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Below are workshop and course option Gift Certificates. Once you pay for your gift certificate you will be sent to a link where you can download, and print out a pdf of the certificate purchased. Please ensure your Giftee reads and understands how the certificate works (instructions are included in the PDF).
Ring band workshop, Saturday, January 21st 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 + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Wednesday January 23rd, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 5 student max, 4 seats remain- register soon!
2 payment options:
- All inclusive course = $275 plus a lab fee of $125* Deposit of $200
- Regular course $275
evening #1: First evening: working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures.
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 or bronze/brass.
evening #4: Finishing wax projects, Cuttlefish casting (lo-tech) in house.
evening #5: Kilnworked glass. Fuse several glass pieces (buckle, pendant, cabochon for setting later!). Etching copper.
evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.
evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled or Fused glass piece.
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
What is included: (items with asterisk included with Lab Fee)
Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper & *16 ga Sterling silver sheet & wire/15 gr casting grain
Sterling silver for 1 ring band, approx 60mm in length and 1.5mm thick (6mm wide)
1 dozen 3/0 saw blades, *1 gross of 3/0 saw blades
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing *Approximately 1kg of Lead crystal towards a lost wax casting.
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment *Bench pin and saw frame to take home
Students are encouraged to supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc. However there is a small selection of stones for students to choose from.
Read our FAQs & policies
Glass Fusing workshop: Friday afternoon January 2oth noon-3:30pm $130pp This 3.5-hour class introduces many fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. After a brief overview, and a small field trip to the near-by park to collect blades of grass, twigs, leaves-back at the studio observe your specimen under a microscope and replicate your findings in glass! Students will learn kiln forming/carving and make an approximately 5″x7″ window piece or a bowl form (fused/slumped after class) and 2 pendants, enjoying a wide range of glasses to choose from. Items will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later. No experience with glass is required for this course—recommended for beginners.
Flame ON!, Tuesday evenings starting January 24th 6:30-9:30pm $130 per person, includes materials- 3 student max. This workshop runs for 3 evenings.
This workshop introduces students to the basics of mandrel-wound glass beadmaking by the process of flameworking (lampworking) shaping glass at a bench-mounted, surface-mix oxygen/propane torch. Safety is discussed, tools, terminology of glass, and process. Each student will have access to a torch and will melt and form glass using a variety of hand tools.
This is the chance to experience working molten glass! While not a “product-oriented” workshop, there will be plenty of time for students to make a small, but satisfying batch of colourful beads, which are annealed overnight after each workshop, and cleaned before the start of the next class. Class fee includes all materials
No experience necessary! Ages 14 on up are welcome!
Ars Vitraria Experimentalis Starts-up Friday evening, January 28 6:30-9:30pm & runs Saturday and Sunday afternoons 10am-5pm- 5 Student max., 3 student min. $430pp Deposit of $215 required to hold seat. Learn the art of lost wax casting glass, and pate de verre. From paper thin to thicker lost wax models, adding 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 & pate de verre. Hand cold-working without the need of 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.
kiln casting workshop
Size max 18cm in any direction.
Day 1: Replication. Students will make silicone moulds from items they wish to cast in glass. Examples: plastic/vinyl toy/action figure, anatomical models or small branch, unusual vegetable/fruit, seed pod. Items could also be modelled from Sculpey clay and fired ahead of attending the workshop. Glass options are discussed.
Day 2: Wax pouring and hand-built moulds. Students pour multiple waxes from their silicone moulds, refine their wax models (add or subtract). Models are then weighed and various glass options are revisited. Once glass choice is determined pouring gates are added to models and then a silica based refractory mould is built around the wax models. Once moulds set up the wax is then steamed out. Meanwhile, glass is weighed, and cleaned.
-Items are cast & annealed over the week.
Day 3: De-mould kiln castings/cold working Students remove their kiln cast objects and start the cold working process. Various methods and equipment are discussed and demonstrated.
Day 4: Finish cleaning kiln cast objects.
1.5 kg of glass
2lb silicon& plastics necessary for mould building (determine if you will need more through the online material calculator)
n95 Particulate respirator
Special Ring band, Bezel & Prong setting classes
Thursday evening’s starting January 19th
6:30pm-9:30pm 5 evenings
$285 per person
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!
fine silver bezel wire
wire for prong-like settings, bails
3”x3” 18ga sterling silver sheet
Students supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.
Register with 3 or more friends and receive 10% off (each seat).
If you are interested in a more ‘customized’ Gift Certificate please, email me and we can discuss options, interests, etc. 🙂