Glass Kiln-forming & Metal working/casting courses November schedule

Glass Kiln forming workshop January 13 & 14th, 21st & 22nd $300pp+(optional) lab fee  This intensive class introduces fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln either through lost wax casting, Pate de Verre or a combination of the two.
Students will learn kiln-forming towards making bowls/plates, sculptural, wearable items and more! Students work with Bullseye glass, frit/powder, rod and stringer OR have the option (casting only) with gorgeous Gaffer crystal.    No experience with glass is required for this course.
Saturday afternoon (noon-1pm-break-1:30pm to 6pm):   Introduction/demonstration of vitrigraph kiln cane/murrini/shapes for use in kiln forming glass. Short break then- Students build models from clay, wax patterns, moulds using alginate and more, set-up the kiln for kiln forming/casting/pate de verre.
Sunday afternoon  (noon-6pm): Students learn how to work with refractory materials to hand-build moulds, mother moulds, weigh for glass. Moulds made and set for an hour can then be steamed out of moulds this afternoon and set-up in the kiln(s).
Saturday afternoon (noon to 6pm): Students return to de-invest their models, cold work their glass by hand.
Sunday afternoon (noon-5pm): de-invest moulds, cold work glass by hand.
Lab fee (optional): $100 covers Gaffer crystal colours*, metals, & mould kits
Students are emailed concerning glass colour choice, otherwise everyone works with clear glass and some coloured frit.

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 Learn how to form, fabricate, solder, set-stones and more in our 4 wk Metal + Glass course. Metal + Glass courses are offered afternoons and evenings Monday & Wednesday. Ring band & Wedding band workshops, Lost wax casting silver, alloys, etc. Please see below for our current schedule.

METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Monday, November 6th $285pp (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat)

 

 

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.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, invest models for casting in Glass and Metal (separately) Waxes for metal casting are weighed and calculated (sterling runs $2/grm unless lab fee has been purchased).

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

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 (asterisk shows what’s included with option 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)

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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.


Monday Nov 6th  6:30-9:30pm (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat)

 

 


Optional Lab Fee (includes items above with *): $125

 

Summer into Fall workshops and courses

Pate de Verre • Lost wax casting with glass • Intensive metal + glass courses! Please scroll down for workshop options. Happy almost summer!

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Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting course
4 Sessions: Saturday afternoons noon – 5:30/6pm, May 30th start-up  or Fall course starts September 26– 5 Student max., 3 student min. $585 includes all materials. This course is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass. Using the lost wax casting process and Pate de Verre, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal and clay inclusions. Packing moulds with glass, casting and annealing cycles, working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces.  Participants will learn how to hand finish pieces; to grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of casting and Pate de Verre.                All materials included. No experience necessary!

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4 week Metal + Glass Next course starts up Monday, June 22nd and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register below)
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $280 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.

evening #1:First evening: working with copper-safety, drilling, sawing, fold-forming.

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, Brass or Gold.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, cleaning up castings> cuttlebone casting (finish up models)

evening #5:NEW: Glass Casting- basic/simple mould making and casting a glass object to use in your jewelry!

evening #6: bezel settings and tab setting for cabochon stones and your glass work. Clean-up glass & metal castings

evening #7:Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.

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 check out some past student work!

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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* or pay in Full up front.

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.

Casting: Learn how to cast your own designs using the Lost Wax Casting process with centrifugal casting equipment. Participants set up their own moulds and are lead through the entire process. Cast stones in place!

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.

Cold connections: Learn various methods of setting stones without a soldering torch.

Fold forming: Learn how to fold form copper. Working with Charles Lewton-Brain’s techniques and research participants will learn via hands-on hammering (!!) various fold-forming methods.

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 casting: acorns, pods, leafs, glass beads, etc.     (please see FAQs)

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METAL + GLASS CAMP

10am to 2pm Monday thru Friday – July 27th to August 7th

$475 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 5 to 6 pieces created by hand. No experience necessary!

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July/August Metal + Glass Camp

 

 

New workshop dates for Ring Band workshops, Glass Casting, and more!

Happy July!
Ok. So I’ve returned from traveling throughout the States! Seattle to San Francisco to Taos, and Santa Fe, New Mexico! Check out where I went and what I visited while away, here.
The studio is undergoing some major shifts and changes as I prepare for the Fall and (possibly) a new venture. Not to worry! The studio will still hold workshops, courses and Open Studio time, however, some of these workshops will be scaled back, and only scheduled when enough interest is gathered. That said, here is the current schedule for Ring Band workshops and Ars Vitraria (glass casting) workshops for July and August. If these dates don’t work for you please, contact me to have your name added to my Fall/Winter workshop list.
Thanks!

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Sterling silver ring bands

Ring band workshop 11am – 2pm $85pp 6 student max per workshop/session Next workshop is Saturday, July 26th  or Thursday evening, July 24th 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.

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Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting workshop
August, 22nd start/intro 6:30-9:30pm then Saturday 23, 30 and Sunday 24, 31 10am to 5pm, and Thursday afternoon or evening September 4th (time to be arranged with students).

5 Student max., 3 student min. $500pp Deposit of $200 to hold space.

Glass casting workshop (small to medium scale)
Learn various methods for casting glass. From paper thin to thicker, lost wax models, metal inclusions, and more.

Students will learn how to make moulds from existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax. Hand built moulds and box moulds will be made with various refractory materials.

Students will learn different firing and annealing schedules for casting glass. And simple cold-working without expensive equipment! No experience necessary!
All materials are included. Students are required to bring in their own half-face respirator with particulate filters. Aprons are available for use at the studio, as are all tools and equipment necessary for sculpting, firing and cold working glass, however, students are welcome to bring in their own tools, etc., just make sure your items are marked.

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Deposits:
To register for a class the studio requires a non-refundable deposit of $100 for the Metal + Glass course, $250 for Metal 2, $200 for Glass Casting to hold your spot.
This money purchases materials & expendables for the course. For further information concerning the studio’s policies please read our FAQs.

2 week cancellation notice: Full credit of deposit towards another course
1 week cancellation notice: 50% (or half of the deposit made) towards another course
Last minute or same day cancellation notice: No refund. A credit is possible if the studio receives the remaining course fee the day of cancellation. For instance: metal + glass: $100 deposit, $175 remaining. Ars Vitraria: $200 deposit, $300 remaining

Metal + Glass workshops and course update!

The March metal + glass, 8 week courses are starting to fill up- register soon!

This 8 week course covers basic hand sawing, forming and fabrication, soldering (joint, sweat and pic), vitreous enamels on copper, depletion gilding Sterling silver, wax carving and cuttlebone casting, bezel settings, tube setting, rivets (cold connections), simple findings, and flame-working soft glass. All for $275! Materials and expendable included for most projects/processes. Next courses start Monday March 3rd and Wednesday March 12th

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Hand sawn nickel silver with copper and silver inlay
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Sterling silver, lost wax cast ring w/tube set 3mm diamond

Working with Polyurethane! Making silicone moulds!

This is a special, one-off workshop with guest instructor: Nick Sainchuk

Don’t miss out! Register today- ALL materials included.

Courses offered
Sterling rings & bezel set stones, vitreous enamel on copper and silver, silicone moulds w/polyurethane, Clay model for silicone mould making or lost wax castings, married metal brass, nickel, copper and Sterling ring, flame-worked glass sculpture

Electroforming organic and non-organic objects!

This is an amazing process! Grow metal onto acorns, bone, glass, plastic, wax.

In this workshop students will grow copper onto various materials they bring into class. The layer of copper is thick enough to stand on its own. Depending on the material electroformed, students might later plate, paint, heat patina, or add vitreous enamels to this surface adding more texture and interest. 3 spaces available for this workshop. Register under the Metal 2 course!

Glass Casting, Fold Forming & Electro-forming Workshops!

Happy Sunday & Hello!

Check out nanopod’s new pricing structure! Some of our workshops and courses will now require a Lab and Materials fee upfront, as a non-refundable deposit.  Your ‘deposit’ goes towards materials, and expendables necessary for the workshop or course you registered for. Many items need to be purchased in advance due to shipping distances, and Holiday shipping cut-off dates, etc.

That said, this restructuring has also lowered some of our workshop fees!! 🙂 Check it:

20130303-165534 20130303-165702Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting workshop
January, 10th start/intro 6:30-9:30pm then Saturday 11, 18 & 25th and Sunday 12, 19 & 26th 10am to 5pm
5 Student max., 3 student min. $180pp + $200 lab & materials fee $380 total for this workshop!

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Form • Fabricate • Cast
forming, fabricating, casting, electroforming
6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Wednesday evenings starting Jan 16th to April 3rd, 12 weeks (Open Studio time available during the course), 5 Student max., 3 student min. $180pp + $200 lab & materials fee.   $380 total for this course!

Another really great update, and popular this time of year – Gift Certificates!  Purchase a gift that keeps on giving for a friend, or loved one! With a workshop or course you are not only covering the workshop/course fee you are also giving a life-skill-learning experience! Your gift may aide towards a new career in the arts, or your friend will finally be able to create a design they’ve been dreaming of for years! Most of nanopod’s workshops and courses include ALL materials & expendables (unless noted) so, your gift certificate covers everything. gift_cert24

Toronto Jewelry making classes

Well, the days are growing colder. Snow is sure to fall soon!

Don’t fret! If you’re not a winter person nanopod: Hybrid Studio is a great place for keeping warm and toasty during the winter months! We offer several workshops and jewelry making classes that will aid in keeping your pinkies warm, and you gathering up new skills! Plus, having fun.  nanopod: Hybrid Studio is a professional artist‘s working studio. The studio is small (nano) offering an intimate learning experience. Courses run with a maximum of five students and a minimum of three.

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Hand fabricating

metal + glass is our #1 most popular course! This course runs over 8 weeks and introduces people to various Goldsmithing techniques; hand sawing and piercing (drilling) metal (fabricating), sizing, forming, sweat soldering, joint soldering and pick soldering, bezel setting a stone, simple rivets, carving wax for Lost wax casting, casting with cuttlebone, working with vitreous enamels, and flame-working.  Leave this course with several really nice pieces of work and maybe a new obsession 🙂  Our next metal + glass course starts in January and is already filling up!

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Flame-working

Fire + Gravity is the next course offered that fills fast! Learn how to sculpt beautiful Italian, German, Chinese and American handmade glass (Bullseye, Northstar, Alchemy, Momka, Trautman, Parramore), in a flame! Over 12 weeks you learn how to shape, form, and sculpt, soft glass. Work with metal foils, meshes, and frit come to terms with gravity and heat control! Eventually moving into ‘harder’ glass (Bullseye), add decorative stems to wine glasses, and spend the last weeks working with borosilicate glass- reducing flames/oxidizing flames, making simple marbles (implosions, swirls) and off-mandrel pendants and sculptures. 3 student max. Register for the upcoming January course!

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Fused Glass Powders

Fused Glass Components for Jewelry, Wearables & Functional items, is another winter warmer! Glass Fusing is truly amazing. The creative options are seemingly limitless. You can create functional items like: plates, dishes, bowls, glasses, vases, sconces, etc., to incredibly delicate art, wall pieces, small objet, jewelry, sun catchers. Fused glass can include graphics via decals, screen printing, lithographic techniques, hand painting. Fused glass can be organic or highly machined.  If any of this interests you I highly suggest visiting the Bullseye glass website for inspiration! And, register for nanopod’s Glass fusing workshop! 🙂

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Lost wax glass casting

Last on the list of Winter Warmers (but definitely not least!) is nanopod: Hybrid Studio’s exclusive Ars Vitraria Experimentalis aka Glass Casting. The only workshop if its kind in Toronto (outside of a University setting) and highly informative.  All manner of casting glass is discussed, and experimented with! From recycling wine, beer and glass water bottles to casting with gorgeous Gaffer crystal (yep, crystal). Students sculpt forms out of clay and wax, learn how to work with dental alginate, and silicone moulds. Embed metal armatures within your sculptures. Various refractory materials are discussed and their uses in glass casting. Steaming out wax, annealing temperatures and finally cold-working glass (how-to in a small studio environment). Glass is quite an amazing material to work with! I recommend this workshop to students working with metals, wood, plastics – certainly sculptors. Anyone interested in process, and creating unique work.

So, Winter 2014 holds many options for creating new work, learning new techniques and skills and keeping warm!

Check out nanopod’s other workshops-  want to make Ring Bands, or Metal 2, or check out what’s happening December 2013 with our guest instructor!

Thanks again for stopping by!