fee deposit. This deposit holds your space, and purchases materials for use during the course/workshop. The remaining amount is due the 1st evening of class and can be paid using Visa, Mastercard or with cash.

OR

#2. Pay the Instruction fee, and YOU purchase necessary supplies, materials (& sometimes tools) for the workshop or course.

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Register NOW for this special Kaiju workshop! Space is limited. Clicking this button will take you to further information on this workshop as well as how to register.

Toronto Jewelry making classes

Well, the days are growing colder. Snow is sure to fall soon!

Don’t fret! If you’re not a winter person nanopod: Hybrid Studio is a great place for keeping warm and toasty during the winter months! We offer several workshops and jewelry making classes that will aid in keeping your pinkies warm, and you gathering up new skills! Plus, having fun.  nanopod: Hybrid Studio is a professional artist‘s working studio. The studio is small (nano) offering an intimate learning experience. Courses run with a maximum of five students and a minimum of three.

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Hand fabricating

metal + glass is our #1 most popular course! This course runs over 8 weeks and introduces people to various Goldsmithing techniques; hand sawing and piercing (drilling) metal (fabricating), sizing, forming, sweat soldering, joint soldering and pick soldering, bezel setting a stone, simple rivets, carving wax for Lost wax casting, casting with cuttlebone, working with vitreous enamels, and flame-working.  Leave this course with several really nice pieces of work and maybe a new obsession 🙂  Our next metal + glass course starts in January and is already filling up!

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Flame-working

Fire + Gravity is the next course offered that fills fast! Learn how to sculpt beautiful Italian, German, Chinese and American handmade glass (Bullseye, Northstar, Alchemy, Momka, Trautman, Parramore), in a flame! Over 12 weeks you learn how to shape, form, and sculpt, soft glass. Work with metal foils, meshes, and frit come to terms with gravity and heat control! Eventually moving into ‘harder’ glass (Bullseye), add decorative stems to wine glasses, and spend the last weeks working with borosilicate glass- reducing flames/oxidizing flames, making simple marbles (implosions, swirls) and off-mandrel pendants and sculptures. 3 student max. Register for the upcoming January course!

Glass fusing
Fused Glass Powders

Fused Glass Components for Jewelry, Wearables & Functional items, is another winter warmer! Glass Fusing is truly amazing. The creative options are seemingly limitless. You can create functional items like: plates, dishes, bowls, glasses, vases, sconces, etc., to incredibly delicate art, wall pieces, small objet, jewelry, sun catchers. Fused glass can include graphics via decals, screen printing, lithographic techniques, hand painting. Fused glass can be organic or highly machined.  If any of this interests you I highly suggest visiting the Bullseye glass website for inspiration! And, register for nanopod’s Glass fusing workshop! 🙂

Lost wax glass casting
Lost wax glass casting

Last on the list of Winter Warmers (but definitely not least!) is nanopod: Hybrid Studio’s exclusive Ars Vitraria Experimentalis aka Glass Casting. The only workshop if its kind in Toronto (outside of a University setting) and highly informative.  All manner of casting glass is discussed, and experimented with! From recycling wine, beer and glass water bottles to casting with gorgeous Gaffer crystal (yep, crystal). Students sculpt forms out of clay and wax, learn how to work with dental alginate, and silicone moulds. Embed metal armatures within your sculptures. Various refractory materials are discussed and their uses in glass casting. Steaming out wax, annealing temperatures and finally cold-working glass (how-to in a small studio environment). Glass is quite an amazing material to work with! I recommend this workshop to students working with metals, wood, plastics – certainly sculptors. Anyone interested in process, and creating unique work.

So, Winter 2014 holds many options for creating new work, learning new techniques and skills and keeping warm!

Check out nanopod’s other workshops-  want to make Ring Bands, or Metal 2, or check out what’s happening December 2013 with our guest instructor!

Thanks again for stopping by!