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Metal + Glass February 4 week course & the zombie apocalypse

Metal-smithing use to be considered a trade. More than constructing luxe, designer jewellery working with metal; sawing, piercing, forming, soldering, carving, teaches skills to build shit that could save your life- in the event the zombie apocalypse actually happens. Clasps, knives, buckles, swords, chains, containers, armour. Fix things. Use hammers. Know how to use a torch a join two pieces of metal.

For real, I am not joking here.

Also, GLASS. Vitreous enamel coats metal. Take your bathtub. Or a Butcher’s tray- vitreous enamel fused onto metal. Often steel. In my course you use copper and/or silver. Lost wax casting into metal or glass. Rivets- rivets are used to generally hold materials together that cannot take heat (metal and plexiglas, for instance). They can of course be decorative, too.

So, if the world turns Mad Max or into a messed up version of Rick Grimes and the Saviours- you can be prepared to upcycle metal and/or glass into usable, functional items. Save the world.

METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Monday, February 5th $285pp (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat)



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.

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, invest models for casting in Glass and Metal (separately) Waxes for metal casting are weighed and calculated (sterling runs $2.50/grm unless lab fee has been purchased).

evening #5: Cast moulds in sterling silver or bronze! Remove glass pieces from moulds.

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!  More details in the Metal Workshops section. 

Metal + Glass course dates (Monday + Wednesday evenings):

February 5th-28th- 



August workshops & courses at nanopod: Hybrid Studio in Toronto

Looking to rent space in a glass casting, fusing, flame working and gold-smithing studio? Open Studio time resumes September 18th. Book time during the afternoon or evening Tuesday thru Saturday! Meanwhile, workshops and courses start-up with Ring Band workshops Saturday, September 20th 11-2pm   register



Jp & Kirsten's engagement rings. Sterling silver. Ring Band workshop
Jp & Kirsten’s engagement rings. Sterling silver. Ring Band workshop


Lost Wax Casting course starts-up Thursday evenings, September 18th thru October 16th. Register soon there’s only 2 spots left

Metal 2 – Lost Wax Casting Interested in casting your own wax models? Thursday evenings, August 28th thru September 25th. Lost wax casting runs 5 evenings at $180pp plus $130 lab fee (includes wax and 2 ounces of Sterling silver casting grain) Design, sculpt and carve a 3-dimensional ring, or pendant then, learn how to invest and cast your wax in Sterling silver. Finishing your castings through sanding, filing, and polishing.












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Metal + Glass workshops and course update!

The March metal + glass, 8 week courses are starting to fill up- register soon!

This 8 week course covers basic hand sawing, forming and fabrication, soldering (joint, sweat and pic), vitreous enamels on copper, depletion gilding Sterling silver, wax carving and cuttlebone casting, bezel settings, tube setting, rivets (cold connections), simple findings, and flame-working soft glass. All for $275! Materials and expendable included for most projects/processes. Next courses start Monday March 3rd and Wednesday March 12th

Hand sawn nickel silver with copper and silver inlay
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
lost wax cast sterling w/pearls
karyn's ring
Sterling silver, lost wax cast ring w/tube set 3mm diamond

Working with Polyurethane! Making silicone moulds!

This is a special, one-off workshop with guest instructor: Nick Sainchuk

Don’t miss out! Register today- ALL materials included.

Courses offered
Sterling rings & bezel set stones, vitreous enamel on copper and silver, silicone moulds w/polyurethane, Clay model for silicone mould making or lost wax castings, married metal brass, nickel, copper and Sterling ring, flame-worked glass sculpture

Electroforming organic and non-organic objects!

This is an amazing process! Grow metal onto acorns, bone, glass, plastic, wax.

In this workshop students will grow copper onto various materials they bring into class. The layer of copper is thick enough to stand on its own. Depending on the material electroformed, students might later plate, paint, heat patina, or add vitreous enamels to this surface adding more texture and interest. 3 spaces available for this workshop. Register under the Metal 2 course!

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

metal 2
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!


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


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!



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.


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

Thanks for looking! Any questions please, contact nanopod.