Ring Band Workshops in Toronto

Ring band workshops
Ring band workshops

Ring band workshop, Saturday, Sept 3rd 12pm-3pm $88.50pp

Learn how to properly measure for your finger, handsaw, anneal Sterling silver, add texture with hammers, steel stamps, or Rolling mill. Form, solder and finish to matte or high polish and leave this workshop with a beautiful sterling silver ring band!

All materials included: Sterling for 1 ring band. No experience necessary!




Metal 2 {work with copper & sterling silver}
Winter class:
Thursday, January 19 start $260  + $125 lab fee – 4 week course

Please ad date choice in note

Workshop includes:
wire for prong-like settings, bails
various solder
saw blades
3”x3” 16ga sterling silver sheet

Students supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

Form, fold, hammer, bend, fuse, using the jeweller’s saw as a design tool; create unusual forms and settings. Get up close and personal working with copper and Sterling silver. Students learn how to anneal and work harden their metal. From constructing one of a kind rings, settings, bracelets, brooches and pendants students leave with beautiful, handmade creations and the knowledge/skills to build more work!

Resource list of suppliers is included. bezel settings

Register with 3 or more friends and receive 10% off (each seat).

Screenshot 2016-04-27 09.35.37METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, January 23rd and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, – $275 per person or include ALL materials with an extra $125 lab fee.

Each workshop covers a different process in Goldsmithing: fabricating, forming, soldering, enamelling, bezel setting, carving wax to be cast in Sterling silver or bronze/brass, lo-tech casting in the studio, with cuttlefish bone, rivets, and finishing your work. Lab fee includes 3inch x 3″ 16 gauge sterling silver plate, jeweller’s saw frame and bench pin, gross of saw blades, 10grams of casting grain.

First evening starts off with hand sawing out designs in copper.

Please contact the studio via email with any further questions.

with lab fee $275
without lab fee $275




deposit towards course with lab fee
deposit towards course with lab fee

Skeleton Articulation Workshop in Toronto

Thursday evening’s class sold out, but there’s still a chance to make your own amazing display and learn how to articulate a skeleton!
Bat Skeleton Articulation Workshop with guest artist, Wilder Duncan 14103015_10100291847352403_5041021705743327027_o
Saturday afternoon 12pm – 3pm
Honestly, I wouldn’t miss out on this opportunity Toronto! We are excited that Wilder has traveled up to Canada to hold these workshops at nanopod: Hybrid Studio. Wilder is a resident taxidermist with the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn and teaches this unusual workshop and skills through the museum as well as at Paxton Gate in San Francisco. We are honoured to have him!

Register online through Paypal using Visa or MasterCard. Take the class with a friend, this workshop also makes an incredible birthday gift!

Reserve your seat
Reserve your seat






In this class, students will learn how to create an osteological preparation of a bat in the fashion of 19th century zoological displays. A cleaned bat skeleton (Pipistrellus abramus), a glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all necessary materials will be provided for each student, but one should feel welcome to bring small feathers, stones, dried flowers, dead insects, natural elements, or any other materials s/he might wish to include in his/her composition. Students will leave the class with a visually striking, fully articulated, “lifelike” bat skeleton posed in a 10″ tall glass dome. The class will focus on teaching ancient methods of specimen preparation that link science with art: students will create compositions involving natural elements and, according to their taste, will compose a traditional Victorian environment or a modern display.
7 seats available, reserve your spot today.  Looks like fun!14138103_10100291847447213_2781261296674759343_o

Early Fall end of Summer workshops at nanopod studio!

ringRing band, Bezel & Prong setting classes

Available dates/times:
Tuesday, August 30th 6:30-9:30/10pm & Thursday, Sept 1st 6:30-9:30/10pm  or
Saturday, Sept 3rd afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
or Winter classes:
Saturday, January 28th afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
Saturday, February 4th afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
$285 per person

Please ad date choice in note
Please add date choice in note




Workshop includes:
fine silver bezel wire
wire for prong-like settings, bails
saw blades
3”x3” 18ga sterling silver sheet

Students supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

Learn how to measure, fabricate and form ring bands, bezel/prong set cabochon stones, saw, and solder. Texture your metal designs using hammers, stamping tools, roller print (using lace, paper cut-outs, leaf skeletons, hole punched paper, etc), annealing and work hardening your metal. Students leave with beautiful, handmade creations and the knowledge/skills to build more work!

Resource list of suppliers is included. Reserve your seat(s) soon! bezel settings

Register with 3 or more friends and receive 10% off (each seat).


Fantastical Beasts & Where to Make Them!

Mythological Fantastical Beast!
Mythological Fantastical Beast!

Mythological Dino Bird Taxidermy Workshop • August 28th 12pm-6/7pm $380pp $170 deposit to reserve seat.

Create your own Fantastic Beast! Class size limited to 6 – Beginner to Intermediate Deposit of $170 required to hold your seat    3 seats remain 19/08/16

In this intensive workshop, we will cover all the basics of taxidermy, focusing specifically on small bird taxidermy with Bantam Chickens. The basics of skull cleaning and wet specimen will also be discussed. Taxidermy is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, and this class will be divided as such, giving students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the process at their own pace.
 The first half of the afternoon will focus on deconstruction. After a review of basic bird anatomy, with a focus on skeletal structure, muscle groupings, and identifying feather growth patterns, students will use this knowledge to approach their specimen. After getting comfortable with the tools to be used, we will cover the skinning techniques unique to birds, learn how to work with delicate skin, how to repair holes if any are made, and how to clean wing and leg bones in preparation for assembly. Students will also learn the importance of thoroughly fleshing and degreasing/washing, with tips on how to ensure a skin is totally clean in order for preservatives to work effectively. Tracings, measurements, and patterns will be made from the carcass. Students can choose to take their carcass home for dissection or creating a wet specimen (instructions will be provided).
The second half of the workshop is all about constructing your Gaffs; Mythological bird or Dino-bird. Students will custom build a body form, based on the anatomical tracings they made as well as working with pre-tanned small mammal/bird hides (rabbit, squirrel, pigeon, etc)., using the traditional technique of wrapped body. We will cover how to create a stable armature for the finished gaffs when wiring the wings and legs. Students will also learn how to sew for taxidermy, with a focus on smooth and hidden stitches. We will also cover grooming, carding, and drying techniques based on the finished pose desired.
Antlers, glass eyes, and horns will be available for students to customize. Small sterling silver, and bronze crowns, claws, cast crystal antlers/horns will be available for purchase. Students are encouraged to bring in their own items; armour, clothing, saddles, etc., for their mythological or Dino-bird.
Reference photos for finished standing, sitting, and flying poses will be provided for use and inspiration in class via tablet or smartphone, although students are encouraged to bring their own. Instructions for care and maintenance will be given, and students will be instructed on how to do final finishing work after the mount dries, such as sculpting eye rings and airbrushing.

The instructor will be providing demonstrations of each step, and allowing students plenty of individual attention and opportunities to ask questions. A supply and resource list will be emailed to students. We will also cover the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other applicable laws for working with birds and legally obtaining specimens. It is advised that students bring a bag or small box to transport their finished pieces..

The birds used in this class are humanely sourced, they are naturally deceased or a byproduct of the food industry.

Morphos & Jewels Workshop

Back & Front view
Back & Front view

ENTOMOLOGY 101: Morphos & Jewels {Beetles & Moths) Friday, August 26th 5-8pm. Lecture/demo 5-6pm  $75 for full workshop 5-8pm $20 for 1/hr lecture/demo Eventbrite - Entomology 101 Beetles & Moths

Workshop is being held at: 239 College St, Toronto • Toronto Public Library – Lillian H. Smith Library. Closest major intersection College Street and Spadina Ave.

In this class, students will learn everything about basic insect preparation. We will discuss harvesting and drying specimen, rehydrating dried specimen, and in class we will practice handling techniques, spreading, mounting, the nuances of posing, display, and maintenance. An assortment of ethically sourced insects; Beetles, moths and butterflies, in various sizes, shapes, and colors will be provided. Students will learn how to put together and maintain their own rehydration chamber, things to check for during all stages of the process to ensure a clean and successful end product, and tips for gentle handling. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays. Students receive 1 Riker mount for their specimen, 1 set of insect pins & 2 insects.

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.

Students go home with their own prepared insects, one Riker mount display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins.and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box or display case to transport their pieces. Wooden spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.

Spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase. ** Insects for this workshop might include Leaf insects, Stick insects, Mantis, Horned beetles, Hawk Moths, etc., rest assured there will be an amazing selection to choose from (participants can choose 2 insects to work on)! 299217

Pre-workshop lecture and demonstration can be attended for $20 per ADULT, $5 per child (10-18). Lecture/demo fee can be added towards either of the full workshops offered! Full workshop includes 2 insects (a variety to choose from!) one Riker mount display, the pinning/spreading board made during class, resource list as well as 1 set of insect pins.

Other unusual insects will be available for purchase before and after the workshops! Tea, coffee and water will be available during class. Lecture/Demo and workshops are taking place off-site at 1101 Bloor Street West at the Toronto Public Library Bloor/Gladstone branch.
Adult tickets (lecture only): Eventbrite - Entomology Lecture & Demo Adult tickets

Child tickets (lecture only): Eventbrite - Entomology Lecture & Demo Child tickets

proud member
proud member

Proud member



Metal + Glass 4 Day Camp

IMG_6767Metal + Glass 4 day Camp! August 15 to August 18th  1pm to 4pm daily. $200pp

This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal ..  have fun learning new skills.

Everyday covers a different technique
Safety in the studio and working with various materials is covered with each new process.
Day 1: Work with vitreous enamel painting/sifting images on copper that will be fused in a kiln.
Day 2: Draw pictures onto brass or copper and learn how to etch metal (like circuit boards) and turn these images into pins/brooches.
Day 3: Working with found items: flat rocks, drift wood, twigs, bottle caps, broken ceramic bits students learn how to hand drill and rivet with metal tubing and turn their finds into charm necklaces/bracelets.
Day 4: Finish up projects.

What’s included:
Copper for forming, rivets, and making bracelet blanks
Brass for etching
Glass enamels
Glass for kiln forming
Various copper, brass and bronze wire

Use of tools and equipment.
* Salt solutions are used for etching. The studio works with green alternatives whenever possible. Students will not come into contact with any harmful chemicals. Particulate masks are worn when working with glass powders. At no time are the students working with fire, or dangerous materials.
Parental consent forms are sent via email upon registration. Recommended for ages: 12-100+

Reserve your space today! 4 seats remain!  Eventbrite - Metal + Glass Day Camp


Ladies, Gentlemen, Terrestrials extra & odd! Nanopod: Hybrid Studio is offering a giveaway towards Katie Inamorato’s amazing Jackalope Shoulder Mount workshop! This workshop is taking place Saturday evening, August 27th. Here’s your chance to learn from a highly skilled, professional artist-taxidermist. Do not miss out on this opportunity!

Jackalopes are fierce creatures! Roaming the Southwestern United States. Their horns rumoured to contain magical powers, their gaze causing hallucinations.

This giveaway is for 1 Seat in our upcoming August 27th workshop. 

JACKALOPE WORKSHOP GIVEAWAY! In order for your name to be added to the list* Follow us on Instagram @nanopodstudio • leave a comment on our last post and Follow (@Afterlifeanatomy, @Bloodyberrylicious & @RueMorgue)  Then SHARE (regram) the Jackalope Giveaway info to any of the following: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter • Make sure to include the following tags and hashtags with your post/regram:  @nanopodstudio #taxidermy #toronto #Jackalope • for your chance to win!

*names will be entered into a Random Name Picker
May the odds be ever in your favour!