Holiday stuff!

Happy Holidays! Here are some crazy hours to find us in the studio this week & next.

Wednesday evening, Dec 13 – while we have a workshop taking place, we will be open 4pm-9pm. Thursday, Dec 14/Dec 21st: we are around for Open Studio (6:30pm-9:30pm) and Tuesday afternoon, Dec 19th 12-6pm

then…. give us a shout via email if you would like to pop-by and grab a Tardigrade pendant, or Gift certificate

We now accept Debit at the studio! And, as usual Visa/Mastercard, Cash or eTransfers.

Thank you for your support and shopping local!

Holiday seasoning & SciArt pop-up!

Tis the season once again! Look for nanopod: Hybrid Studio’s SciArt/BioArt inspired works for sale during the ScienTerrific Holiday Pop-up at 906 Queen Street West, December 9th & 10th 10am to 8pm both days! 

Open Studio time? Ok Ok, yes we are SLAMMED busy with end of the year workshops, courses, finishing up orders and building stock for the event mentioned above, but we make time for you to finish-up your gifts & goodies! Thursday mid-afternoon/evening from now until December 21st 3pm to 9:30pm. $75 via eTransfer or cash at the studio. xox

GIFT CERTIFICATES! Are totally available towards Ring Band workshops, Metal + Glass courses, Pate de Verre and more! Email the studio to customize, otherwise buy them Here, and Here.  Also listed under our Holiday Gift Cards link in menu!

And last but certainly not least! The last Ring Band workshop for 2017!


Ring band workshops

Sterling silver Ring band workshop $88pp   Saturday afternoon, Dec 16th noon-3pm

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.

Saturday afternoon Dec 16 12pm-3pm


 

 

Gleðileg jól, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & New Year from Iceland!

As some of you know I have been living/working in Iceland since early September 2016. Due back mid-January to reignite nanopod: Hybrid Studio!

My gift to you is a 15% off coupon code. Enter the following at check-out to receive 15% off any item, workshop or course listed in my Big Cartel shop, now to December 31st at midnight! ENTER2017

This coupon code only works through my personal webShop here,  http://tosca.bigcartel.com  (Paypal doesn’t directly offer discount buttons). Remember to enter ENTER2017 at check-out!

Takk Fyrir! Hope to see you in the New Year

xo

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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

Holiday gift certificates available!

20% off SALE until Midnight Dec 22nd. Discount at check out!
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse

Holiday Gift Certificates available – purchase a workshop or course for a loved one 

Screenshot 2015-11-15 19.37.39Glass Fusing, ring band workshop. January 16 & 17th noon to 5pm – $275pp All materials included. Make gifts for your friends, family, yourself! Learn basic kiln-forming.
Glass Fusing components for jewelry, and wearable art plus, making a ring band and bezel-setting glass!
Saturday: Learn how to cut various glass shapes, paint glass, work with powdered glass and stringers.How to properly build your glass pieces for fusing.
Annealing cycles are discussed and journaled as well as Slumping, Tack fusing temperatures and other kiln forming techniques.
Sunday: Items are taken out of the kiln/annealer and cleaned, cold working is demonstrated with the diamond saw (if applicable), and simple hand-cold working methods, drilling, etching and more.
Participants then bezel set one of their fused pieces as well as learn how to form, and solder a sterling silver ring band!
What is included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing
Solder to complete projects in class
3/0 saw blades
Copper, brass or sterling silver to set your glass ‘cab’ on
Bezel wire for 1 setting
Use of tools & equipment
Sign up before midnight Dec 22nd to receive 20% off 
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Curious Holiday Gift Guide

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nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers fascinating gifts and intriguing workshops. If you are still drawing a blank on what to gift your loved ones this holiday season, no worries nanopod: Hybrid Studio offers the unusual, one of a kind and DIY workshop experiences. 

May we suggest a gift certificate towards one of our Guest Artist workshops: 
IMG_3720Friday evening, March 11th: Beginning Entomology; Beetles & Moths 6:30-9:30pm 10 person max. 
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.

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. Mounting its, mounting pins and various insects are available at the studio for purchase.

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.



11002636_796141830460188_776623749082526998_n_701d37ac-eb5d-4874-a850-d90387233a0f_1024x1024Saturday, March 12th noon to 6pm Jackalope shoulder mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate 
Limited class size of 8 people, $340pp
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This class will introduce students basic small mammal taxidermy, focusing on the skinning, prepping, and sculpting techniques specific to the face. We will cover splitting lips, thinning noses, turning ears, and other techniques to successfully set a face. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom. We will go through the process of carving busts for each mount, how to attach antlers, and will discuss taxidermy techniques that can be used for projects larger and smaller. Carcasses will be used for reference and available to students if they want them. Further preservation processes will be discussed as well; tanning, mummification, wet specimens, bone cleaning, etc. Everything is supplied and students do not need any prior experience for this class. Each student will leave with their own finished piece and the knowledge to create their own in the future. 



Sunday, March 13th; noon to 7pm Squirrel mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate
Limited class size of 8 people, $440pp
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This class will cover both beginner and advanced techniques used in small mammal taxidermy from start to finish. Students will learn proper skinning and fleshing procedures, how to split, turn and position facial features, including the ears, proper dry preservation, and the traditional methods of building a form using wrapped body, carving the head, and the carcass as reference. Students can pose their squirrel in an anthropomorphic or naturalistic style, and are welcome to bring props if they choose. A small selection of props will be provided, and instruction on how to create your own props, such as top hats, monocles, and squirrel sized clothes, will also be provided, along with materials to make antlers, horns, or tentacles. Each student will leave class with a finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future.



 

Or a Gift Certificate towards one of our ongoing, super popular workshops:

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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.  Starts up Monday, January 11th

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

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January course

Sign up before midnight Monday, Dec 14th to receive 20% off 

 



Unusual wearable items are available in our Etsy store, or contact us and drop by the studio at Harbord & Grace street.

 

Holiday Gift Certificates! New Year classes!

Holiday gift giving & New Year resolutions! Give your friend’s and loved ones gifts that keep on giving with a new experience!
Gift certificates are available towards any of our class offerings!

Metal + Glass 4 wk course
January 4th start-up
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March 7th start-up

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Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week (Monday & Wednesday). – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.

If purchasing a gift certificate please leave a note with your Paypal payment (or email the studio) and we will send you a link to a pdf file to print out.

Course outline:
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

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lost wax cast rings
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver

DIY Handmade Workshop Holiday Gift Guide @nanopodstudio in Toronto

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST WORKSHOPS IN 2015!

(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
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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.

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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
scalpel
bead eyes
stitching materials
pins
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!

 

 

MORBID ANATOMY MUSEUM’S RESIDENT TAXIDERMIST,

Divya Anantharaman is coming to nanopod: Hybrid Studio Spring 2015

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BIRD TAXIDERMY CLASS, April 11th 2015
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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WEARABLE BIRD TAXIDERMY

A WORKSHOP THAT COMBINES FASHION, ART, AND TAXIDERMY

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

DIY Holiday Workshops in Toronto

Shop local this holiday season! Heck! Shop local year round and support small artist-run businesses.

Plus, workshops make great gifts in that they keep on giving! 

 

Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

 

Ring band workshops 1-4pm $85pp 6 student max per workshop/session Next workshop is Saturday, December 6  This is perfect for newly engaged folks, birthday parties and bachelorettes!

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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Fall leaves; glass, pate de verre

 

Pate de Verre ornaments, adornments, objects! noon to 5pm Saturday, December 13th (6 student max, 3 student min) Register today! $110pp ALL materials included.

Working with glass powders students can make feathers, leaves, various shapes and designs. Create gifts for the holidays, ornaments, jewelry, sculptures. This workshop is a great introduction to pâte de verre, which uses granules of glass to create sculptural forms. Students will make clay models and plaster/silca moulds that will then be painted/packed with glass. Pâte de verre methods and design options are demonstrated. 2 to 3 items are produced.

Student pieces will then be kiln-dried and back-filled if necessary prior to a final firing.

Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later. Students will then book a time to come in, de-mold and lightly cold-work their pieces. This step generally takes 1-2hrs. btn_buynowCC_BLK

 

 

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[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]

8 week Metal + Glass Next course starts up Monday, January 5th 2015   (2 spots remaining)                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass – 6:30-9:30pm, 8 weeks, 1 evening per week Monday evenings – $280 per person, 6 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: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

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Holiday workshops in Toronto (glass+metal)

Holiday metal + glass workshops at nanopod studio in Toronto!

Sterling silver. Ring Band workshop
Sterling silver. Ring Band workshop

Ring band workshops 1-4pm $85pp 6 student max per workshop/session Next workshop is Saturday, November 22nd  This is perfect for newly engaged folks, birthday parties and bachelorettes!

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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Working with glass powders students can make feathers, leaves, various shapes and designs. Create gifts for the holidays, ornaments, jewelry, sculptures. This workshop is a great introduction to pâte de verre, which uses granules of glass to create sculptural forms. Students will make clay models and plaster/silca moulds that will then be painted/packed with glass. Pâte de verre methods and design options are demonstrated. 2 to 3 items are produced.

Student pieces will then be kiln-dried and back-filled if necessary prior to a final firing.

Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later. *Interested in glass kiln forming? Subscribe to Bullseye Glass’ educational videos!

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fused glass powder detail
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