Lost wax casting, Stone setting, Enameling, Ring Bands & more in Toronto

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Cuttlefish bone castings: sterling silver


Well, here’s some badass news! Starting August 17th the Metal + Glass course will include lost wax casting from start to finish!

What exactly does that mean? You might wonder. It means that now participants will not only learn how to work with ‘jeweler’s wax’ but they will also learn how to invest and cast their models using the centrifugal casting machine in house! That is going to equal lots of thrills and chills 🙂 Fun times and mega skills. The price of the course is going up a little, just $5.00 and also includes 1 ounce of Sterling silver casting grain. Adding in house casting opens up a lot of possibilities folks! Can’t wait to see who signs up for this new course offering. 😀

Below are full details, images and links to go register! Any questions? Please email me.


Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate

4 week Metal + Glass: Next course starts up Monday, August 17th or Fall start, September 14th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register below)
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.
Half down required to hold space $142.50

evening #1: First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing.

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 silver in house.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, invest models

evening #5: One by one each participant casts their flasks and starts cleaning their pieces.

evening #6: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals. Clean-up metal castings

evening #7: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.

evening #8: Finish up projects

No experience necessary! Register here (link takes you to a Square check-out page)

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

Deposit of half down required to hold space. Registrants will be invoiced prior to first evening of course.

Vitreous enamel on copper
Vitreous enamel on copper


What is included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper
Solder to complete projects in class
1 dozen 3/0 saw blades
1 oz of Sterling silver casting grain
Glass powders
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment




Lost wax cast rings



What participants need to supply:
Half face respirator or particulate mask
Cabochon stone or fossil, crystal
Sterling silver sheet for bezel setting (optional)
Apron (optional- available for use at studio)
Safety glasses (optional- available for use at studio)

Ma découverte enthousiaste du four Vitrigraph

L’an passé, j’ai eu l’honneur de recevoir une bourse de la GAAC, la Bourse de Projet  2013. Cela m’a permis d’approfondir ma passion pour la représentation artistique de l’histoire naturelle et la réalisation de lieux imaginaires à travers la recherche, la création et le développement de l’art des baguettes au Vitrigraph et des murines. Habituellement, le murine et les baguettes se travaillent en atelier de soufflage ou de chalumeau. Mon but était d’obtenir un effet similaire au travail des murines et des baguettes à chaud, mais en bien plus petit, à l’échelle de l’orfèvrerie. Lorsque je travaillais les murines et les baguettes au chalumeau, je ne suis  jamais parvenue à obtenir l’effet (ou peut être la qualité) escompté.

Au départ, j’espérais pouvoir employer de façon améliorée mon four AF138. Mais ce four ne pouvait pas dépasser la température de 1300°F. Pour travailler les baguettes au Vitrigraph, il faut une température entre 1600°F et 1680°F.


Le four Caldera de Paragon est prévu pour le Vitrigraph et peut atteindre des températures au-delà des 2300°F. Après plusieurs mois d’essais et d’erreurs répétitives, et grâce au soutien généreux de la GAAC, j’ai enfin commandé un Caldera.

En attendant que le Caldera arrive, je me suis amusée à envisager différents assemblages. Pour assembler, il faut un pot en céramique ou en terra cotta avec un trou à sa base. C’est la façon dont le verre est assemblé, ainsi que le nombre de pièces/couches de verre (verre concassé ou baguette), qui déterminent  le motif des murines. 33 à 36 disques allant de 3 à 6 po de diamètre sont nécessaires pour remplir un pot.

4_bullseyeExamples_TeranTosca_2013Projectgrant-640x619The above excerpt is from the Canadian Glass Art magazine concerning my 2013 GAAC Project Award. The article appeared in the December 2014 issue and I encourage you, fair readers, to please check it out! Meanwhile, I am teaching a Glass Fusing course August 8th & 9th 2015 out of my studio in Toronto. While this workshop doesn’t cover Vitrigraph pulls it will cover working with glass powders and slumping forms, as well as bezel setting your small fused glass pieces and forging a ring band! $225pp Includes ALL materials

Glass Fusing components for jewelry, and wearable art plus, making a ring band and bezel-setting glass!
Saturday: Learn how to cut various glass shapes, paint glass, work with powdered glass and stringers
How to properly build your glass pieces for fusing.
Annealing cycles are discussed and journaled as well as Slumping, Tack fusing temperatures and other kiln forming techniques.
Sunday: Items are taken out of the kiln/annealer and cleaned, cold working is demonstrated with the diamond saw, and simple hand-cold working methods.
Participants then bezel set one of their fused pieces as well as learn how to form, and solder a sterling silver ring band!
Sterling silver pendant backs and special glass adhesive are included.

DIY Handmade Ring Band Workshops Toronto

Jp & Kirsten's engagement rings. Sterling silver
Jp & Kirsten’s engagement rings. Sterling silver

Ring band workshop
3hrs $85pp
6 student max per workshop/session
Next workshop dates are: Saturday, July 4th or July 18th
Commitment rings, engagement rings, friendship rings or a ring for yourself! This workshop will introduce students 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! #DIY


Dinah & Stephanie's commitment rings. Sterling silver
Marcilyn & Zoe’s commitment rings. Sterling silver

Learn how to properly size your finger, calculate the length of metal necessary, add various textures using hammers, stamping tools, or add the texture of a leaf, fabric 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, amazing ring band} NO experience necessary. Book a private workshop for a birthday party!

Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

Register today with a friend!  Link takes you to our Square check-out page.

Have any questions concerning these workshops please feel free to email me!


Metal & Glass classes in Toronto

Hello! Hey, part of nanopod: Hybrid Studio’s website is moving to a new host- please bare with us during what we hope to be a painless transition or at least, relatively so. The reason behind this move (we love you WP, honest!) is Square integration and ditching Paypal. As well as eventually ditching Etsy. Yep, you read that here first!
Buh bye, Etsy.

what our Weebly looks like
what our Weebly looks like

Our workshop and course page link will take you to http://nanopodstudio.weebly.com where you can buy a class seat and/or purchase items designed, created and hand-built at nanopod studio! All with your credit card, using the same system we use at the physical studio, which is: SquareUp.
Meanwhile, we are still up and running wild here at WP while the DNS goddesses help us move it on over.
Here is what’s going on at nanoHQ in downtown TO:

cropped-header1Casual Taxidermy is back in Toronto at nanopod: Hybrid Studio July 11th & 12th! Seating is limited and spots fill up fast so, buy your seat today! Clicking on the link opens a new page.

Summer into Fall classes! (already, I know…)

Metal 2: Etching– Anodizing- Casting

Tuesday evenings starting July 14th (1 space available!)
9 weeks, 1 evening per week
$430pp 3 student minimum, 6 student max. Deposit of half down required to hold space & secure materials* or pay in Full up front.

4 week Metal + Glass: Next course starts up Monday,  August 10th or September 14th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register through link above)
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $280 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.