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Curious Holiday Gift Guide


nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers fascinating gifts and intriguing workshops. If you are still drawing a blank on what to gift your loved ones this holiday season, no worries nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers the unusual, one of a kind and DIY workshop experiences. 

May we suggest a gift certificate towards one of our Guest Artist workshops: 
IMG_3720Friday evening, March 11th: Beginning Entomology; Beetles & Moths 6:30-9:30pm 10 person max. 
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.

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. Mounting its, mounting pins and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.

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.

11002636_796141830460188_776623749082526998_n_701d37ac-eb5d-4874-a850-d90387233a0f_1024x1024Saturday, March 12th noon to 6pm Jackalope shoulder mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate 
Limited class size of 8 people, $340pp

This class will introduce students basic small mammal taxidermy, focusing on the skinning, prepping, and sculpting techniques specific to the face. We will cover splitting lips, thinning noses, turning ears, and other techniques to successfully set a face. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom. We will go through the process of carving busts for each mount, how to attach antlers, and will discuss taxidermy techniques that can be used for projects larger and smaller. Carcasses will be used for reference and available to students if they want them. Further preservation processes will be discussed as well; tanning, mummification, wet specimens, bone cleaning, etc. Everything is supplied and students do not need any prior experience for this class. Each student will leave with their own finished piece and the knowledge to create their own in the future. 

Sunday, March 13th; noon to 7pm Squirrel mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate
Limited class size of 8 people, $440pp

This class will cover both beginner and advanced techniques used in small mammal taxidermy from start to finish. Students will learn proper skinning and fleshing procedures, how to split, turn and position facial features, including the ears, proper dry preservation, and the traditional methods of building a form using wrapped body, carving the head, and the carcass as reference. Students can pose their squirrel in an anthropomorphic or naturalistic style, and are welcome to bring props if they choose. A small selection of props will be provided, and instruction on how to create your own props, such as top hats, monocles, and squirrel sized clothes, will also be provided, along with materials to make antlers, horns, or tentacles. Each student will leave class with a finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.


Or a Gift Certificate towards one of our ongoing, super popular workshops:


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.  Starts up Monday, January 11th

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
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

January course

Sign up before midnight Monday, Dec 14th to receive 20% off 


Unusual wearable items are available in our Etsy store, or contact us and drop by the studio at Harbord & Grace street.


DIY Handmade Workshop Holiday Gift Guide @nanopodstudio in Toronto


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

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 the secrets of plastic casting 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.



Casual Taxidermy; The Art of Skinning a Rat

a lesson in amateur taxidermy with Canada’s, Teta Kika!

Join us for an 8-hour intensive hands-on lesson, in which you will transform a deceased rat into a unique and enduring art object.

Workshop dates to choose from, $200pp 10am-6pm  Please email to reserve your space today!
APRIL 18, 2015 
APRIL 19, 2015 
JULY 11, 2015 
JULY 12, 2015 
OCTOBER 10, 2015
OCTOBER 11, 2015

Reserve your seat today! This link takes you to Teta Kika’s web page where you can choose your date and sign up!


What will I learn?

You will be guided through the steps of skinning, stuffing, posing, and pinning your specimen, all the way through to adding costumes and accessories to the final piece. At the end of the day, you will come away with a figure that is set to begin its curing process.

What do I get?
Each participant will be provided with a student kit that includes:

Nitrile gloves
a rat specimen
bead eyes
stitching materials
and all supplies and the knowledge required to create a finished taxidermic rat.

What should I bring?
No special equipment or supplies are required of participants, but you may want to bring an apron. Although the process is less messy than you might think, it’s advisable to wear closed-toed shoes and clothing you won’t mind getting a bit dirty.

Though we will provide some supplies for posing (fabrics and basic hand-sewing supplies), you may want to bring props and accessories for your finished product. Note: an adult rat is about the size of a Barbie doll, but with a more realistic waistline. Keep this in mind when choosing furniture or props for your piece.

Oh, and bring a box large enough to transport your finished piece. 🙂

The Day’s Schedule:
10AM – 2PM: Skinning and stuffing
Basic hide skinning techniques as related to rats.
During this time, we will go through code of ethics, process of sourcing, preparing, skinning, stuffing and stitching up your new rat.

2PM – 3PM: Lunch Break
Class is located between Bloor & College with plenty of food offerings!

3PM – 6PM Posing, Pinning and Final Touches
We will go through positioning and pinning, drying times and proper care of your new rat. You will have some time to work on your finishing touches.
Reserve your seat today! This link takes you to Teta Kika’s web page where you can choose your date and sign up!




Divya Anantharaman is coming to nanopod: Hybrid Studio Spring 2015

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12pm to 6pm, $300pp
This class is an introduction to the finer details of bird taxidermy, good for both beginners, and those with previous experience! Students will learn everything they need to know to create their very own finished piece of bird taxidermy using a quail or fancy pigeon. This class covers everything from start (raw specimen) to finish (preserved piece) and equips students with the knowledge they need to create their own pieces in the future. Ticket price includes all tools and materials for use in class, including a selection of props, accessories, and bases. Students can choose an anthropomorphic or naturalistic mount. All animals are ethically sourced- nothing was killed for this class. Animals used in this class are all legally obtained discards from the feeder/pet food industry, naturally deceased, or discards from the food service industry.

For further information, and to purchase your tickets please, visit: http://quail.splashthat.com

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April 12, 2015, 12pm – 6pm $250pp
Perfect for beginners, experts, or anyone in between, this class will provide students with materials and instruction to create a totally unique piece of wearable taxidermy! The class will be presented in conjunction with a short review of wearable taxidermy-from prehistoric speculation and shrunken heads, to turn of the century and Victorian fashion, and the modern role of ethics as it relates to animal products in art and fashion. All animals are ethically sourced- nothing was killed for this class. Animals used in this class are all legally obtained discards from the feeder/pet food industry, naturally deceased, or discards from the food service industry.

Using these sources of inspiration, combining historical and modern techniques, students will then design their piece-jewelry, fascinator, or other wearable item. The creations will come alive using the guidance, tips, tricks, and techniques advised by Divya, Morbid Anatomy taxidermist in residence whose wearable taxidermy designs have been featured in NY Mag’s “The Cut” and T Magazines “Top 10 of NY Fashion Week” list. Her past life as a commercial footwear and accessory designer lives on in her passion for wearable art!

In addition to a number of ethically obtained wings, feathers, and pelts, a selection of jewelry findings and hardware will be provided, along with beads, crystals, ribbons, and other decorative flourishes. Although most animal parts provided will be readily preserved and ready for use and manipulation, students will also have the option of cleaning, preparing, and preserving some parts if desired. Students are also welcome to bring their own special findings or fabrics for use in class (please do not bring your own raw or dead animals to class). A great place to let your creativity truly run wild!

For further information, and to purchase your tickets please, visit: http://wearablebirds.splashthat.com