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

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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

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Holiday Metal + Glass Gift Certificates!

nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers workshops and courses working with Metal and Glass. Our workshops cover basic to intermediate metalsmithing, goldsmithing and silversmithing. Lost wax casting of metal and/or glass, Glass fusing (kiln forming), and flame working glass using a torch!

Gift certificates are available and can be purchased online, or email us to arrange a special, custom workshop for your loved one. Clicking on an image will take you to our Metal or Glass page for our upcoming class schedule.


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Lost wax cast ring, with setting
Pate de verre bowl
Pate de verre bowl
Hand sawn, fabricated, formed w/bezel setting
Hand sawn, fabricated, formed w/bezel setting
Ring band workshops
Ring band workshops

Early Fall end of Summer workshops at nanopod studio!

ringRing band, Bezel & Prong setting classes

Available dates/times:
Tuesday, August 30th 6:30-9:30/10pm & Thursday, Sept 1st 6:30-9:30/10pm  or
Saturday, Sept 3rd afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
or Winter classes:
Saturday, January 28th afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
Saturday, February 4th afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
$285 per person

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Please add date choice in note

 

 

 

Workshop includes:
fine silver bezel wire
wire for prong-like settings, bails
solder
saw blades
3”x3” 18ga sterling silver sheet

Students supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

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! bezel settings

Register with 3 or more friends and receive 10% off (each seat).

 

Incredible ring bands & stone setting

New workshop dates added! Working with hand tools saw, solder and form ring bands using hammers and special steel stamps then create a bezel setting and set a beautiful cabochon cut stone!

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 cabochon cut stones ready to bezel set!

These workshops are being offered as evening and afternoon intensives. Includes all materials: Cabochon is extra* or bring your own! Register for 1 of these workshops under our Metal section in our menu.

Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate

What is included in this workshop:

sterling silver for 1 ring band and bezel-cup

Fine silver bezel wire

Copper for practicing and/or overlay designs

solder/consumables

*Students need to supply their own cabochon cut stone or purchase one from the studio. Studio cabochon stones range from $25 to $85 per stone. And sizes vary between 10mm to 40mm

Intermediate to advanced soldering, Glass Fusing, Entomology; Spring into Summer workshops & Courses in Toronto

fusingGlass Fusing workshops
Thursday or Friday afternoons,  starting April 1st, & running April 7,8, 15, 21st or 22nd 1pm-5pm $130pp
This 4-hour class introduces many fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. After a brief overview, students will make an 8″ x 8″ fused and slumped plate or bowl, enjoying a wide range of glasses to choose from. Small wearable pieces will also be made; students will learn how to cut circles, ovals, rectangles, squares and more! Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later. No experience necessary! Please add your choice of date in a note when checking out.



 

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Wednesday, April 6th- runs Wednesday evenings Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week. – $275 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min. Deposit of $137.50 to hold space Register by March 28th.

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

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

March course

April course

 

 

 



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Tips, tricks and technique! Weekend intensive workshop
Friday evening April 1st intro 6:30-8pm, noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday April 2 & 3rd, 9th & 10th – pricing options below. 
-Working with silver solder coupons students will learn sweat soldering, joint soldering, pick soldering
and working with silver solder in wire form.
-Working with a little propane/oxy torch and a larger Hoke torch
– Constructing a hollow-form ring with stakes, hammers and bezel setting a large cab
To cover all of the various soldering techniques/grades students will construct a hollow-form
ring. Large oval or round cabochon stones will be set. Multiple stone settings are optional.
Each day runs 5 hours in length.
Students have the option of coming in to work on their project (lots of sawing!) during Open Studio on Tuesday and Thursday evening between the course.

Evening intro: Course goals/objectives are discussed, students look at soldering demos, inspiration. Start to layout patterns and designs for sawing.
1st Afternoon: Students layout their designs and start sawing them out. Once designs have been sawn out, sanded/filed, cleaned up- sweat soldering designs onto ring blanks begins.
2nd Afternoon: Continuing sweat soldering, forming of ring blanks begins, inner ring is formed. Joint soldering begins (wire solder introduced), students continue truing their rings, forming, and clean-up.
3rd Afternoon: Bezel ‘cups’ are constructed and soldered into place. Filing, sanding and rings are starting to be cleaned. If students are ready to set their stones- quick pendants can be made on this afternoon practising soldering techniques.
4th Afternoon: Rings are ready for patination and polishing, stones are set. Final polish! Early group dinner?

What’s included:
Flux
Titanium pick
paper
instruction
Student’s need to supply (see pricing options below) :
3”x3” 16 or 18 gauge sheet (for hollow-rings)
silver solder 1/4 oz coupons & 1/2oz wire:
hard
medium
easy
Large oval (within 40x25x6mm) or round (within 30mm), high-dome cabochon

For this workshop students have the option of bringing in their own supplies (listed above & mandatory!) or purchasing the course with a ‘kit’ that includes items listed. Please note that these materials will only be purchased when you purchase the ‘Full monty’ option.

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No monty $185pp


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Full monty $380pp

 



IMG_20130823_200719Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : kiln casting workshop
4 Sessions: Saturday &  Sunday afternoons, noon – 5:30/6pm, Next course starts March 19th $430 includes materials. 
This course is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass. Using the lost wax casting process and/or Pate de Verre, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal inclusions. Packing moulds with glass, casting and annealing cycles, working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces.  Students will learn how to hand finish pieces; grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of Kiln casting and Pate de Verre.    Participants create recycled glass tiles, pate de verre objects, lost wax cast sculptures and more.   No experience necessary!  Size max 18cm in any direction. Deposit of $215 required to hold seat.

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.

What’s included:
1.5 kg of glass
alb silicon& plastics necessary for mould building (determine if you will need more through the online material calculator)
Refractory materials
Wax
Nitrile gloves
n95 Particulate respirator
Cold-working consumables

 

 



 

Hollow-forms, lockets, basic prong settings, photo etching and fusing metals – register by March 22nd 

9 weeks, Starting April 5th $380pp includes all materials necessary for projects. Build a hollow-form pendant/ring and construct a locket with hinge and locking mechanism. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs.  Etching copper/brass and Sterling silver. Working with photos, computer renderings and hand drawn images students will learn various method of applying imagery and working with mordants to etch into metal.

Materials included:

•Sterling plate 3″x 3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)

•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)

•Sterling wire & tubing

•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting

•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges

• Consumables: solder, drill bits, emery paper

• Consumables necessary for etching various metals

Students are welcome to bring in their own found items, cabochons, etc., to use in their projects.

Deposit necessary to hold space $190

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Entomology (from Greek ἔντομος, entomon “insect”; and -λογία, -logia) is the scientific study of insects, a branch of zoology.
nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers workshops as well as insect pins, spreading boards and some insects for sale in Nanotopia.
Upcoming summer 2016 workshops

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Friday evening August 26th Beginning Entomology; Beetles & Moths 6:30-9:30pm $80pp, limited class size 20 people  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, 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.

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the assorted insects used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers. If there are any excess specimen left, they will be available for students to take home for practice and future use.

Students go home with their own prepared beetle & moth, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, 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.



spiderSaturday afternoon August 27th  Beginning Entomology; Arachnids $90pp 12pm-3pm, limited class size 20 people  btn_buynow_LG

In this beginner’s class, students will learn everything about basic arachnid preparation and preservation. 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. 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. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays.

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the arachnids used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.

Students go home with their own prepared arachnid specimen, a spreading board that can be used for future project, a small rehydration chamber, a simple display case, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.

Spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.


 

Work with your hands

Work with your hands! Create unusual, powerful, amazing wearable art.

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, January 11th- runs Monday & Wednesday evenings – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person

Participants learn foundation: metal fabrication, soldering, forging sterling silver ring bands, bezel/prong setting cabochon stones, wax carving & lo-tech casting of bronze/sterling silver, lost wax casting and/or fusing (kiln forming glass), rivets, working with vitreous enamels, & more!
3 spaces available as of Thursday, January 7th- sign up today! 

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