24/7 Open Studio time Members have access to the studio facilities 24/7 June thru August* membership is $175/mo and includes access to studio tools, and equipment (contact us in advance if you require any equipment orientation).
Subscribe to membership online or via eTransfer (eTransfer to email@example.com) For this Summer’s special deal 1st & last is required up front.
Email the studio for further details, or come by Thursday, May 17 or 24 – meet & greet, sign an agreement and receive a key fob.
Materials and consumables are not included in Open Studio time– you need to supply your own saw blades, solder, drill bits, wax, metal, enamel powders, stones, etc. Assistance/guidance is not included, however you need to know what you are doing and how to properly/safely operate equipment, tools, and torches. If you are unfamiliar with some of the industrial/dangerous (chop off fingers, burn off your scalp equipment we suggest taking a beginning workshop or 4wk course). Orientations on how to operate our kilns needs to be booked in advance of kiln use please.
Local Suppliers:Gesswein and sells metal working supplies. Imperial Products (now called Umicore)supplies sterling silver, and gold in sheet form, wire, solder, tubing, etc. For casting your wax models there are a number of casting companies in Toronto: HL located at 59 Adelaide East, just west of Church street. Ready Mounts Casting– on Victoria close to Dundas Square, Procast– located in the 21 Dundas building, 7th floor.
nanopod is a non-smoking environment. Please refrain from wearing heavy perfumes, hair spray, soaps and smoking under the awning/in front of the studio.
BYOHP= Bring your own head phones! At nanopod- music is life. That said, if you don’t like electronic, ambient, classical, and the generally bizarre, please bring your own tunes/headphones 🙂
This intensive class introduces fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln either through lost wax casting, Pate de Verre or a combination of the two.Learn the art of lost wax casting glass, and pate de verre. From paper thin to thicker lost wax models, adding metal inclusions, and more. Students will learn how to make moulds from existing objects using Alginate, as well as model new ones from clay and wax. Hand built moulds and box moulds will be made with various refractory materials. Students will learn different firing and annealing schedules for casting & pate de verre. Hand cold-working without the need of expensive equipment! No experience necessary!All materials are included. Students are required to bring in their own half-face respirator with particulate filters. Aprons are available for use at the studio, as are all tools and equipment necessary for sculpting, firing and cold working glass, however, students are welcome to bring in their own tools, etc., just make sure your items are marked. kiln casting workshop Size max 3 inches in any direction. Day 1: Replication. Students will make simple alginate 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. While the silicone/alginate moulds cure, students build a small bowl form out of clay (add texture/details) and from there build a refractory mould, once set-up the clay is removed and students are shown how to apply glass to the mould a la Pate de Verre. Colour samples (towards casting) are also made on this day.
Day 2: Wax pouring and hand-built moulds. Students pour multiple waxes from their silicone/alginate 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, silicone/alginate materials necessary for mould building, Refractory materials, Wax, Nitrile glove, sn95 Particulate respirator, Cold-working consumables
Lab fee (optional): $100 covers Gaffer crystal colours*, Bullseye colours: sheet, billet, fine, medium or coarse frit, metals.. Students are emailed concerning glass colour choice, otherwise everyone works with clear glass and coloured frit (further info concerning this below).
Glass: we will be working with Bullseye glass (clear).
For the Pate de Verre project participants work with clear fine frit, and may add colour through painting onto the mould surface using glass Powders. The studio has a basic colour palette of Bullseye Glass Powders in red, orange, yellow, greens, and blues along with black and white.
1- Pate de Verre- thin walled ‘casting’, open-face mould.
1- Solid kiln cast form, discuss refractory materials, mother moulds, face coats. Venting/gating/sprueing up your wax model.
If you want to work with coloured Bullseye Glass Frits (fine, medium, course, etc for Pate de Verre and/or casting), Billets (casting only) or Gaffer Crystal (Not compatible with Bullseye, only used in solid casting part of course)> that is extra (the Lab fee) and would need to be ordered ahead of the class. This is not mandatory at all, though.
That said, if you are unfamiliar with Bullseye and/or Gaffer glass you of course would ask: …What’s the difference, why would I choose to work with one over the other?
Bullseye glass is made from Soda Lime, and depending on colour various oxides, metals, pigments are added. Gaffer is created similarly however it has a low viscosity at normal casting temperatures and has virtually no tendency to devitrify -at all- at top casting temperatures, nor on its descent in temperature down to the annealing range. Furthermore, its very low viscosity,
and low surface tension at 780-900°C. (1426-1650°F), leads to very good surface definition. This makes it especially suitable for jewelry scale pieces, as well as large work.
Bullseye Glass is offered in various forms: Sheet, billet/cullet, Frit, Rod, Stringer, Dichroic, Powder.
Gaffer casting crystal is offered in: Billet, chunky ‘frit’.
There will be items on display at the studio made from both Bullseye and Gaffer.
Links to view glass colours (Frit, Billet), and Gaffer crystal.
nanopod: Hybrid Studio is the only studio in Toronto offering multi process learning in 1 amazing course!
metal + glassParticipants learn foundation: metal fabrication, soldering, forging sterling silver ring bands, bezel/prong setting cabochon stones, wax carving & lo-tech casting of bronze/sterling silver, lost wax casting and/or fusing (kiln forming) glass, rivets, working with vitreous enamels, & more!
From now to January 5th receive the added bonus of 20% off ANY of our metal + glass courses or workshops, when you register online*
(Other class options listed under Courses & Workshops 2016- link above)
METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, January 11th- runs Monday & Wednesday evenings
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
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
Receive 20% off when you sign up before January 5th *discount at checkout (online sales only.)
Ars Vitraria Experimentalis : Glass casting course 4 Sessions: Saturday afternoons noon-5:30/6pm, May 30th start-up – 5 Student max., 3 student min. $585 includes all materials.This workshop is perfect for people looking to turn non-glass items into glass and properly build moulds. Using the lost wax casting process, this course covers various mould making techniques. Adding metal and clay inclusions. Working with alginate and silicone moulds to replicate pieces. Participants will learn how to hand finish pieces, and use the nano ‘cold-shop’ to grind, sand, and cut glass. Participants in this class will create beautiful and original sculptures, while learning the infinite possibilities of casting glass!
Half down payment:
4 week Metal + Glass Next course starts up Monday, May 25th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings (register below) Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass – 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. – $280 per person, 6 people max, 3 people min.
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
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!