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March/April> Special Afternoon workshops

March/April experiment: Running afternoon courses.  3 partipant minumun for workshops to run, however, class sizes are small in order to offer focussed attention. Please email the studio if you have any questions concerning these classes.

Metal working mash-up:

Etching copper/bronze & fabrication: Hand-drawn and/or digital images. Hand-sawn, formed, soldered copper and sterling silver.
Hydraulic press: creating simple dies towards building hollow-forms (salt & pepper shakers?, Lockets, unusual shadow-box pendants?
Electro-formed organic/non-organics: Grow copper over wax, wood, stone & more!
Married Metals: Creating patterns incorporating copper, brass and sterling silver that have the appearance of being one.
Dates: Monday & Wednesday, March 4th to March 27th, 1pm to 4pm $300/pp Includes: copper/bronze, etchants, etching expendables, die making materials, plating solutions and ingredients towards mixing your own conductive paints.  This course has filled. 

Ring Band workshop & Metal + Glass course!

Ring Band Workshop: Saturday afternoon, February 2nd, 1pm-4pm $88/pp includes all materials to construct a beautiful, wide band sterling silver ring! Learn how to properly measure your finger(s), work with a Jeweller’s saw and blades, add textures with hammers, stamping tools and rolling mill. Form, solder and finish! Fun for parties! 🙂



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

Almar’s cuttlebone cast from a 4/wk course in Iceland

Metal + Glass 4-week course Starts up March 4th and runs – 8 evenings. Monday & Wednesday 6:30-9:30pm  $285/pp  

Or make a deposit towards the course and/or *Lab fee (*Optional) below.

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 a small piece w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver or Bronze.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, which are cast off-site. Waxes for metal casting are weighed and calculated (*sterling runs $2.50/grm. Lab fee includes 20grams of sterling silver casting grain). Lo-tech casting with Cuttlefish bone.

evening #5: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.

evening #6: Clean-up lost wax castings, discuss bezel-set stone designs/projects.

evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enamelled 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 enamel powder is included, silver solder to complete class projects, wax, 10 grams of sterling silver for casting in cuttlebone, 1 doz saw blades, 1- 1mm drill bit.  Students are encouraged to supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

Additional materials not included: cabochon cut stone(s), sterling silver sheet/plate for setting stones on/constructing other pieces.

The lab fee offers tools and materials for students to continue projects at home and start setting up their own studio.
Lab fee $150.00 (optional) what it includes:
adjustable jeweler’s bench pin, jeweler’s saw frame, 1 gross (144) jeweler’s saw blade assortment, 10 grams of sterling silver casting grain, 2″x2″ sterling silver plate.
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Metal + Glass 4-week course Starts up November 5th

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

Almar’s cuttlebone cast from a 4/wk course in Iceland

Metal + Glass 4-week course Starts up November 5th and runs – 8 evenings. Monday & Wednesday 6:30-9:30pm  $285/pp Pay in full or put down a deposit. December dates below. 

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 Metal. Waxes for metal casting are weighed and calculated (*sterling runs $2.50/grm. Lab fee includes 20 grams of sterling silver casting grain). Lo-tech casting with Cuttlefish bone.

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

Etching, Electro-forming, Enameling, Plating, Anodizing workshops in Toronto

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Tuesday evenings starting July 14th
6:30-10pm 
9 weeks, 1 evening per week
$430pp 3 student minimum, 6 student max. Deposit of half down required to hold space & secure materials*

This series of workshops covers various methods of adding image and color to metal.

Etching(& deep etching): apply images to copper & Sterling silver

Using pens & computer printed imagery participants etch metals with ferric solutions and salts to nitric baths. Create contrast with Liver of Sulphur.

Deep etch copper and inlay with silver. Participants will deep etch copper pieces and fill the impressions with silver, through sanding/filing create a uniform surface.

Electroforming: grow copper onto organic forms. Gradually grow copper over natural forms, wax and glass, that can then be plated with gold or silver solutions or enamel these copper forms with vitreous enamel (glass powders).

Plating: brush plating and pen plating are covered. Participants plate their electro-formed objects.

Anodizing: working with Titanium and/or Niobium participants learn how to apply color to metal using electricity. Anodized work can be stitched, riveted or linked to copper/sterling silver.

No experience necessary!

ALL materials included: Copper & Sterling for etching, etching/plating solutions, wax for sculpting items to be electro-formed, Titanium kit for anodizing, etching resists.

Students supply organic materials for electro-forming: acorns, pods, leafs, glass beads, etc.

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[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]
METAL + GLASS CAMP

10am to 2pm Monday thru Friday
June 15th to June 26th
July 27th to August 7th
$575 includes all materials, selection of stones and fossils for setting, wax, saw blades, glass, and more!

6 student max, 3 student minimum to run. Ages 13 on up are welcome! Deposit of half down required to hold space. remaining amount due the 1st day of camp.

This ‘camp’ covers many aspects of metal-smithing and working with cast glass objects. Participants receive copper for FOLD forming, sawing/fabrication, enamel on copper, riveting (Sterling silver will be available for purchase towards more elaborate projects, though not mandatory) Cuttlefish bone ring band casting, lost wax casting of glass, learn how to cold connect and simple prong/tab settings for your glass castings or pick from our fossil collection and turn that into a pendant! Participants leave with a new set of skills, and a minimum of 5 to 6 pieces created by hand. No experience necessary!

Register today!
June Metal + Glass Camp

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July/August Metal + Glass Camp
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Metal 2: Casting, Etching, Electro-forming in Toronto

Metal 2 is almost full!
1 space left as of March 7th!
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Form • Fabricate • Electroform • Etching • Fuse

6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Thursday evenings March 20th, 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! Register online!

nanopod: Hybrid Studio’s -metal + glass- course has started to fill up! Next 8 week course starts up Monday, April 28th. Further info, and how to register can be found here!