Fascinators, Victorian bird hats; Wearable taxidermy workshop in Toronto

Fascinators, Victorian bird hats; Wearable taxidermy workshop, Sunday July 9th 12pm to 5pm 906 Queen Street West @Crawford  Early bird discount $150pp includes materials! Reserve your seat today.   

 

 

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 begin with a short illustrated lecture on wearable taxidermy, from prehistoric speculation, to shrunken heads, Victorian hummingbird jewelry, and a modern day discussion of ethically obtained animal products in art and fashion. Students will then design their piece and bring it to life 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 various “Top 10 of NY Fashion Week” lists. Her past life as a commercial footwear and accessory designer lives on in her passion for wearable art!

In addition to a number of small heads, paws, pelts, and wings, a selection of jewelry findings and hardware will be provided, along with beads, crystals, ribbons, and other decorative flourishes. Students will have the choice of skinning, cleaning, preparing and preserving animal parts, or using the readily prepared pieces provided. Students are also welcome to bring their own special findings or pieces for use in class. A great place to let your creativity truly run wild! Each student will leave class with a finished piece, 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.

Ring band, Wedding & Engagement ring workshops Toronto

Ring Band Workshops: Saturday June 10th 12pm-3pm Sterling silver included for 1 ring band. $88pp

Learn how to properly measure your finger(s), layout your pattern and hand cut, form, forge a sterling silver ring band! Demonstrations on adding textures via hammers, stamping tools, and Rolling Mill add inspiration. Finishing techniques; brush, satin, rustic and high mirror polish and leave the workshop with a beautiful sterling silver ring or set of 3 thin stacking rings*!

Participants learn how to hand saw, add texture, form, solder and finish their rings in this super fun workshop! All materials included. Sterling silver for 1 wide band ring or sterling silver for 3 stacking rings, or a combination of sterling copper and bronze for stacking rings.

Space is limited, registration is 1st come, 1st served. Please leave a note at checkout with your preferred date option, May 20 or May 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Nanopod studio ring band (Sterling) workshops are 3 hours long and include Sterling silver for one ring band (rectangular wire 6mm wide x 2mm thick). $88pp 

Wedding band workshops vary upon approach, materials used, etc. Generally the wedding band workshops are private bookings.

There are essentially 4 options:

  1. Sterling ring band workshop $88pp,
  2. Wedding band workshop (wax) $300pc+metal,
  3. Wedding band workshop (fabricate-gold) $350pc+BYOM,
  4. Wedding band workshop wax & DIY cast in the studio! $600pc+metal.
If you and your fiance are looking to create non-traditional rings, I recommend the lost wax process for couples with no experience.
Lost wax involves: carving (for hard wax), sculpting, and/or filing wax ring blanks (or form ring blanks from soft wax using your fingers). These models are then cast in either Gold, Sterling or Bronze.
Before they are cast we weigh the wax and determine cost, if the waxes need to be adjusted to fit budget, etc., we adjust the rings at this wax stage.
Wax is also more forgiving and if  you make a mistake, etc., you can easily start over or fix the model.
Working straight from gold stock is not the same, can be considerably more expensive, and there isn’t a lot of room for error, plus solder needs to be purchased as well, see www.imperialproducts.com for quotes. They are located in Markham, ON.
White gold comes in 10k, 14k, 18k, 19k the higher the karat the more gold, lower means more alloy to make it appear ‘white’, same applies with red gold, or green gold.
Wedding set. 18k white gold with blue and white diamonds.
Wedding set. 18k white gold with blue and white diamonds.

Wedding band [wax & DIY cast] workshops runs three sessions:

1st session involves working with your designs and creating them out of wax.
I show you different approaches to working with wax, various jeweller’s wax, tools and equipment used, carving using hand tools, and rotary tools, etc. Rings are created.
2nd session – If you opt to cast the rings yourself/in house*. We go through the process of Spruing your wax ring models and investing them. The mould is then cured and ….
3rd session: Metal has been purchased and your rings are invested and ready to cast! We go through the entire process of centrifugal casting on this day then, go over various finishing techniques, filing, sanding, polishing.
The Wedding band (wax) workshop runs= $300 per couple + metal for approx 9hrs does not include stone setting** Deposit of half to book time.
Cast at studio $600pc
metal costs are based upon the spot price of the day- I do not charge any extra for gold unless shipping is involved. Basically, you are paying less than wholesale for your custom rings.
Gold rings in past wax carving workshops have run $250 to $650 per ring for 14k. $400 to $850 per ring for 18k. Lost wax cast Sterling silver rings are considerably less, $30 to $110 depending on size.
alyzzaHow much metal would you need (gram wise) is completely dependant on size of ring & your Sprue. A rough idea: approximate gram weight for an 8.5 to size 9 ring would weigh 9 to 10 grams and cost (if purchased through a metal supplier) around $460 to $500 (for 18k rectangular wire same dimensions as Sterling mentioned above) plus solder (18k medium grade) which could run $85 to $100+ for a coupon.
 That said, adding a small amount of high karat yellow gold to sterling is also an option (fused and/or soldered to the Sterling). The beauty of adding high karat gold to Sterling is the bi-metal look plus you could add a patina using Liver of Sulfur that would make the Sterling appear black and the gold pop. Here is a link to my friend’s website (artist/metalsmith Vina Rust) demonstrating LOS on sterling w/gold.
Another option, though completely different would be to work with iron nails and add gold to that.
Here is a link to images (goldsmith Chris Nelson) to give you an idea of what iron/gold look like together –Pinterest Rings
Wedding band workshop-fabricate (melt your own gold (generally equalling more than 10 grams worth), work w/alternative materials, etc) $350per couple (pc)+ BYOM 6hrs. The difference between this workshop and the wax? This workshop YOU bring in your metal strip or enough high karat yellow gold to melt down and roll out into strips that are then cut, filed, sanded, formed, soldered, etc. Similar to our Sterling ring band workshops in method, yet you supply the raw materials.
Group of Sterling silver rings bands.
Group of Sterling silver rings bands.

Generally available- Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Please email me to discuss your ring ideas!

*There is also the option of having your rings cast in Platinum – this takes place off site at a commercial casting company downtown GTA

** Cast in place! For entirely one-of-a-kind rings consider casting raw diamonds into the ring, or meteorites/tektites, iron. Another idea: cast two different metals!

Pâte de verre workshops in Toronto

Bowls just coming out of kiln

Pâte de verre workshops – noon to 3:30, 12 student max.  $85pp  Sunday, June 18

Participants learn how to fill a pre-made mould of a small bowl with glass paint, glass powder and fine glass -frit-, the moulds are then fired and participants *return to the studio to divest and finish their bowls. 
Materials included, no experience necessary!  
 

Students learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kiln formed bowl. Students have access to a broad palette of coloured frit (crushed glass) and samples to help predict and understand fired qualities. Demonstrations include various techniques of working with glass powders against the mold, working with color reactions, as well as how to back-fill a packed mold to support the walls of the piece during firing. 

2nd Option: Same workshop only you sculpt your own bowl and learn how to build a refractory mould! This option teaches how to mix refractory materials, differences in mould materials available, working with water based clay to form bowls. Sunday, June 18 noon to 5pm (*return date to be determined during workshop).

 

 

Metal + Glass individual workshops

The studio is offering individual workshops in metal forming and fabrication/soldering, ring band forging, kiln forming or flame working, bezel setting stones, carving wax, lo-tech casting, etching metal, cold connections and more!

Each workshop runs 3 hours and includes materials necessary to cover the projects. No experience necessary! Afternoon hours 1-4pm or Evening hours 6:30-9:30pm

Please see workshop schedule below:

Monday, May 15th or 29th- Form, fabricate (saw, drill): working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures. Make a pendant, cuff bracelet or a couple of rings. Heat colouring the copper, sweat soldering is covered. $88pp includes saw blades, drill bits, 2″ x 4.5″ piece of copper, silver solder. 

 



Ring band workshops

Wednesday May 17 or May 31st- Ring band workshop: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.) Learn how to properly size, measure your finger, anneal sterling silver, joint solder, form and finish a beautiful sterling silver ring! $88pp includes all materials to complete 1 ring band.

 

 



Monday, May 22nd or June 14th- Kiln & Torch fired Vitreous enamel: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings. Saw, add texture, form a pendant, add powdered glass enamel. $88pp includes enamel and 2″x2″ piece of copper, saw blades, drill bits. There is no soldering in this workshop.  

 

 



Wednesday May 24th or Monday June 19th-  Bezel set a cabochon stone or flat bottomed crystal: Learn how to bezel set stones working with fine and sterling silver. Pendants are made in this workshop. $88pp includes all materials for 1 pendant.

 

 



Wednesday May 24th or Monday June 29th- Bezel set a cabochon stone or prong-set a crystal/fossil: Learn how to bezel set stones working with fine and sterling silver. Rings are made in this workshop $125pp includes all materials for 1 ring with a bezel OR prong set crystal/fossil. Materials available for use include; bronze, sterling silver. A ring incorporating both metals is allowed! 

 



Register for the entire 4 week series starting May 29th: $275pp Again: zero experience necessary! 

 

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday May 29th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 12pm to 3pm or 6:30-9:30pm 

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/brass.

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: (items with asterisk included with 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)

Wax

Solder

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.

Cinco de Mayo- Professional Activity Day- Pâte de verre workshop

Cinco de Mayo– Professional Activity Day- Pâte de verre workshop

Pate de verre – glass – sugar skulls

10am to 1:30/2pm, 12 student max. SOLD OUT  Special Activity Day price: $85pp

Participants learn how to fill a pre-made mould of a small bowl or skull (think sugar skull), these pieces are then fired and participants return to the studio to divest and finish their pieces. 
Materials included, no experience necessary!  
 

Students learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kiln formed bowl or Skull. Students have access to a broad palette of coloured frit (crushed glass) and samples to help predict and understand fired qualities. Demonstrations include various techniques of working with glass powders against the mold, working with color reactions, as well as how to back-fill a packed mold to support the walls of the piece during firing. 

Special price for Cinco de Mayo – Professional Activity Day!

Pate de verre bowl

20% or 25% off – that is the question! DIY Beginning metal + glass course

** Hey there! SoOOoo, yesterday this discount went out to our subscribers here and through Mail Chimp and posted all over… Apparently the post says 25% off but the text reads: 20%… ??? Super sorry for our confused typo but there’s a bonus in it for anyone that was about to hit the Buy Now button – YOU do receive 25% off!  

Special 4/20 discount! Register for the April 24th course & receive 25% off

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday April 24th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm

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/brass.

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!). Etching copper.

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: (items with asterisk included with 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)

Wax

Solder

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.

April 24th ($275pp -20% until April 22nd)

 

 


May 29th to June 21st ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 



June 26th to July 19th 2017 ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


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

Special 4/20 discount! Register for the April 24th course & receive 20% off

Special 4/20 discount! Register for the April 24th course & receive 20% off

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday April 24th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm

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/brass.

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!). Etching copper.

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: (items with asterisk included with 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)

Wax

Solder

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.

April 24th ($275pp -20% until April 22nd)

 

 


May 29th to June 21st ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 



June 26th to July 19th 2017 ($275pp) afternoons 12pm-3pm or evenings 6:30pm-9:30pm

 

 


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

Bat SkeletonArticulation Workshops

Wilder Duncan’s Bat Skeleton Articulation Workshop – DATE CHANGE- Saturday May 6th  or  Sunday May 7th 2017 – 12pm-4pm $270pp – Reserve your seat with a deposit of $135

 

Deposit towards seat
Saturday workshop

 

 Due to the closing of Morbid Anatomy Museum Brooklyn, nanopod has invited Wilder to visit Toronto this Spring!                In this class, students will learn how to create an osteological preparation of a bat in the fashion of 19th century zoological displays. A cleaned bat skeleton (Pipistrellus abramus), a glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all necessary materials will be provided for each student, but one should feel welcome to bring small feathers, stones, dried flowers, dead insects, natural elements, or any other materials s/he might wish to include in his/her composition. Students will leave the class with a visually striking, fully articulated, “lifelike” bat skeleton posed in a 10″ tall glass dome. The class will focus on teaching ancient methods of specimen preparation that link science with art: students will create compositions involving natural elements and, according to their taste, will compose a traditional Victorian environment or a modern display. 

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Sunday workshop

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15% off anything in the nano-shop!

2 days left to purchase gifts or any workshop or course & receive 15% off your order!

ENTER2017 is the code at check-out. Please visit http://tosca.bigcartel.com/products to apply the discount code. Interested in a class that isn’t listed here? Email me by January 1st to register and I will apply the discount for you. 🙂

Happy New Year & new skills!

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Pate de verre small bowl

Pâte de verre workshops 

Option 1: 3hr workshop, $150pp Friday afternoon or evenings January 27th noon-3pm or 5pm-8pmbtn_buynow_LG

Participants learn how to fill a pre-made mould of a small bowl or skull (think sugar skull), these pieces are then fired and participants return to the studio to divest and finish their pieces. Materials included, no experience necessary!
Option 2: 10hr workshop, Saturday Feb 10th, 10am-5pm (w/lunch break), 2nd day/evening scheduled during workshop, 3-6pm or 6:30pm-9:30pm $250pp  btn_buynow_LG
Students learn the basics of pâte de verre from start to finish while making a thin-walled, kilnformed bowl (med/largish). Students make a plaster silica mold from a model, pack it with glass, fire it, then divest and finish it. Students will have access to a broad palette of colored frit and samples to help predict and understand fired qualities. Demonstrations include various techniques of working with glass powders against the mold, working with color reactions, as well as how to back-fill a packed mold to support the walls of the piece during firing.   
Interested in continuing your glass or metal experiments, honing skills or just renting kiln time? Check out our Open Studio link above for further info 


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Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : kiln casting Sand casting workshop
6 Sessions: Saturday &  Sunday afternoons, 1pm – 5pm, Next course starts February TBA 2017 $430 includes materials. deposit_button
This course is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass, sculpt items out of clay/wax to be cast in glass, incorporate other materials with cast glass (wood, cement, stone, found items, etc). Using the lost wax casting process as well as sand casting, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal inclusions. Packing moulds with glass, casting and annealing cycles, working with alginate, making silicone moulds to replicate pieces.  Students will learn how to hand finish pieces; grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of Kiln casting and Sand casting.    Participants work by recycling glass bottles and casting this glass into sand, create clay models and learn how to build silicone moulds for lost wax castings, etc.   No experience necessary!  Size max 18cm in any direction. Deposit of $215 required to hold seat.

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.

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.

Sand Casting (BYOB):  Students are asked to bring in 3-4 empty beer bottles. Bottles are cleaned of labels then broken down and melted in a crucible. Simple forms are pressed into sand and the molten glass is slowly poured into these impressions. Glass is then annealed. – further details/instruction given in class.

What’s included:

2 kg of glass

Approx. .9 kg 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

Note: These workshops are messy! Please wear/bring in clothing that can get covered in clay, plaster, water, etc.