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Tosca Hidalgo y Terán is a part of Nanotopia. She is a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist. Born in San Francisco, California, Tosca relocated to Canada in 2001. Working with metals, computer coding, and animation since the mid-eighties, Tosca was introduced to glass as an artistic medium in 2004. Through developing bodies of work incorporating metal, glass, and electronics, Tosca has been awarded scholarships at The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School and The Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, Metalsmith Magazine, The Toronto Design Exchange, and the Memphis Metal Museum. Most recently, Tosca has been awarded residencies at Gullkistan Centre for Creativity, Nes artist residency Iceland, The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists and the Ayatana SciArt Research Program in Ottawa. Tosca founded nanopod: Hybrid Studio maker space in 2005. Continually exploring new materials and tools, Tosca started collaborating artistically with Algae, Physarum polycephalum, and Mycelium in 2016, translating biodata from non-human organisms into music. Mycelium Network Podcast, iTunes: https://goo.gl/95PdBe Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nanotopia/sets/midnight-mushroom-music http://www.toscateran.com

Metal 2, electroforming/plating, hollowform, casting, fusing, etching workshops in Toronto

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Form • Fabricate • Electroform • Etching • Fuse

6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Thursday evenings  March 13th, 12 weeks- 3 student minimum, 5 max. $180pp + $250 lab & materials fee**    

Demonstrations in fold forming, etching (copper & silver), and hollow forms (making silhouette dies), electroplating, Lost Wax casting and fusing glass small scale items & Sterling settings. 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 independently on their projects.
Starting 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, setting up & casting for lost wax, fusing a small glass colour bar*, and unusual settings with Sterling silver.

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″x 6″ copper, 2 ounces of Sterling silver casting grain, 1 gross of 3/0, 1/0, & 1 doz spiral saw blades. 3″x4″ plexiglass, Silver solder, flux, wax and expendables necessary for (copper) electroforming, casting and glass for fusing.              Use of tools and equipment.  Beginners welcome!

* cold working glass (sawing, fusing, polishing) for use in the Sterling setting portion or students can choose to cast glass. If you’d like to try both options add $45 onto lab fee
** students may opt to work on a project of their choice or just the sections available below.
Electroforming runs for 3 evenings at  $130pp
Lost wax casting runs 4 evenings at $180pp plus $130 lab fee (includes wax for ring or pendant and 2 ounces of Sterling casting grain)
If you have any further questions concerning this course, drop me an email!

register **The Lab & Materials fee is necessary if registering for the full course.

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metal 2 – Electroforming + Plating objects Interested in Electroforming & Plating organic items? Register for the electroforming part of this course (4 spaces available!) Thursday evenings, April 3rd to 24th 6:30-9:30pm $130pp  Students will electroform small items such as twigs, leaves, acorns, pods (iris, poppy) glass beads, crystals, gem stones, fossils, lace, wax models. Students will learn how to set-up their own electroforming/plating space at home or in their studio. How to prepare items to be electroformed: sealing items, adding jump rings, etc. Finishing items: plating with brass, gold*, black chrome, etc., adding patinas, enamelling pieces (however enamelling is not included in this workshop. Students need to bring latex, or Nitrile gloves, a glue gun & hot glue plus items** they would like to electroform/plate. *gold is not included but will be discussed. **items made in this class will be pendants, very simple rings or free standing objects.

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Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!

Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!

 

Metal 2 – Lost Wax Casting Interested in casting your own wax models? Register for the lost wax casting portion of this course (4 spaces available!) Thursday evenings, May 1st thru May 22nd. Lost wax casting runs 4 evenings at $180pp plus$130 lab fee deposit (includes wax for ring or pendant and 2 ounces of Sterling casting grain)

 

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March Metal + Glass Course(s)!

Hello internets! 🙂

It is Tuesday, February 18th and there are 2 spaces available in the March metal + glass course(s). 1 space in Monday, March 3rd and 1 space left for the Wednesday, March 12th start. The next course doesn’t start up until Monday April 28th. Here are some recent student pics to get ya inspired!

Mermaid Stones on Etsy sells these beauties! Labradorite, Untreated, all natural gorgeous stones ready to bezel set!
Mermaid Stones on Etsy sells these beauties! Labradorite, Untreated, all natural gorgeous stones ready to bezel set!

Register online with your Visa, or Mastercard via Paypal or come by the studio Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 5-9pm and pay with Visa, Mastercard or cash!
Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!
Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!

Metal + Glass

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, Bronze 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!

Hand sawn, Viking inspired copper piece with Vitreous enamel  Beginning student work!
Hand sawn, Viking inspired copper piece with Vitreous enamel
Beginning student work!

Nano-News

Dear nano-peeps

Due to an amazing turn of events the last 8 week metal + glass course will run starting Monday April 28th (March courses have almost filled) Studio courses will resume in the Fall TBA.

Open Studio will continue and run Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons throughout the year, by booked appointment only.
If you’re interested in purchasing Open Studio time or using what you have please, email me with your interests, questions, etc.

karyn's ring

March 2014 metal + glass

Thought I should update everyone concerning March’s metal + glass courses!

Monday evening’s course has one space left as of February 3rd and Wednesday evening’s course has three spots available as of today as well.

Register while there’s still space available! The next 8 week workshops will start in May. If you have any questions please, email me.

 

Metal + Glass workshops and course update!

The March metal + glass, 8 week courses are starting to fill up- register soon!

This 8 week course covers basic hand sawing, forming and fabrication, soldering (joint, sweat and pic), vitreous enamels on copper, depletion gilding Sterling silver, wax carving and cuttlebone casting, bezel settings, tube setting, rivets (cold connections), simple findings, and flame-working soft glass. All for $275! Materials and expendable included for most projects/processes. Next courses start Monday March 3rd and Wednesday March 12th

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Hand sawn nickel silver with copper and silver inlay
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
karyn's ring
Sterling silver, lost wax cast ring w/tube set 3mm diamond

Working with Polyurethane! Making silicone moulds!

This is a special, one-off workshop with guest instructor: Nick Sainchuk

Don’t miss out! Register today- ALL materials included.

Courses offered
Sterling rings & bezel set stones, vitreous enamel on copper and silver, silicone moulds w/polyurethane, Clay model for silicone mould making or lost wax castings, married metal brass, nickel, copper and Sterling ring, flame-worked glass sculpture

Electroforming organic and non-organic objects!

This is an amazing process! Grow metal onto acorns, bone, glass, plastic, wax.

In this workshop students will grow copper onto various materials they bring into class. The layer of copper is thick enough to stand on its own. Depending on the material electroformed, students might later plate, paint, heat patina, or add vitreous enamels to this surface adding more texture and interest. 3 spaces available for this workshop. Register under the Metal 2 course!

Plastic-Polyurethane Workshops in the T-Dot (aka Toronto)

Hey look! Fear not! The incredible Kaiju workshops have dates in January and February, 2014! Register now, these are limited edition, special guest instructor led workshops. To register roll over our Workshops & Course link for the sub-menu.

Kaiju [working with liquid plastic] workshop! Sculpt, mould and create your own plastic figurines, wearable art, and more!
Guest instructor: Nick Sianchuk from Nugs.ca
January workshop: Friday evening January 24thth intro 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday January 25 & 26 11am to 6pm
February workshop: Friday evening Feb 21st intro 6:30-9:39pm, Saturday & Sunday Feb 22nd & 23rd 11am to 6pm
3 student minimum, 6 Student max., $180pp +$105 materials & lab fee

– how to think like a Kaiju
– design concepts, and bringing ideas to life!
– make a one-piece, open-faced block mould
– make your own simple two-part mould
– learn how to cast, tint, add colour to your work
– tips on how to set up your own little casting factory in your basement, garage or over at Mom’s house.

Registrants receive kits that include silicone mould material, polyurethane plastic, clay, armature materials (if your piece(s) call for this), mixing containers, tints and dyes. Nitrile gloves will be available for use, and half face particulate masks, however, students are encouraged to bring in their own respirators if they own one.

The $105 materials & lab fee is your deposit towards this workshop. The remaining fee is due the first Intro evening. Please leave a note with your registration for which workshop you’re signing up for, Jan or Feb, Thanks!

nanopod: Hybrid Studio
322 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON
647-780-4478
http://www.nanopod.tv
nanotopia@me.com
This illustration of "Flaming Monster Gamera" (from An Anatomical Guide to Monsters) reveals eyes that can see in the dark, arms strong enough to lift and throw a 50-ton boat, and "fire sacks" that let Gamera shoot flames from his hands.
This illustration of “Flaming Monster Gamera” (from An Anatomical Guide to Monsters) reveals eyes that can see in the dark, arms strong enough to lift and throw a 50-ton boat, and “fire sacks” that let Gamera shoot flames from his hands.

Jewelry, metalsmithing, glass, mould making and plastic classes in Toronto

Courses offered
Sterling rings & bezel set stones, vitreous enamel on copper and silver, silicone moulds w/polyurethane, Clay model for silicone mould making or lost wax casting in metal or glass, married metal ring of brass, nickel, copper and Sterling, flame-worked glass sculpture

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!

nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers workshops in metal-smithing (gold-smithing, silver-smithing), glass flame-working, casting, fusing (lost wax, and slumping), mould-making, working with polyurethane resins in downtown Toronto! 

Our next metal + glass course starts up Wednesday, January 8th and currently has 3 spaces available! Register today!

A special Plastics workshop is scheduled with guest instructor Nick Sianchuck for the weekend of January 11th- Don’t miss out – Register today!!

Open Studio starts up for 2014 on Thursday evening January 16th, and will run Saturday afternoons during January and February!

Electro-forming workshops start-up February. If you’ve always wondered how to electro-form and plate gold/brass onto organic objects- this is it! 

Questions concerning dates and how to register for the upcoming Electro-forming workshops? Drop me an email or comment below!

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