Happy 2018 20% discount! Metal + Glass and Kiln casting workshops Toronto

Ring in the New Year with new skills! We are offering a 20% discount* on our Metal + Glass course (your choice of January, February or March start-date). Interested in working with glass? We are also offering a 20% discount on our Glass Kilnforming course (Your choice of start-date; Jan, Feb, or March). Discount no longer active

Pay in full or reserve your seat with a deposit. Deposits will be half of the regular total, discount will be applied when remaining amount is paid (at the studio, or via eTransfer).  Sorry, but this discount does not apply to deposits made prior to 2018.

Glass Kiln forming workshop  January 13 & 14th, 21st & 22nd $300pp+(optional) lab fee More date options available below. Reserve your seat with a deposit of $150 
This intensive class introduces fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln either through lost wax casting, Pate de Verre or a combination of the two.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 or alginate 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. While the silicone moulds cure, students build a small bowl form out of clay (add texture/details) and from there build a refractory mould, once set-up the clay is removed and students are shown how to apply glass to the mould a la Pate de Verre. Colour samples are also made on this day.
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.
What’s included:1.5 kg of glass, silicone/alginate materials necessary for mould building, Refractory materials, Wax, Nitrile glove, sn95 Particulate respirator, Cold-working consumablesbtn_buynow_LG
Other dates (leave note or email your choice): February 17th-25th, March 24th-April 1st, April 7th-15th.

*Lab fee (optional): $100 covers Gaffer crystal colours*, Bullseye colours: sheet, billet or coarse frit, metals, & mould kits. Students are emailed concerning glass colour choice, otherwise everyone works with clear glass and coloured frit.


METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Monday, January 8th $285pp (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat) More dates listed below.

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.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, invest models for casting in Glass and Metal (separately) Waxes for metal casting are weighed and calculated (sterling runs $2/grm unless lab fee has been purchased).

evening #5: Cast moulds in sterling silver or bronze! Remove glass pieces from moulds.

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 (asterisk shows what’s included with option lab fee): 

Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper & *18 ga Sterling silver sheet & wire/15-20 gr casting grain in bronze, 10 in Sterling silver (choose 1).

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 clear casting chunk 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.


Monday January 8th  6:30-9:30pm (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat)


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

 


2018 Metal + Glass course dates (Monday + Wednesday evenings):

February 5th-28th- 

 


March 5th-28th- 

 


April 2nd-25th- 

 

 

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


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

Late Fall 4 week course in goldmsithing & silversmithing Toronto

Last course for 2015- learn basic, beginning jewellery skills. Carve wax for lost wax casting, bezel-set stones, make a sterling silver ring-band, form, solder (sweat & joint), lo-tech casting, finishing, working with vitreous enamels, rivets and more! Register by Nov 12th

 METAL + GLASS 4wk: Last course for 2015 starts up Monday, November 16th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings
Full
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min. 

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. 

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

Payment in full is required to hold space. 

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

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)

 

 

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lost wax cast rings
lost wax cast rings
vitreous enamel on copper
vitreous enamel on copper

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Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Hand sawn copper brooch, formed and fused with vitreous enamel
Hand sawn copper brooch, formed and fused with vitreous enamel
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver
Lost wax cast Sterling silver + Glass Coy-Wolf jaw
Lost wax cast Sterling silver + Glass Coy-Wolf jaw
Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

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
Wax
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)

Open Studio Time + Studio Rental

Please note that Open Studio time, studio rental, etc., has been updated to reflect rent increases.
The studio will be closed Feb and April/May 2015. That said, I am currently looking for interested parties/people to keep the studio open/available for OS time while I am away 🙂
The studio is also available to rent during this time.

Open Studio time at nanopod: Hybrid Studio

Work with metal + glass

5 spaces for working on your jewelry related projects using metal, beads, stones, etc.
1 table with rolling mill, anvils, , bench shear, stamps, vice. This table is used for forming.
Separate soldering/buffing-polishing area.

4 kilns for fusing, casting glass projects

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Open Studio time is booked by individual appointment. OS Bench hours are generally held on Thursday afternoon/evenings; noon – 10pm by booked appt.
January 2015 Open Studio hours are booked by appointment.
February 2015 the studio will be closed.
March OS hours may be booked in advance.
April-May 2015 the studio will be closed.

Interested in holding a private workshop, exhibit, pop-up at nanopod: Hybrid Studio? Studio receives 25% of ticket/class sales, with a minimum of 70/100% class capacity. Exhibits/pop-up’s, please email to discuss details.

Private workshop access includes table and chairs for up to 12 participants

(Vendor brings in own materials/equipment).

Full studio rental time with kiln access, soldering equipment, metal working equipment requires an extra deposit.
Please email the studio for further details.

OPEN BENCH[metal]
$15 per hour / 1 hour minimum [does not include instruction or materials/expendables]

[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]
[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]

DIY workshops Toronto

Creeps. Sculpy model that will be cast in Urethane.
Creeps. Sculpy model that will be cast in Urethane. Mould materials used can accept hot melted chocolate or pewter!

Register today and receive 25% off Saturday, January 17th’s workshop!
Participants learn to work with platinum silicone. Added plus, these moulds can be used with melted chocolate and to cast pewter!
Participants receive their own kit of platinum silicone and urethane, half-face respirator, nitrile gloves, and sculpting medium.
10am to 5pm with hour break for lunch $185pp (take 25% off!) includes ALL materials!
Participants make Open Face (1 part) and 2 part molds and use them to create plastic reproductions, or cast chocolate or pewter! The instructor will help you select objects that can be molded, sculpt during class, or work with organic, ready-made sculptures, etc. Once moulds are set pieces are then cast, de-moulded, and finished. Personal projects welcome!

Discount applied at checkout.

Register NOW! 🙂

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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.

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