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Amazing Fall line-up: workshops & courses in Toronto

It’s back to school time! This Fall nanopod studio has some amazing workshops taking place, with amazing guest artist-instructors!

CASUAL TAXIDERMY @nanopod: Hybrid Studio
SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
OCTOBER 10, 2015
OCTOBER 11 12, 2015

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WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
No special equipment or supplies are required of participants.
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.
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 that 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.) Reserve your seat today!



Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, September 14th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register below, 2 spots remaining) Other start dates: October 19th or November 16th 2015 – January 4th 2016.
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting  – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.
Half down required to hold space $142.50

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

Deposit of half down required to hold space. Registrants will be invoiced prior to first evening of course.

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
1 oz of Sterling silver casting grain
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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Glass Fusing & Ring band workshop

Saturday October 17th, 11am to 2:30pm
Sunday October 18th, 11am to 5pm

$225pp Includes ALL materials

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, and simple hand-cold working methods.
Participants then bezel set one of their fused pieces as well as learn how to form, and solder a sterling silver ring band!
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IMG_20130823_200719Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting course
4 Sessions: Saturday afternoons noon – 5:30/6pm, Fall course start of November 7th– 5 Student max., 3 student min. $430 includes all materials. This course is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass. Using the lost wax casting process and Pate de Verre, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal and clay inclusions. Packing moulds with glass, casting and annealing cycles, working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces.  Participants will learn how to hand finish pieces; to grind, sand, and cut glass.                                     Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of casting and Pate de Verre.    Participants create recycled glass tiles, pate de verre objects, lost wax cast sculptures and more.    All materials included.                      No experience necessary! 

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Beginning jewelry • metal + glass course

2 Spots remain for the September course. Register today!

4 week Metal + Glass: Next course starts up Monday, September 14th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register below, 2 spots remaining) Other start dates: October 19th or November 16th 2015 – January 4th 2016.
Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting  – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $285 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.
Half down required to hold space $142.50

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 in house.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, invest models

evening #5: One by one each participant cast their flasks and starts cleaning their pieces.

evening #6: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals. Clean-up metal castings

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

Deposit of half down required to hold space. Registrants will be invoiced prior to first evening of course.

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
1 oz of Sterling silver casting grain
Glass powders
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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vitreous enamel on copper
vitreous enamel on copper
lost wax cast rings
lost wax cast rings

Fall into Winter courses & workshops

Special Halloween, Day of the Dead inspired workshops @nanopod Studio

November 4th or 11th (Remembrance Day) – Celebrate Dia de los Muertos and create a Day of the Dead glass “sugar” skull! This workshop is a great introduction to pâte de verre, which uses granules of glass to create sculptural forms.
Students are provided with a plaster silica skull mold and pâte de verre methods and design options are demonstrated.

Each student personalizes their ‘sugar’ skull using colourful glass powders and fill their molds with a glass frit paste. Student pieces will then be kiln-dried and back-filled prior to a final firing.

Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up a few days later. Turn your glass sugar skull into a light (discussion and demo in class). Your glass sugar skull will last forever with proper care.

Tuesday evening workshops run: 6:30-9:30pm  $110 pp, ALL materials included. 12 student max. Ages: 12 to adult welcome!
Oct 22

There’s 1 space available in the JUST METAL course starting up October 29th. Lost wax casting in Sterling silver and Bronze! More info found under FALL Courses & Workshops

Sunday, November 9th @ 10am – Victorian-style Mouse OR XS Rabbit Dioramas
2 special taxidermy workshops!
SOLD OUT

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Gift certificates are back! It’s that time of year again and nanopod studio has the gift certificate that keeps on giving! 🙂

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Gift certificates make great gifts, stocking stuffers and New Year resolutions!
Purchase a Ring Band workshop for $85, a full Metal + Glass course for $280, or customize your Gift with extra add-ons, maybe you’re looking to just purchase the gift of Studio Time? Your friends, family and loved ones aspiring to design and create their own jewelry, work with metal, work with glass- will thank you (maybe with an awesome handmade piece!).

Thanks for stopping by! If you are interested in other workshops and courses please look under the links in the menu above. 🙂

Metal 2, electroforming/plating, hollowform, casting, fusing, etching workshops in Toronto

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Form • Fabricate • Electroform • Etching • Fuse

6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Thursday evenings  March 13th, 12 weeks- 3 student minimum, 5 max. $180pp + $250 lab & materials fee**    

Demonstrations in fold forming, etching (copper & silver), and hollow forms (making silhouette dies), electroplating, Lost Wax casting and fusing glass small scale items & Sterling settings. 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 independently on their projects.
Starting 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, setting up & casting for lost wax, fusing a small glass colour bar*, and unusual settings with Sterling silver.

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″x 6″ copper, 2 ounces of Sterling silver casting grain, 1 gross of 3/0, 1/0, & 1 doz spiral saw blades. 3″x4″ plexiglass, Silver solder, flux, wax and expendables necessary for (copper) electroforming, casting and glass for fusing.              Use of tools and equipment.  Beginners welcome!

* cold working glass (sawing, fusing, polishing) for use in the Sterling setting portion or students can choose to cast glass. If you’d like to try both options add $45 onto lab fee
** students may opt to work on a project of their choice or just the sections available below.
Electroforming runs for 3 evenings at  $130pp
Lost wax casting runs 4 evenings at $180pp plus $130 lab fee (includes wax for ring or pendant and 2 ounces of Sterling casting grain)
If you have any further questions concerning this course, drop me an email!

register **The Lab & Materials fee is necessary if registering for the full course.

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metal 2 – Electroforming + Plating objects Interested in Electroforming & Plating organic items? Register for the electroforming part of this course (4 spaces available!) Thursday evenings, April 3rd to 24th 6:30-9:30pm $130pp  Students will electroform small items such as twigs, leaves, acorns, pods (iris, poppy) glass beads, crystals, gem stones, fossils, lace, wax models. Students will learn how to set-up their own electroforming/plating space at home or in their studio. How to prepare items to be electroformed: sealing items, adding jump rings, etc. Finishing items: plating with brass, gold*, black chrome, etc., adding patinas, enamelling pieces (however enamelling is not included in this workshop. Students need to bring latex, or Nitrile gloves, a glue gun & hot glue plus items** they would like to electroform/plate. *gold is not included but will be discussed. **items made in this class will be pendants, very simple rings or free standing objects.

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Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!

Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!

 

Metal 2 – Lost Wax Casting Interested in casting your own wax models? Register for the lost wax casting portion of this course (4 spaces available!) Thursday evenings, May 1st thru May 22nd. Lost wax casting runs 4 evenings at $180pp plus$130 lab fee deposit (includes wax for ring or pendant and 2 ounces of Sterling casting grain)

 

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March Metal + Glass Course(s)!

Hello internets! 🙂

It is Tuesday, February 18th and there are 2 spaces available in the March metal + glass course(s). 1 space in Monday, March 3rd and 1 space left for the Wednesday, March 12th start. The next course doesn’t start up until Monday April 28th. Here are some recent student pics to get ya inspired!

Mermaid Stones on Etsy sells these beauties! Labradorite, Untreated, all natural gorgeous stones ready to bezel set!
Mermaid Stones on Etsy sells these beauties! Labradorite, Untreated, all natural gorgeous stones ready to bezel set!

Register online with your Visa, or Mastercard via Paypal or come by the studio Monday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 5-9pm and pay with Visa, Mastercard or cash!
Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!
Lost wax cast rings in bronze and Sterling silver. Beginning student work!

Metal + Glass

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, Bronze 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!

Hand sawn, Viking inspired copper piece with Vitreous enamel  Beginning student work!
Hand sawn, Viking inspired copper piece with Vitreous enamel
Beginning student work!