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New Year DIY Workshops in Toronto!


(psst, these workshops make incredible OOAK gifts!!)

Email for gift certificate info

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 5.22.06 PMResin casting, mould-making workshops with Nick Sianchuk
Sculpt, mould and create your own plastic figurines, wearable art, and more!

Saturday, January 17th 2015 10am to 6pm, $185pp

Learn how to cast polyurethane resin using silicone/flexible moulds. You’ll make Open Face (1 part) and 2 part molds and use them to create plastic reproductions. The instructor will help you select objects that can be molded, and how to complete the moulding and casting process. Personal projects are welcome, but there will be a limit to project size.



All materials included; silicone mould material, polyurethane plastic, clay, mixing containers, tints and dyes, nitrile gloves will be available for use. Participants will create at least 3 pieces

Everyone needs to bring in their own half-face respirators for use when pouring/mixing polyurethane.



Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

Ring band workshops 1-4pm $85pp 6 student max per workshop/session Next workshop is Sunday, January, 25th  This is perfect for newly engaged folks. Take the class together and learn to make your own custom wedding bands! In this class you’ll be introduced to simple goldsmithing skills of sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, texturing, annealing, stamping, polishing, safety, and design. By the end of class you will have a beautiful handmade Sterling silver ring! Learn how to properly size your finger, calculate the length of metal necessary, add texture to metal using different hammers, stamping tools, or add the texture of a leaf, feather or paper. How to anneal Sterling silver, form, solder, and finishing techniques from hyper shiny bling to a brushed, matte finish. All materials included! {Sterling silver for 1 ring band} NO experience necessary.




Pate de Verre Sugar Skulls, adornments, objects! 6:30-9:30pm Tuesday, Jan 13th  (6 student max, 3 student min) Register today! $110pp ALL materials included.

Working with glass powders students can make feathers, leaves, various shapes and designs. Create gifts for the holidays, ornaments, jewelry, sculptures. This workshop is a great introduction to pâte de verre, which uses granules of glass to create sculptural forms. Students will make clay models and plaster/silca moulds that will then be painted/packed with glass. Pâte de verre methods and design options are demonstrated. 2 to 3 items are produced.

Student pieces will then be kiln-dried and back-filled if necessary prior to a final firing.

October 22



brit1 Day workshop in electroforming and plating crystals, geodes, glass beads and more!
January 24th, 10am to 5pm $140pp

Learn how to electro-form copper onto wax, crystals, geodes, fossils, and glass then plate over the copper with gold. Agate slices, crystals and glass beads will be available for experimentation. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own stash of shells, crystals and small items.
All materials included! Register today. Email for gift certificate info.

metal + glass camp, Toronto

July is generally a month where people go away to their cottages, travel abroad, or just seem to take time off from hard labour 😉 why not take this time to learn new skills?! DIY, Handmade!

Metal + Glass Camp! runs Wednesday thru Friday afternoons starting July 16th-August 1st
11am-5pm and includes the 8 week course offerings, the Metal 2 offerings as well as the studio’s Fusing workshop and Glass casting course offerings. WOW!

Learn basic golds-mithing skills such as: sawing/piercing, forming/fold-forming, hand forging a ring band, bezel-setting stones, lo-tech casting, carving wax & working with alginate moulds for lost wax casting glass & metal, flame-working glass, cold-working glass, working with vitreous enamels, etching copper/sterling silver, fusing/slumping glass, and more! Materials fee includes: a 3″x 3″ piece of 16 gauge Sterling silver plate, 16 gauge 12″x 6″ copper, Sterling silver casting grain, 1 gross of 3/0, 1/0, & 1 doz spiral saw blades, Silver solder, flux, wax and expendables necessary for etching, casting and glass for fusing.  Use of tools and equipment.  Beginners welcome!  This course is open to ages 14 on up

$550 +$180 lab fee ($275 is required as deposit towards the Metal + Glass camp, lab fee and remainder is due on the first day of class)

Interested in registering? Please fill out the form on this page with any questions you might have concerning the metal + glass camp, or Register online via Paypal, or at the studio with cash, Visa or Mastercard!





metal and glass

Metal 2, electroforming/plating, hollowform, casting, fusing, etching workshops in Toronto

metal 2
Form • Fabricate • Electroform • Etching • Fuse

6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Thursday evenings  March 13th, 12 weeks- 3 student minimum, 5 max. $180pp + $250 lab & materials fee**    

Demonstrations in fold forming, etching (copper & silver), and hollow forms (making silhouette dies), electroplating, Lost Wax casting and fusing glass small scale items & Sterling settings. This course gives students hands on experience manipulating metal, electroforming, and embellishing metal, while sharpening soldering and fabrication skills working on personal projects. Students will work together and independently on their projects.
Starting out with an introduction on techniques covered, expectations, design considerations, and ends with students finishing off fold formed samples/pieces, an etched hollow form, electroforming organic/inorganic objects, setting up & casting for lost wax, fusing a small glass colour bar*, and unusual settings with Sterling silver.

Fast paced, students need to show up ready for action! Materials fee includes: a 3″x 3″ piece of 16 gauge Sterling silver plate, 16 gauge 12″x 6″ copper, 2 ounces of Sterling silver casting grain, 1 gross of 3/0, 1/0, & 1 doz spiral saw blades. 3″x4″ plexiglass, Silver solder, flux, wax and expendables necessary for (copper) electroforming, casting and glass for fusing.              Use of tools and equipment.  Beginners welcome!

* cold working glass (sawing, fusing, polishing) for use in the Sterling setting portion or students can choose to cast glass. If you’d like to try both options add $45 onto lab fee
** students may opt to work on a project of their choice or just the sections available below.
Electroforming runs for 3 evenings at  $130pp
Lost wax casting runs 4 evenings at $180pp plus $130 lab fee (includes wax for ring or pendant and 2 ounces of Sterling casting grain)
If you have any further questions concerning this course, drop me an email!

register **The Lab & Materials fee is necessary if registering for the full course.


metal 2 – Electroforming + Plating objects Interested in Electroforming & Plating organic items? Register for the electroforming part of this course (4 spaces available!) Thursday evenings, April 3rd to 24th 6:30-9:30pm $130pp  Students will electroform small items such as twigs, leaves, acorns, pods (iris, poppy) glass beads, crystals, gem stones, fossils, lace, wax models. Students will learn how to set-up their own electroforming/plating space at home or in their studio. How to prepare items to be electroformed: sealing items, adding jump rings, etc. Finishing items: plating with brass, gold*, black chrome, etc., adding patinas, enamelling pieces (however enamelling is not included in this workshop. Students need to bring latex, or Nitrile gloves, a glue gun & hot glue plus items** they would like to electroform/plate. *gold is not included but will be discussed. **items made in this class will be pendants, very simple rings or free standing objects.





Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!

Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!


Metal 2 – Lost Wax Casting Interested in casting your own wax models? Register for the lost wax casting portion of this course (4 spaces available!) Thursday evenings, May 1st thru May 22nd. Lost wax casting runs 4 evenings at $180pp plus$130 lab fee deposit (includes wax for ring or pendant and 2 ounces of Sterling casting grain)