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Flame-work molten glass & Metal + Glass Camp!

Pate de verre bowl
Pate de verre bowl

Glass Pate de Verre workshop Friday afternoon, July 15th 1pm-4pm $130pp This 3-hour class introduces many fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. After a brief overview, students make a small bowl or ‘Sugar’ Skull using granules of glass that are mixed to form a paste. Colour is applied selectively by sifting or painting on glass powders. Pâte de verre is a kilncasting method that literally means “paste of glass”.  The general premise is to mix frit granules with some sort of binder such as gum arabic, then apply the glass to the inner surface of a negative mood. Nanopod provides students with a plaster silica mold of a bowl or skull and demonstrates pâte de verre methods and design options. You personalize the project using a palette of glass powders and fill the shell of the mold with a frit paste. Your piece will the be kiln-dried and back-filled prior to firing. The final piece, which will be available for pick-up a few days after class, will be a hollow form that, despite its delicate and sugary appearance, is a strong and long lasting object. Bowls are approximately 4 inches in diameter and 2 inches high.                                           No experience necessary, materials included!Eventbrite - Glass Pate de Verre workshop


 


hand flame-worked glass heart

hand flame-worked glass heart

Flame ON!, Thursday afternoons (multiple dates available click: Buy Tickets to be taken to schedule) noon to 4pm  $130 per person, includes materials- 4 student max 
This workshop introduces students to the basics of mandrel-wound glass beadmaking by the process of flameworking (lampworking) shaping glass at a bench-mounted, surface-mix oxygen/propane torch. Safety is discussed, tools, terminology of glass, and process. Each student will have access to a torch and will melt and form glass using a variety of hand tools.

This is the chance to experience working molten glass! While not a “product-oriented” workshop, there will be time for the student to make a small, but satisfying stash of colorful beads which are annealed overnight, and cleaned when you pick them up.  Class fee includes all materials
No experience necessary! Ages 14 on up are welcome! Eventbrite - Flame ON!

Flame-worked glass bead

Flame-worked glass bead

 

 

 

 

 



Kiln Forming/Glass fusingMetal + Glass 8 day Camp! August 2nd to August 11th Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal .. have fun learning new skills. $400pp

Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal ..  have fun learning new skills.

Everyday covers a different technique
Safety in the studio and working with various materials is covered with each new process.
Day 1: Working with hammers and stamping tools students add textures, words, images to copper pendants, and small bracelets.
Day 2: Properly measure, texture and form sterling silver ring bands.
Day 3: Small field trip to the near-by park to collect blades of grass, twigs, leaves-back at the studio observe your specimen under a microscope and replicate your findings in glass! Paint on glass, make a couple of pendants and a window piece. Students will learn kiln forming/carving and make 5″x7″ window pieces and a couple of pendants.
Day 4: Working with cuttlefish bone moulds carve out patterns that will then be cast in pewter.
Day 5: Work with vitreous enamel painting/sifting images on copper that will be fused in a kiln.
Day 6: Draw pictures onto brass or copper and learn how to etch metal (like circuit boards) and turn these images into pins/brooches.
Day 7: Working with found items: flat rocks, drift wood, twigs, bottle caps, broken ceramic bits students learn how to hand drill and rivet with metal tubing and turn their finds into charm necklaces/bracelets.
Day 8: Finish up projects.

What’s included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Copper for forming, rivets, and making bracelet blanks
Brass for etching
Glass enamels
Glass for kiln forming
Sterling for cuttlefish casting – approx 5 grams
Cuttlefish bone
Microscope slides
Nichrome wire
Chain
Various copper, brass and bronze wire

Use of tools and equipment.
* Salt solutions are used for etching. The studio works with green alternatives whenever possible. Students will not come into contact with any harmful chemicals. Particulate masks are worn when working with glass powders. At no time are the students working with fire, or dangerous materials.
Recommended for 12 years on up! Under 18? Parental consent forms are sent via email upon registration.

Super course rate of $50 per day – Reserve your space today!

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Intermediate to advanced soldering, Glass Fusing, Entomology; Spring into Summer workshops & Courses in Toronto

fusingGlass Fusing workshops
Thursday or Friday afternoons,  starting April 1st, & running April 7,8, 15, 21st or 22nd 1pm-5pm $130pp
This 4-hour class introduces many fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. After a brief overview, students will make an 8″ x 8″ fused and slumped plate or bowl, enjoying a wide range of glasses to choose from. Small wearable pieces will also be made; students will learn how to cut circles, ovals, rectangles, squares and more! Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later. No experience necessary! Please add your choice of date in a note when checking out.



 

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Wednesday, April 6th- runs Wednesday evenings Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week. – $275 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min. Deposit of $137.50 to hold space Register by March 28th.

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
Wax
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

March course

April course

 

 

 



2013-02-15 10.11.29Intermediate & Advanced soldering

Tips, tricks and technique! Weekend intensive workshop
Friday evening April 1st intro 6:30-8pm, noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday April 2 & 3rd, 9th & 10th – pricing options below. 
-Working with silver solder coupons students will learn sweat soldering, joint soldering, pick soldering
and working with silver solder in wire form.
-Working with a little propane/oxy torch and a larger Hoke torch
– Constructing a hollow-form ring with stakes, hammers and bezel setting a large cab
To cover all of the various soldering techniques/grades students will construct a hollow-form
ring. Large oval or round cabochon stones will be set. Multiple stone settings are optional.
Each day runs 5 hours in length.
Students have the option of coming in to work on their project (lots of sawing!) during Open Studio on Tuesday and Thursday evening between the course.

Evening intro: Course goals/objectives are discussed, students look at soldering demos, inspiration. Start to layout patterns and designs for sawing.
1st Afternoon: Students layout their designs and start sawing them out. Once designs have been sawn out, sanded/filed, cleaned up- sweat soldering designs onto ring blanks begins.
2nd Afternoon: Continuing sweat soldering, forming of ring blanks begins, inner ring is formed. Joint soldering begins (wire solder introduced), students continue truing their rings, forming, and clean-up.
3rd Afternoon: Bezel ‘cups’ are constructed and soldered into place. Filing, sanding and rings are starting to be cleaned. If students are ready to set their stones- quick pendants can be made on this afternoon practising soldering techniques.
4th Afternoon: Rings are ready for patination and polishing, stones are set. Final polish! Early group dinner?

What’s included:
Flux
Titanium pick
paper
instruction
Student’s need to supply (see pricing options below) :
3”x3” 16 or 18 gauge sheet (for hollow-rings)
silver solder 1/4 oz coupons & 1/2oz wire:
hard
medium
easy
Large oval (within 40x25x6mm) or round (within 30mm), high-dome cabochon

For this workshop students have the option of bringing in their own supplies (listed above & mandatory!) or purchasing the course with a ‘kit’ that includes items listed. Please note that these materials will only be purchased when you purchase the ‘Full monty’ option.

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No monty $185pp


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Full monty $380pp

 



IMG_20130823_200719Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : kiln casting workshop
4 Sessions: Saturday &  Sunday afternoons, noon – 5:30/6pm, Next course starts March 19th $430 includes materials. 
This course is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass. Using the lost wax casting process and/or Pate de Verre, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal inclusions. Packing moulds with glass, casting and annealing cycles, working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces.  Students will learn how to hand finish pieces; grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of Kiln casting and Pate de Verre.    Participants create recycled glass tiles, pate de verre objects, lost wax cast sculptures and more.   No experience necessary!  Size max 18cm in any direction. Deposit of $215 required to hold seat.

Day 1: Replication. Students will make silicone moulds from items they wish to cast in glass. Examples: plastic/vinyl toy/action figure, anatomical models or small branch, unusual vegetable/fruit, seed pod. Items could also be modelled from Sculpey clay and fired ahead of attending the workshop. Glass options are discussed.
Day 2: Wax pouring and hand-built moulds. Students pour multiple waxes from their silicone moulds, refine their wax models (add or subtract). Models are then weighed and various glass options are revisited. Once glass choice is determined pouring gates are added to models and then a silica based refractory mould is built around the wax models. Once moulds set up the wax is then steamed out. Meanwhile, glass is weighed, and cleaned.
-Items are cast & annealed over the week.
Day 3: De-mould kiln castings/cold working Students remove their kiln cast objects and start the cold working process. Various methods and equipment are discussed and demonstrated.
Day 4: Finish cleaning kiln cast objects.

What’s included:
1.5 kg of glass
alb silicon& plastics necessary for mould building (determine if you will need more through the online material calculator)
Refractory materials
Wax
Nitrile gloves
n95 Particulate respirator
Cold-working consumables

 

 



 

Hollow-forms, lockets, basic prong settings, photo etching and fusing metals – register by March 22nd 

9 weeks, Starting April 5th $380pp includes all materials necessary for projects. Build a hollow-form pendant/ring and construct a locket with hinge and locking mechanism. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs.  Etching copper/brass and Sterling silver. Working with photos, computer renderings and hand drawn images students will learn various method of applying imagery and working with mordants to etch into metal.

Materials included:

•Sterling plate 3″x 3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)

•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)

•Sterling wire & tubing

•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting

•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges

• Consumables: solder, drill bits, emery paper

• Consumables necessary for etching various metals

Students are welcome to bring in their own found items, cabochons, etc., to use in their projects.

Deposit necessary to hold space $190

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Entomology (from Greek ἔντομος, entomon “insect”; and -λογία, -logia) is the scientific study of insects, a branch of zoology.
nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers workshops as well as insect pins, spreading boards and some insects for sale in Nanotopia.
Upcoming summer 2016 workshops

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Friday evening August 26th Beginning Entomology; Beetles & Moths 6:30-9:30pm $80pp, limited class size 20 people  btn_buynow_LG

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.

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.

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.



spiderSaturday afternoon August 27th  Beginning Entomology; Arachnids $90pp 12pm-3pm, limited class size 20 people  btn_buynow_LG

In this beginner’s class, students will learn everything about basic arachnid preparation and preservation. 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. 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. Students will also build their very own spreading boards for use in class and beyond. We will also cover how to select museum quality materials for displays.

As always, all specimen are ethically sourced. We will be reviewing the origins of the arachnids used in class, how students can ethically and legally source specimen, and suggested, reputable suppliers.

Students go home with their own prepared arachnid specimen, a spreading board that can be used for future project, a small rehydration chamber, a simple display case, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a small bag or box to transport their pieces.

Spreading boards, insect pins, archival habitat materials and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.


 

Metal + Glass + Taxidermy in Toronto

Looking to learn some new skills? Or up your game? Nanopod studio offers workshops in traditional, contemporary and futuristic goldsmithing/silversmithing; lost wax casting of glass and/or sterling silver, pate de verre, glass fusing, etching sterling, copper, steel, Keum-bo, anodizing titanium/niobium, cold-connections, stone setting, working with vitreous enamel and…..drum roll, taxidermy.

All workshops and courses are open to absolute beginners with little to no experience.

The Taxidermy workshops are taught by guest artist instructors: Morbid Anatomy Museum’s, Divya Anantharaman (aka Friend’s Forever) and Toronto’s own Casual Taxidermist, Ankixa Risk

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Divya
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Ankixa

The next Metal + Glass course is scheduled for September 14th and runs two evenings a week, Monday & Wednesday. Reserve your seat, spaces fill up fast!

Casual Taxidermy classes return in September and Divya returns to Toronto October 24th & 25th to hold special bird taxidermy classes! Interested in learning how to create beautiful Victorian, Steampunk, Burlesque hats, fascinators & wearable taxidermy? Get your name on our list! 

Metalsmithing, Gold-smithing, Silver-smithing workshops

[shown from left to right: flame-working, sawing/piercing. Below, L-R: Hand sawn copper, wax models for lost wax casting]
[shown from left to right: flame-working, sawing/piercing. Below, L-R: Hand sawn copper, wax models for lost wax casting]
Work with Metal + Glass!
Learn the basics of hand fabricating objects and wearable sculptures/jewelry, lo-tech casting, flame-working, fusing, vitreous enamels on metal, bezel-setting cabochon stones, and more!
 

metal + glass 8 week Metal + Glass (Next course starts up Monday, January 6th 2014)
Form • Fabricate • Flamework • Fuse
Learn basic Goldsmithing + Flameworking techniques
6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week Monday evenings
$275 per person, 5 people max, 3 people min. $100 deposit necessary to hold space.
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: bezel settings and/or tube settings, alternative settings for found objects, clean-up castings
evening #6: Flameworking- intro to mandrel wound molten glass
evening #7: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own findings.
evening #8: finish up projects
No experience necessary! 

Fire + Gravity  (Next course starts January 7th 2014)
Sculpt with molten glass
6:30-9:30pm, 1 evening per week
$340.00 per person, 4 people max per course, 3 people min – $170 deposit required to hold space.
Focus on beginning mandrel wound glass beads. Working with beautiful Italian, Chinese and German hand-pulled glass students create beads, and rings. History is discussed, glass formulas, annealing cycles, glass suppliers/makers, and more! Create your own glass beads.
Continuing where you left off the 1st day, learn how to sculpt different forms, rake, encase, make ‘twisties’, simple murrini, mix your own colours! Make hollow, florals, zebra & tiger striped beads, start sculpting! metal -in- glass! Using silver foil/leaf in your beads. Work with ivory glass, silver and clear, pull silvered ivory stringer. Add silver foil to other colours and see what happens!
Start working off-mandrel. Warning: Off-Mandrel flameworking is addictive.  Work Large! Create beautiful focal pieces, intergalactic marbles, and pendants. Demos include: Small vessels (small scale glass blowing), working with metal mesh, and more! All materials included*! No experience necessary! *Each student receives aspecial glass kit

metal 2 (course starts up January 8th)
Form • Fabricate • Cast
forming, fabricating, casting, electroforming
6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Wednesday evenings starting Jan 8th to March 26th, 12 weeks (Open Studio time available during the course)
$180pp + $200 lab & materials fee**
Demonstrations in fold forming, etching (copper & silver), and hollow forms (making silhouette dies), electroplating, enamelling, sand casting.   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 independantly on their projects. This course starts 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, and sand casting. Fast paced, students need to show up ready for action! Beginners welcome!

Fused Glass Components for Jewelry, Wearables & Functional items
Friday, Feb 7 6-9:00pm, Saturday Feb 8 10am – 5pm, Sunday Feb 9th 10am – 5pm (4.5 day workshop)
3 student minimum, 5 Student max.,
$325pp Deposit of $150 to hold space. Next class starts: February 7th 2014

Fused glass (Kiln-glass) is frequently used in jewelry, but the emphasis is often on quantity rather than quality. In this class you will learn to distinguish your work through thoughtful design, careful studio practices, multiple firings, coldworking methods and, ultimately, good craftsmanship. Various glass c.o.e’s will be discussed, compatibility, annealing schedules, slumping and tack fusing.

Instruction will cover creating jewelry elements for a variety of forms, functions and styles; working with pattern bars, Vitrigraph, stencils, etc. Samples of and discussions about using kilnformed elements in jewelry applications or with other wearables will also be included, as will practical considerations such as studio setup and costs. All materials included. No experience necessary!

Ars 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**

Glass casting workshop (small to medium scale objects)
Learn the basics of glass casting. Up-cycle your wine or beer bottles into a beautiful work of art! Students will learn how to make molds of existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax.
Working with beautiful crystal- Gaffer Glass, soda lime -Bullseye- glass as well as recycling wine and/or beer bottles students will learn different firing and annealing schedules for casting glass. And simple cold-working without expensive equipment! No experience necessary!

[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]

For further information and to register using Visa, or Mastercard please visit, https://nanopod.tv/winter-courses-workshops-2014/ or contact Tosca at nanotopia@me.com or drop by the studio Monday thru Thursday evening 6-9pm
nanopod: Hybrid Studio
322 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON
647-780-4478
nanotopia@me.com

 

 

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! 🙂

Lost wax glass casting
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!