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Late Fall 4 week course in goldmsithing & silversmithing Toronto

Last course for 2015- learn basic, beginning jewellery skills. Carve wax for lost wax casting, bezel-set stones, make a sterling silver ring-band, form, solder (sweat & joint), lo-tech casting, finishing, working with vitreous enamels, rivets and more! Register by Nov 12th

 METAL + GLASS 4wk: Last course for 2015 starts up Monday, November 16th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings
Full
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. 

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

Payment in full is required to hold space. 

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

What participants need to supply:
Half face respirator or particulate mask
Cabochon stone or fossil, crystal
Sterling silver sheet for bezel setting (optional)
Apron (optional- available for use at studio)
Safety glasses (optional- available for use at studio)

 

 

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lost wax cast rings
lost wax cast rings
vitreous enamel on copper
vitreous enamel on copper

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Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Hand sawn copper brooch, formed and fused with vitreous enamel
Hand sawn copper brooch, formed and fused with vitreous enamel
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver
Lost wax cast Sterling silver + Glass Coy-Wolf jaw
Lost wax cast Sterling silver + Glass Coy-Wolf jaw
Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

October workshops at nanopod studio, Toronto

Special October classes and courses. 

BUGS {beginning Entomology} EVENING CLASS $70pp 
6:30pm-10pm, October 23rd –

In this class 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. Display cases for finished butterflies will be provided

Students go home with their own prepared butterfly, a spreading board that can be used for future projects, an extra butterfly for practice, 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.

 

 

BIRD Taxidermy weekend $380CADpp (1 space left!)
Saturday and Sunday Oct 24th-25th, noon to 6pm both days. Class size limited to 8  – NO experience necessary!

In this intensive 2 day workshop, we will cover all the basics of beginners taxidermy, focusing specifically on small bird taxidermy. The basics of skull cleaning and wet specimen will also be discussed. Taxidermy is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, and this class be divided as such, giving students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the process at their own pace.

Please note-

We use NO harsh or dangerous chemicals.

Everyone will be provided with gloves and sanitary equipment.

All animals are disease free.

Although there will not be a lot of blood or gore, a somewhat strong constitution and maturity are necessary. We will be seeing meat. In this manner, a good taxidermist prides themselves on working cleanly!

In consideration of other students, please do not dissect carcasses in class. (You are welcome to take the carcass and dissect on your own, instruction can be provided)

IMG_3723All animals are sourced humanely and according to the instructors code of ethics- nothing was killed for the sole purpose this class.

Please do not bring any raw dead animals with you to the class.

Minors under 18 are allowed in class with the supervision of a parent/guardian over 18. The parent/guardian does not need to participate or buy an extra ticket if they are only there to supervise.

 Purchase your ticket soon, 1 seat remaining Oct 15th!

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Metal-  Chain chain chainssss, hinges, gold fused onto silver (keum-bo), settings, working with bronze & silver clay. 1 evening per week, starts up Tuesday, October 27th 6:30-9:30pm 9 weeks –     3 student minimum, 6 student max. $380pp   (3 spots remaining!) NO experience necessary!

Screenshot 2015-09-05 11.50.34Step it up! Make your own handmade chains, construct a hinged locket/box. Fuse gold to silver. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs/drusy with Sterling hand-cut bezels. Demonstrations of how to construct rolo, cable chain, woven, and weaving over armatures. Participants will also learn how to construct their own closures, and locking mechanisms. Applying gold to fine silver/sterling silver: participants will add texture to silver via hammers and fuse 24k gold foil onto their designs through Keum-bo. Basic prong settings for faceted stones and cabs and working with bronze clay and silver clay.
Materials included:
•Bronze & Silver clay
•Sterling plate 3″x3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)
•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)
•Sterling wire (15′ of 19gauge, 6′ half-round 12gauge)
•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting
•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges
•23.5k gold foil for Keum-bo process

Student supplied:
•Druzy, crystal cluster or other unusual cut cabochon for sterling bezel setting
•Saw blades: Purchase good saw blades along with Bur life cutting lube. Recommended blades:  2/0-4/0
•High speed steel drill bits: Choose drill bits that fit with your saw blades. This class is geared towards absolute beginners to intermediate goldsmiths and silversmiths and creative individuals! 🙂

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Metalsmithing workshops and courses in Toronto

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!

January 2014 nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers exciting new Metalsmithing workshops & courses

Gift Certificates are available, here.

married metals, formed & fabricated
married metals, formed & fabricated

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Form • Fabricate • Electroform • Etch
forming, fabricating, casting, electroforming
6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Thursday evenings starting Jan 16th to April 3rd, 12 weeks (Open Studio time available during the course- must be booked in advance) 3 student minimum, 5 max.
$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!

Materials fee includes: a 3″x 3″ piece of 16 gauge Sterling silver plate, 16 gauge 12″x6″ copper, 1 ounce of Sterling silver casting grain, 1 gross of 3/0 saw blades. 3″x4″ plexiglass, Silver solder, flux, wax and expendables necessary for (copper) electroforming, enamels.  Use of tools and equipment.  Beginners welcome!

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**The Lab & Materials fee is necessary for this course.

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lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls

8 week Metal + Glass (Starts up Wednesday, January 8th 2014 2 spots available)
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! 
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!
Register in advance!

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fused glass powder
fused glass powder

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!
*non-refundable Lab & Materials fee deposit of $200 necessary to hold space.

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Please visit our full listing of courses and workshops under the Winter courses & workshops 2014 heading.

Thanks for looking! Any questions please, contact nanopod.

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!

flame working
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!

Glass fusing
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!

Fall & Winter courses/workshops

Hello and welcome to nanopod: Hybrid Studio’s online workshop and course information!

Interested in learning a new skill, or maybe revisiting working with wax, Sterling silver, copper, setting stones, forming and fabricating? Or maybe your thing is glass? Learn how to fuse and slump small jewelry items to plates and bowls, tiles, sculptural pieces… Lost wax cast glass courses are offered as well as flame-working; melting glass rods with fire!

Please visit our Fall 2013- Winter 2014 listings. You can register online with Visa, or Mastercard through Paypal, or at the studio with Visa, mastercard or cash, as well as phone in your deposit to hold a space!

647-780-4478 Monday through Thursday noon to 9pm  Please leave a message stating the workshop or course you are interested in, and/or email the studio nanotopia@me.com and your message will be returned shortly!

Holiday Gift Certificates are available now.

Open Studio time gift certificates are available as well!

Work shown below is all from beginning students!

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