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!

March Break taster workshops

March Break 13-17, 2017 Taster workshops!

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Wednesday March 15: 1pm-4pm Glass bead workshop $88pp btn_buynow_LG

 


Thursday March 16: 1pm-4pm or 6pm-9pm Glass terrarium workshop $88pp*btn_buynow_LG

 


Friday March 17: 1pm-4pm Glass Fusing workshop– pendants! $88ppbtn_buynow_LG

 


Saturday March 18: 1pm-4pm Ring Band workshop– make a sterling silver ring band. $88ppbtn_buynow_LG

 

metal + glass March Break! Handmade, diy workshops include; flame working mandrel wound glass beads, stained glass terrariums, kiln-forming glass pendants and hand forming a sterling silver ring band! All materials included in price. No experience necessary! Small glass terrariums include 1 succulent, soil and river rocks to start-up your miniature terrarium world. Sign up for 3 workshops for $250.  Please email the studio if you have any questions concerning these workshops. 12yrs on up allowed! * Please leave note in Paypal checkout with your preferred workshop time (1-4 or 6-9pm)

3 workshop package 1: terrarium, glass beads, ring band workshop:

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3 workshop package 2: terrarium, kiln-forming, ring band workshop:

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3 workshop package 3: terrarium, glass beads, kiln-forming:

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Flame-work molten glass & Metal + Glass Camp!

Pate de verre bowl
Pate de verre bowl

Glass Pate de Verre workshop Friday afternoon, July 15th 1pm-4pm $130pp This 3-hour class introduces many fundamental concepts of creating glass objects in the kiln. After a brief overview, students make a small bowl or ‘Sugar’ Skull using granules of glass that are mixed to form a paste. Colour is applied selectively by sifting or painting on glass powders. Pâte de verre is a kilncasting method that literally means “paste of glass”.  The general premise is to mix frit granules with some sort of binder such as gum arabic, then apply the glass to the inner surface of a negative mood. Nanopod provides students with a plaster silica mold of a bowl or skull and demonstrates pâte de verre methods and design options. You personalize the project using a palette of glass powders and fill the shell of the mold with a frit paste. Your piece will the be kiln-dried and back-filled prior to firing. The final piece, which will be available for pick-up a few days after class, will be a hollow form that, despite its delicate and sugary appearance, is a strong and long lasting object. Bowls are approximately 4 inches in diameter and 2 inches high.                                           No experience necessary, materials included!Eventbrite - Glass Pate de Verre workshop


 


hand flame-worked glass heart

hand flame-worked glass heart

Flame ON!, Thursday afternoons (multiple dates available click: Buy Tickets to be taken to schedule) noon to 4pm  $130 per person, includes materials- 4 student max 
This workshop introduces students to the basics of mandrel-wound glass beadmaking by the process of flameworking (lampworking) shaping glass at a bench-mounted, surface-mix oxygen/propane torch. Safety is discussed, tools, terminology of glass, and process. Each student will have access to a torch and will melt and form glass using a variety of hand tools.

This is the chance to experience working molten glass! While not a “product-oriented” workshop, there will be time for the student to make a small, but satisfying stash of colorful beads which are annealed overnight, and cleaned when you pick them up.  Class fee includes all materials
No experience necessary! Ages 14 on up are welcome! Eventbrite - Flame ON!

Flame-worked glass bead

Flame-worked glass bead

 

 

 

 

 



Kiln Forming/Glass fusingMetal + Glass 8 day Camp! August 2nd to August 11th Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal .. have fun learning new skills. $400pp

Summer art/craft camp! This intensive workshop teaches students how to work with hand tools, design concepts, subtractive and additive sculpting, kiln-forming glass, painting with glass, etching metal ..  have fun learning new skills.

Everyday covers a different technique
Safety in the studio and working with various materials is covered with each new process.
Day 1: Working with hammers and stamping tools students add textures, words, images to copper pendants, and small bracelets.
Day 2: Properly measure, texture and form sterling silver ring bands.
Day 3: Small field trip to the near-by park to collect blades of grass, twigs, leaves-back at the studio observe your specimen under a microscope and replicate your findings in glass! Paint on glass, make a couple of pendants and a window piece. Students will learn kiln forming/carving and make 5″x7″ window pieces and a couple of pendants.
Day 4: Working with cuttlefish bone moulds carve out patterns that will then be cast in pewter.
Day 5: Work with vitreous enamel painting/sifting images on copper that will be fused in a kiln.
Day 6: Draw pictures onto brass or copper and learn how to etch metal (like circuit boards) and turn these images into pins/brooches.
Day 7: Working with found items: flat rocks, drift wood, twigs, bottle caps, broken ceramic bits students learn how to hand drill and rivet with metal tubing and turn their finds into charm necklaces/bracelets.
Day 8: Finish up projects.

What’s included:
Sterling silver for 1 ring band
Copper for forming, rivets, and making bracelet blanks
Brass for etching
Glass enamels
Glass for kiln forming
Sterling for cuttlefish casting – approx 5 grams
Cuttlefish bone
Microscope slides
Nichrome wire
Chain
Various copper, brass and bronze wire

Use of tools and equipment.
* Salt solutions are used for etching. The studio works with green alternatives whenever possible. Students will not come into contact with any harmful chemicals. Particulate masks are worn when working with glass powders. At no time are the students working with fire, or dangerous materials.
Recommended for 12 years on up! Under 18? Parental consent forms are sent via email upon registration.

Super course rate of $50 per day – Reserve your space today!

ring band workshops

Glass Fusing and bezel setting/ring band class

Screenshot 2015-11-15 19.37.39Glass Fusing, ring band workshop. December 5th & 6th 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, 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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Ma découverte enthousiaste du four Vitrigraph

L’an passé, j’ai eu l’honneur de recevoir une bourse de la GAAC, la Bourse de Projet  2013. Cela m’a permis d’approfondir ma passion pour la représentation artistique de l’histoire naturelle et la réalisation de lieux imaginaires à travers la recherche, la création et le développement de l’art des baguettes au Vitrigraph et des murines. Habituellement, le murine et les baguettes se travaillent en atelier de soufflage ou de chalumeau. Mon but était d’obtenir un effet similaire au travail des murines et des baguettes à chaud, mais en bien plus petit, à l’échelle de l’orfèvrerie. Lorsque je travaillais les murines et les baguettes au chalumeau, je ne suis  jamais parvenue à obtenir l’effet (ou peut être la qualité) escompté.

Au départ, j’espérais pouvoir employer de façon améliorée mon four AF138. Mais ce four ne pouvait pas dépasser la température de 1300°F. Pour travailler les baguettes au Vitrigraph, il faut une température entre 1600°F et 1680°F.

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Le four Caldera de Paragon est prévu pour le Vitrigraph et peut atteindre des températures au-delà des 2300°F. Après plusieurs mois d’essais et d’erreurs répétitives, et grâce au soutien généreux de la GAAC, j’ai enfin commandé un Caldera.

En attendant que le Caldera arrive, je me suis amusée à envisager différents assemblages. Pour assembler, il faut un pot en céramique ou en terra cotta avec un trou à sa base. C’est la façon dont le verre est assemblé, ainsi que le nombre de pièces/couches de verre (verre concassé ou baguette), qui déterminent  le motif des murines. 33 à 36 disques allant de 3 à 6 po de diamètre sont nécessaires pour remplir un pot.

 
4_bullseyeExamples_TeranTosca_2013Projectgrant-640x619The above excerpt is from the Canadian Glass Art magazine concerning my 2013 GAAC Project Award. The article appeared in the December 2014 issue and I encourage you, fair readers, to please check it out! Meanwhile, I am teaching a Glass Fusing course August 8th & 9th 2015 out of my studio in Toronto. While this workshop doesn’t cover Vitrigraph pulls it will cover working with glass powders and slumping forms, as well as bezel setting your small fused glass pieces and forging a ring band! $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!
Sterling silver pendant backs and special glass adhesive are included.

New Year DIY Workshops in Toronto!

SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST WORKSHOPS IN 2015!

(psst, these workshops make incredible OOAK gifts!!)

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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 how to cast polyurethane resin 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.

 

 

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 Sunday, January, 25th  This is perfect for newly engaged folks. Take the class together and learn to make your own custom wedding bands! 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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Pate de Verre Sugar Skulls, adornments, objects! 6:30-9:30pm Tuesday, Jan 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.

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brit1 Day workshop in electroforming and plating crystals, geodes, glass beads and more!
January 24th, 10am to 5pm $140pp

Learn how to electro-form copper onto wax, crystals, geodes, fossils, and glass then plate over the copper with gold. Agate slices, crystals and glass beads will be available for experimentation. Participants are encouraged to bring in their own stash of shells, crystals and small items.
All materials included! Register today. Email for gift certificate info.

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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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.

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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

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 ourFAQ’s check out some past student work! btn_buynowCC_BLK

 

 

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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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March 2014 metal + glass

Thought I should update everyone concerning March’s metal + glass courses!

Monday evening’s course has one space left as of February 3rd and Wednesday evening’s course has three spots available as of today as well.

Register while there’s still space available! The next 8 week workshops will start in May. If you have any questions please, email me.