2 spots available for Metal + Glass & Steel Stamp workshop

Steel stamps, Chasing & Repoussé tools & how to use them! Thursday evenings, April 12th thru 19th 6:30pm – 9:30pm
$175 per person, ALL materials included.

Make your own mark! Learn how to create stamping tools for decorative use, and chasing/repoussé tools traditionally used in making dimensional forms/decorations in copper, silver, gold for use in armour, architectural designs, and jewellery.
Students will spend the first evening designing and making their stamps and chasing/repoussé tools. The 2nd evening learning how to use these tools working with copper, a cast iron pitch pot and German pitch. Demonstrations in how to transfer pitch to their pots, transfer designs/images to metal, and through hammering/chasing these images will appear as low relief in the metal. Students will also have time to make a simple copper pendant using their decorative stamps made the 1st evening! Copper will be used in this workshop. Note: students receive a pitch bowl/pitch, copper for projects and a minimum of 12 stamping tools. Students leave the workshop with their copper practice pieces, stamps made from the first evening and the basic knowledge to continue forward. Hammers sold separately, but are available for use during class.

Further information can be found here.

 

Learn how to form, fabricate, solder, set-stones and more in our 4 wk Metal + Glass course.

4 week or 8 week course, choose your start-up time below.

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Sterling silver lost wax cast forms, vitreous enamel, Kiln formed glass with sandblasted symbols, married metal dome ring sterling silver, brass and copper

Metal + Glass courses are offered evenings Monday & Wednesday.

Metal + Glass 8 week course. April 4th start. 6:30-9:30pm Wednesday evenings. Please see description below. 

8 wk

 

 

 


METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Monday, April 9th  $285pp 

evening #1: First evening: working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures.

evening #2: Making a ring band 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 $2.50/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’s included:
Approx 4×5” piece of copper sheet, 2’ copper wire, sterling silver for 1 ring band, fine silver bezel wire to set 1 cabochon cut stone. Glass is included for casting/flame-working (whatever method is covered), silver solder to complete class projects, wax, bronze/brass for lost wax casting (20grams) & powdered vitreous enamel, 1 doz saw blades, 1 1mm drill bit, 1 half face particulate respirator, nitrile gloves, refractory materials for casting moulds.  Students are encouraged to supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

Additional materials not included: cabochon cut stone(s), sterling silver grain for lost wax castings, sterling silver sheet/plate for setting stones on/constructing other pieces.  Sterling silver casting grain may be purchased at $2.50gram.

The lab fees offer tools and materials for students to continue projects at home and start setting-up their own studio. Lab fee 2 (kit) Option 2 Please see below class descriptions for what is included in this option.
Lab fee 1 $125.00 (optional) what it includes:
adjustable jeweller’s bench pin, jeweller’s saw frame, 1 gross (144) jeweller’s saw blade assortment, 15 grams of sterling silver casting grain, 1 3×3” sterling silver plate
Lab fee 1

 

 

**Please read our FAQs & policies 

Metal + Glass February 4 week course & the zombie apocalypse

Metal-smithing use to be considered a trade. More than constructing luxe, designer jewellery working with metal; sawing, piercing, forming, soldering, carving, teaches skills to build shit that could save your life- in the event the zombie apocalypse actually happens. Clasps, knives, buckles, swords, chains, containers, armour. Fix things. Use hammers. Know how to use a torch a join two pieces of metal.

For real, I am not joking here.

Also, GLASS. Vitreous enamel coats metal. Take your bathtub. Or a Butcher’s tray- vitreous enamel fused onto metal. Often steel. In my course you use copper and/or silver. Lost wax casting into metal or glass. Rivets- rivets are used to generally hold materials together that cannot take heat (metal and plexiglas, for instance). They can of course be decorative, too.

So, if the world turns Mad Max or into a messed up version of Rick Grimes and the Saviours- you can be prepared to upcycle metal and/or glass into usable, functional items. Save the world.

METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Monday, February 5th $285pp (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat)

 

 

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 $2.50/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!  More details in the Metal Workshops section. 

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

February 5th-28th- 

 

 

Give gifts that keep giving!

That’s a lotta G’s there. 😉 However, it is true. When you gift a friend or family member a workshop or course it is not a one off deal! Your friend/loved one learns a new skill(s). In fact, in our 4 week Metal + Glass course they will learn a new skill EVERY night! And often, many topics, methods and techniques are shared in once evening. That’s awesome!
Gift certificates towards workshops and courses can be found under our Holiday Cards button above, in our menu. Or click here.

OR you can customize a Gift Certificate and make it a One of a kind learning experience! Just shoot me an email (quickly, if this is a Christmas thing!) and I will draw up a special certificate for you to gift. 🙂 Easy.

Otherwise, have the best weekend evah! It is snowing, Toronto! Woo HOO! Crazy carpets, sleds and snow-people building days are upon us, at long last!

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Holiday stuff!

Happy Holidays! Here are some crazy hours to find us in the studio this week & next.

Wednesday evening, Dec 13 – while we have a workshop taking place, we will be open 4pm-9pm. Thursday, Dec 14/Dec 21st: we are around for Open Studio (6:30pm-9:30pm) and Tuesday afternoon, Dec 19th 12-6pm

then…. give us a shout via email if you would like to pop-by and grab a Tardigrade pendant, or Gift certificate

We now accept Debit at the studio! And, as usual Visa/Mastercard, Cash or eTransfers.

Thank you for your support and shopping local!

Oct-November Lost wax casting metal or glass. Kiln-forming glass. Ring band & Flame-working classes & more!

Glass Kiln forming workshop  Nov 3, 4 & 5, 11th $300pp+(optional) lab fee  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. 1st Friday evening overview demonstrates the Vitrigraph kiln/flameworking cane/murrine.  Students will learn kiln forming towards making window pieces, bowls/plates, sculptural, wearable items and more! Students work with Bullseye glass, frit/powder, rod and stringer OR have the option (casting only) with gorgeous Gaffer crystal.    No experience with glass is required for this course.
Friday evening 6:30-9:30pm: Introduction/demonstration of vitrigraph kiln and flame working cane/murrini for use in kiln forming glass.
Saturday afternoon (noon to 6pm): Students have the opportunity of hand pulling cane/murrini at the torch. Students build models from clay, wax patterns, moulds using alginate and more, set-up the kiln for kiln forming/casting/pate de verre.
Sunday afternoon  (noon-5pm): Students learn how to work with refractory materials to hand-build moulds, mother moulds, weigh for glass. Models are steamed out of moulds and set-up in the kiln(s).
Saturday afternoon (noon to 5pm): Students return to de-invest their models, cold work their glass by hand.
Lab fee (optional): $100 covers Gaffer crystal colours*, metals, & expendables
Students are emailed concerning glass colour choice, otherwise everyone works with clear glass.

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flame working
Flame-working

Flame ON!Next workshop starts Tuesday evenings Nov  14th 6:30-9:30pm  $130pp includes materials-

 Class runs 3 evenings.
This workshop introduces students to the basics of mandrel-wound (soft) 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
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 Learn how to form, fabricate, solder, set-stones and more in our 4 wk Metal + Glass course. Metal + Glass courses are offered afternoons and evenings Monday & Wednesday. Ring band & Wedding band workshops, Lost wax casting silver, alloys, etc. Please see below for our current schedule.

METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Next course starts-up Monday, Oct 2nd or Monday, November 6th $275pp (deposit of $137.50 to reserve seat)

 

 

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: 

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.


Monday October 2nd or Nov 6th  6:30-9:30pm (deposit of $137.50 to reserve seat) Please leave a Paypal note concerning the start date you prefer, or email the studio.

 

 


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

 

 



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 Tuesday evenings starting October 10th 6:30-9:30pm $350pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $175 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 and/or bronze. 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 discusses 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

spiral saw blades

Nitrile gloves

Particulate masks

2 ounces of Sterling silver

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

Casting organic materials will be discussed. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while others require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.

 

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

Ring band workshops

Sterling silver Ring band workshops taking place Thursday evening, October 19th $88pp

Learn how to properly measure your finger(s), layout your pattern and hand cut, form, forge a sterling silver ring band! Demonstrations on adding textures via hammers, stamping tools, and Rolling Mill add inspiration. Finishing techniques; brush, satin, rustic and high mirror polish and leave the workshop with a beautiful sterling silver ring or set of 3 thin stacking rings*!

Participants learn how to hand saw, add texture, form, solder and finish their rings in this super fun workshop! All materials included. Sterling silver for 1 wide band ring or sterling silver for 3 stacking rings, or a combination of sterling copper and bronze for stacking rings.

Thursday evening Oct 19 6:30-9:30pm 

 


Please read our FAQs & policies 

 

Pâte de verre workshops in Toronto

Bowls just coming out of kiln

Pâte de verre workshops – noon to 3:30, 12 student max.  $85pp  Sunday, June 18

Participants learn how to fill a pre-made mould of a small bowl with glass paint, glass powder and fine glass -frit-, the moulds are then fired and participants *return to the studio to divest and finish their bowls. 
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. 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. 

2nd Option: Same workshop only you sculpt your own bowl and learn how to build a refractory mould! This option teaches how to mix refractory materials, differences in mould materials available, working with water based clay to form bowls. Sunday, June 18 noon to 5pm (*return date to be determined during workshop).

 

 

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

** Hey there! SoOOoo, yesterday this discount went out to our subscribers here and through Mail Chimp and posted all over… Apparently the post says 25% off but the text reads: 20%… ??? Super sorry for our confused typo but there’s a bonus in it for anyone that was about to hit the Buy Now button – YOU do receive 25% off!  

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

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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15% off anything in the nano-shop!

2 days left to purchase gifts or any workshop or course & receive 15% off your order!

ENTER2017 is the code at check-out. Please visit http://tosca.bigcartel.com/products to apply the discount code. Interested in a class that isn’t listed here? Email me by January 1st to register and I will apply the discount for you. 🙂

Happy New Year & new skills!

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Gleðileg jól, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & New Year from Iceland!

As some of you know I have been living/working in Iceland since early September 2016. Due back mid-January to reignite nanopod: Hybrid Studio!

My gift to you is a 15% off coupon code. Enter the following at check-out to receive 15% off any item, workshop or course listed in my Big Cartel shop, now to December 31st at midnight! ENTER2017

This coupon code only works through my personal webShop here,  http://tosca.bigcartel.com  (Paypal doesn’t directly offer discount buttons). Remember to enter ENTER2017 at check-out!

Takk Fyrir! Hope to see you in the New Year

xo

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