August workshops & courses at nanopod: Hybrid Studio in Toronto

Looking to rent space in a glass casting, fusing, flame working and gold-smithing studio? Open Studio time resumes September 18th. Book time during the afternoon or evening Tuesday thru Saturday! Meanwhile, workshops and courses start-up with Ring Band workshops Saturday, September 20th 11-2pm   register

 

 

Jp & Kirsten's engagement rings. Sterling silver. Ring Band workshop
Jp & Kirsten’s engagement rings. Sterling silver. Ring Band workshop

 

Lost Wax Casting course starts-up Thursday evenings, September 18th thru October 16th. Register soon there’s only 2 spots left

Metal 2 – Lost Wax Casting Interested in casting your own wax models? Thursday evenings, August 28th thru September 25th. Lost wax casting runs 5 evenings at $180pp plus $130 lab fee (includes wax and 2 ounces of Sterling silver casting grain) Design, sculpt and carve a 3-dimensional ring, or pendant then, learn how to invest and cast your wax in Sterling silver. Finishing your castings through sanding, filing, and polishing.

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New workshop dates for Ring Band workshops, Glass Casting, and more!

Happy July!
Ok. So I’ve returned from traveling throughout the States! Seattle to San Francisco to Taos, and Santa Fe, New Mexico! Check out where I went and what I visited while away, here.
The studio is undergoing some major shifts and changes as I prepare for the Fall and (possibly) a new venture. Not to worry! The studio will still hold workshops, courses and Open Studio time, however, some of these workshops will be scaled back, and only scheduled when enough interest is gathered. That said, here is the current schedule for Ring Band workshops and Ars Vitraria (glass casting) workshops for July and August. If these dates don’t work for you please, contact me to have your name added to my Fall/Winter workshop list.
Thanks!

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Sterling silver ring bands

Ring band workshop 11am – 2pm $85pp 6 student max per workshop/session Next workshop is Saturday, July 26th  or Thursday evening, July 24th This is perfect for newly engaged folks. Take the class together and learn to make your own custom wedding bands! In this class you’ll be introduced to simple goldsmithing skills of sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, texturing, annealing, stamping, polishing, safety, and design. By the end of class you will have a beautiful handmade Sterling silver ring! Learn how to properly size your finger, calculate the length of metal necessary, add texture to metal using different hammers, stamping tools, or add the texture of a leaf, feather or paper. How to anneal Sterling silver, form, solder, and finishing techniques from hyper shiny bling to a brushed, matte finish. All materials included! {Sterling silver for 1 ring band} NO experience necessary.

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lost wax cast chilli peppers in glass
lost wax cast shells, corals, and spirals in glass

Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting workshop
August, 22nd start/intro 6:30-9:30pm then Saturday 23, 30 and Sunday 24, 31 10am to 5pm, and Thursday afternoon or evening September 4th (time to be arranged with students).

5 Student max., 3 student min. $500pp Deposit of $200 to hold space.

Glass casting workshop (small to medium scale)
Learn various methods for casting glass. From paper thin to thicker, lost wax models, metal inclusions, and more.

Students will learn how to make moulds from existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax. Hand built moulds and box moulds will be made with various refractory materials.

Students will learn different firing and annealing schedules for casting glass. And simple cold-working without expensive equipment! No experience necessary!
All materials are included. Students are required to bring in their own half-face respirator with particulate filters. Aprons are available for use at the studio, as are all tools and equipment necessary for sculpting, firing and cold working glass, however, students are welcome to bring in their own tools, etc., just make sure your items are marked.

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Deposits:
To register for a class the studio requires a non-refundable deposit of $100 for the Metal + Glass course, $250 for Metal 2, $200 for Glass Casting to hold your spot.
This money purchases materials & expendables for the course. For further information concerning the studio’s policies please read our FAQs.

2 week cancellation notice: Full credit of deposit towards another course
1 week cancellation notice: 50% (or half of the deposit made) towards another course
Last minute or same day cancellation notice: No refund. A credit is possible if the studio receives the remaining course fee the day of cancellation. For instance: metal + glass: $100 deposit, $175 remaining. Ars Vitraria: $200 deposit, $300 remaining