Metal + Glass individual workshops

The studio is offering individual workshops in metal forming and fabrication/soldering, ring band forging, kiln forming or flame working, bezel setting stones, carving wax, lo-tech casting, etching metal, cold connections and more!

Each workshop runs 3 hours and includes materials necessary to cover the projects. No experience necessary! Afternoon hours 1-4pm or Evening hours 6:30-9:30pm

Please see workshop schedule below:

Monday, May 15th or 29th- Form, fabricate (saw, drill): working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures. Make a pendant, cuff bracelet or a couple of rings. Heat colouring the copper, sweat soldering is covered. $88pp includes saw blades, drill bits, 2″ x 4.5″ piece of copper, silver solder. 

 



Ring band workshops

Wednesday May 17 or May 31st- Ring band workshop: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.) Learn how to properly size, measure your finger, anneal sterling silver, joint solder, form and finish a beautiful sterling silver ring! $88pp includes all materials to complete 1 ring band.

 

 



Monday, May 22nd or June 14th- Kiln & Torch fired Vitreous enamel: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings. Saw, add texture, form a pendant, add powdered glass enamel. $88pp includes enamel and 2″x2″ piece of copper, saw blades, drill bits. There is no soldering in this workshop.  

 

 



Wednesday May 24th or Monday June 19th-  Bezel set a cabochon stone or flat bottomed crystal: Learn how to bezel set stones working with fine and sterling silver. Pendants are made in this workshop. $88pp includes all materials for 1 pendant.

 

 



Wednesday May 24th or Monday June 29th- Bezel set a cabochon stone or prong-set a crystal/fossil: Learn how to bezel set stones working with fine and sterling silver. Rings are made in this workshop $125pp includes all materials for 1 ring with a bezel OR prong set crystal/fossil. Materials available for use include; bronze, sterling silver. A ring incorporating both metals is allowed! 

 



Register for the entire 4 week series starting May 29th: $275pp Again: zero experience necessary! 

 

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday May 29th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 12pm to 3pm or 6:30-9:30pm 

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!).

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)

Wax

Solder

1 dozen 3/0 saw blades, *1 gross selection of Jeweller’s 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.

Cinco de Mayo- Professional Activity Day- Pâte de verre workshop

Cinco de Mayo– Professional Activity Day- Pâte de verre workshop

Pate de verre – glass – sugar skulls

10am to 1:30/2pm, 12 student max. SOLD OUT  Special Activity Day price: $85pp

Participants learn how to fill a pre-made mould of a small bowl or skull (think sugar skull), these pieces are then fired and participants return to the studio to divest and finish their pieces. 
Materials included, no experience necessary!  
 

Students learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kiln formed bowl or Skull. Students have access to a broad palette of coloured frit (crushed glass) and samples to help predict and understand fired qualities. Demonstrations include various techniques of working with glass powders against the mold, working with color reactions, as well as how to back-fill a packed mold to support the walls of the piece during firing. 

Special price for Cinco de Mayo – Professional Activity Day!

Pate de verre bowl

4 week Metal + Glass course May 29th

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday May 29th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 12pm to 3pm or 6:30-9:30pm 

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)

Wax

Solder

1 dozen 3/0 saw blades, *1 gross selection of Jeweller’s 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.

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May 29th to June 21st ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


June 26th to July 19th 2017 ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


Optional Lab Fee (includes items above with *): $125

 

 

 



Casting with Cuttlefish Bone! 3/hr workshop Wednesday May 3rd 6:30-9:30pm $88pp

Lo-tech casting using Cuttlefish bone as a mould material. Students will be casting with sterling silver or recycling gold*  Carving with simple tools, fixing the mould, pouring and cleaning/finishing their pieces. Rings can be made, pendants, charms. Sterling silver is supplied *gold students bring in jewellery they no longer wear and would like to turn into something new!

 

 



screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-12-16-36-pmLost wax casting course- sculpt wax, make moulds, cast your objects in Sterling silver* 4 weeks Monday & Wednesday evenings starting July  6:30-9:30pm $550pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $275 to reserve seat deposit_button

In this course students carve/sculpt jeweller’s wax making a ring or a pendant that will be cast in Sterling silver using the Vacuum casting process. Burn out casting will be discussed, and low-tech casting methods will be discussed and demonstrated.

Students will learn how to make moulds for wax injection/production work. Casting stones in place, such as: diamonds, sapphires, meteorites and certain lab grown stones will be discussed/demonstrated.

The first evening starts with an introduction to various jeweller’s wax, carving tools, subtractive and additive sculpting. Students then discuss their design ideas and begin to carve/sculpt their pieces to be cast.

The second evening demonstrates how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, or wood

Each evening covers a different part of the Lost Wax process into finishing work to a high polish or brushed finish as well as working with patinas.

14k red gold ring
14k red gold ring

What’s included:

Various wax for carving and sculpting

Silicone kits for mould making

spiral saw blades

Nitrile gloves

Particulate masks

2 ounces of Sterling silver

*students wishing to cast in gold will be given supplier information.

Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws
Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws

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20% or 25% off – that is the question! DIY Beginning metal + glass course

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Special 4/20 discount! Register for the April 24th course & receive 25% off

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday April 24th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm

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)

Wax

Solder

1 dozen 3/0 saw blades, *1 gross selection of Jeweller’s 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.

April 24th ($275pp -20% until April 22nd)

 

 


May 29th to June 21st ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 



June 26th to July 19th 2017 ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


Optional Lab Fee (includes items above with *): $125

Special 4/20 discount! Register for the April 24th course & receive 20% off

Special 4/20 discount! Register for the April 24th course & receive 20% off

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday April 24th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm

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)

Wax

Solder

1 dozen 3/0 saw blades, *1 gross selection of Jeweller’s 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.

April 24th ($275pp -20% until April 22nd)

 

 


May 29th to June 21st ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 



June 26th to July 19th 2017 ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


Optional Lab Fee (includes items above with *): $125

Lo-tech casting, Taxidermy, working with bones & more!

Casting with Cuttlefish Bone! 3/hr workshop Wednesday April 19th 6:30-9:30pm $88pp

Lo-tech casting using Cuttlefish bone as a mould material. Students will be casting with sterling silver or recycling gold*  Carving with simple tools, fixing the mould, pouring and cleaning/finishing their pieces. Rings can be made, pendants, charms. Sterling silver is supplied *gold students bring in jewellery they no longer wear and would like to turn into something new! No experience necessary!

 

 

 

 

 



Ring band workshops

Saturday April 29th: 1pm-4pm Ring Band workshop– make a sterling silver ring band. $88ppbtn_buynow_LG

Learn how to properly size your finger (thumb), pinkies and create beautiful rings! Adding texture using hammers, stamps and/or the Rolling mill. Then forming, annealing and soldering is covered as well as various finishing techniques. Sterling silver for 1 ring band is included! No experience necessary!

 

 

 

 

 

 



Wilder Duncan’s Bat Skeleton Articulation Workshop – Thursday, Oct 12 or Saturday Oct 14th or Sunday Oct 15th 2017 – 12pm Early registration $270pp – Reserve your seat with a deposit of $135

 

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. No experience necessary!

 

Thursday evening, Oct 12th start time 6:30pm

 



 

Saturday Afternoon, Oct 14th start time 12pm

 



 

Sunday Afternoon, Oct 15th start time 12pm


March Break taster workshops

March Break 13-17, 2017 Taster workshops!

fusingTuesday March 14: 1pm-4pm or 6pm-9pm Glass terrarium workshop $88ppbtn_buynow_LG* 

 


Wednesday March 15: 1pm-4pm Glass bead workshop $88pp btn_buynow_LG

 


Thursday March 16: 1pm-4pm or 6pm-9pm Glass terrarium workshop $88pp*btn_buynow_LG

 


Friday March 17: 1pm-4pm Glass Fusing workshop– pendants! $88ppbtn_buynow_LG

 


Saturday March 18: 1pm-4pm Ring Band workshop– make a sterling silver ring band. $88ppbtn_buynow_LG

 

metal + glass March Break! Handmade, diy workshops include; flame working mandrel wound glass beads, stained glass terrariums, kiln-forming glass pendants and hand forming a sterling silver ring band! All materials included in price. No experience necessary! Small glass terrariums include 1 succulent, soil and river rocks to start-up your miniature terrarium world. Sign up for 3 workshops for $250.  Please email the studio if you have any questions concerning these workshops. 12yrs on up allowed! * Please leave note in Paypal checkout with your preferred workshop time (1-4 or 6-9pm)

3 workshop package 1: terrarium, glass beads, ring band workshop:

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3 workshop package 2: terrarium, kiln-forming, ring band workshop:

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3 workshop package 3: terrarium, glass beads, kiln-forming:

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Young Multidisciplinary Artist Metal + Glass camps Toronto

img_6767Nanopod studio’s super special Multidisciplinary Metal + Glass art camps are back this July and August 2017.

Metal + Glass Camps are about enjoying and nurturing young artists and crafters, making all kinds of art and building skills together. Kids will be in the studio and Bickford Park this summer creating and exploring new art techniques and mediums through individual and group multi-media projects. Every Artist will take home amazing artwork and create a personal sketchbook for recording, planning and drawing throughout the week.

Each Metal + Glass camp week is different with unique projects and experiences. Guest teachers will be visiting Nanopod studio and sharing their special talents and knowledge. Kids will explore different materials and methods throughout each week. Working with paper, clay, metal, glass and upcycling materials!

We’ll have a great time and learn a lot!

Every Friday we celebrate our week’s end with a healthy pizza lunch*.

Every day will include fun creative time, outdoor time, games and a walk.

Multidisciplinary Metal + Glass art camps

Ages 7 – 12, Monday – Friday 10 AM – 3PM $290.00 + HST per child / 5 days

JULY 10 – 14  

•Making Sketchbooks, Colour Theory, Class Mosaic (different theme each week)

•Story tiles: Draw a picture/transfer it into glass

•Learn how to work with copper adding textures, stamping designs- make a butterfly or bee pendant

•Butterflies & Bees! Paint a butterfly & Bee mural on glass!

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glass_fusingpic-1JULY 17 – 21

•Making Sketchbooks, Colour Theory, Class Mosaic (different theme each week)

•Making seed bombs of love. Tracing leaves and printing on glass

•Dragonflies! Make a copper dragonfly pendant or charm

•Dragonfly themed glass panels: fusing glass

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AUGUST 7 – 11

 

•Making Sketchbooks, Colour Theory, Class Mosaic (different theme each week)

•Selfies in glass: Fuse glass tiles with a portrait of yourself!

•Make a glass terrarium and painting on stones

•Cicadas! Make a Cicada out of copper

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•Making our Sketchbooks, Colour Theory, Class Mosaic (different theme each week)

•Make insect charms out of wire

•Fireflies! Make a firefly themed paper lantern

•Leaf Prints on glass

•Glow in the dark glass! Make a window charm that will glow at night!

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All materials included! No experience necessary!

Please bring a packed lunch & snack along with a water bottle each day except Friday. Fridays include a healthy pizza lunch (pizza will be gf, veggie with vegan option). Parents will receive Consent & Safety forms to read over with their child, sign and bring with them the first day of camp!

The Buy Ticket Button will take you to our SquareUp payment page where you can choose which camp to enroll in, sign up for all 4 and receive 25% off!*

Questions? Please email us at: nanotopia@me.com

 

Lost Wax Casting Course Toronto


screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-12-16-36-pmLost wax casting course- sculpt wax, make moulds, cast your objects in Sterling silver* 4 weeks Monday & Wednesday evenings starting July  6:30-9:30pm $550pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $275 to reserve seat deposit_button

No experience necessary! 6 student max.

Deposit of $275 to reserve seat deposit_button

In this course students carve/sculpt jeweller’s wax making a ring or a pendant that will be cast in Sterling silver using the Vacuum casting process. Burn out casting will be discussed, and low-tech casting methods will be discussed and demonstrated*.

Students will learn how to make moulds for wax injection/production work. Casting stones in place, such as: diamonds, sapphires, meteorites and certain lab grown stones will be discussed/demonstrated.

The first evening starts with an introduction to various jeweller’s wax, carving tools, subtractive and additive sculpting. Students then discuss their design ideas and begin to carve/sculpt their pieces to be cast.

The second evening demonstrates how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, and wood

Each evening covers a different part of the Lost Wax process into finishing work to a high polish or brushed finish as well as working with patinas.

14k red gold ring
14k red gold ring

What’s included:

Various wax for carving and sculpting

Silicone kits for mould making

spiral saw blades

Nitrile gloves

Particulate masks

2 ounces of Sterling silver

Cuttlefish bone to try lo-tech casting

List of local suppliers and course handbook

 

*students wishing to cast in gold will be given supplier information.

Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws
Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws

April Entomology workshop at nanopod studio Toronto

Back & Front view
Back & Front view

ENTOMOLOGY 101Morphos & Jewels {Beetles & Moths) Friday, April 7th 6:30-9pm Lecture/demo starts at 6:30pm  $75 for full workshop 6:30-9pm  btn_buynow_LG

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.  (participants can choose 2 insects to work on)! 299217



Lecture and demonstration can be attended for $25. Lecture/demo fee can be added towards the full workshops offered if you change your mind (if space is available)! 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, water and snacks will be available during class.

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