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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!

xoxoxo Tosca giftcetificate

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

Tenth Anniversary for nanopod: Hybrid Studio


Yay! nanopod made it to 10 on Harbord Street in Toronto! OK well, almost.. 😉 The studio turns 10 years old in 2015. Sharing the same birthday as the iPod nano (though we’re not twins) of September 7th, 2005. That said, the studio is planning to celebrate all year! Yep. We are going to offer all our lovely supporters, enablers, friends and potential visitors 10% off towards workshops, courses, studio-made jewelry, objects and ephemera of the bizarre!

Using the tag/code: #NANOME10 share your nano moments* on Twitter @nanopodstudio, Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr for a chance to win a #nanoSwag gift pack for the New Year

3 Winners will be chosen December 27th, 2014! Share often for more chances to win!
nanoSwag gifts: 1 nanoScarf* (100% cotton) with hand screened design. 1 nanoBuckle*: kiln cast glass with hand screened, or painted/decal design. 10% discount towards any workshop or class!

[*doesnt have to be studio related, nanoSwag may differ in colours shown, discount certificate will look different. Winnings will be available for pick-up between December 28th-January 8th! And will be arranged individually]

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