Wedding rings, commitment rings, friendships rings, engagement rings! Toronto ring band workshops!

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

Wedding rings, commitment rings, friendships rings, engagement ring! Toronto ring band workshops!

Sterling silver Ring band workshops taking place Wednesday evening, Aug 2nd, Thursday evening, Aug 10th or Tuesday August 22nd. Register here>

I’ve offered wedding band and ring band workshops in Toronto since 2003. Long before other, similar studios opened and followed suit. I have been a professional working metalsmith/artist since 1986.

San Francisco, Santa Fe/Taos, New Mexico, Texas, Toronto and occasionally Iceland, I have lived, worked and taught these particular workshops.

My 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, however if you are interested in Sterling silver ring bands you are more than welcome to join any Ring Band workshop!

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 demonstrate 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
14k red gold ring
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 Saturday or 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, sapphires,  iron. Another idea: cast two different metals!

 

Marcylin & Zoe's commitment rings. Sterling silver
Marcylin & Zoe’s commitment rings. Sterling silver
Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

The Devil’s Workshop has provided popular jewellery making workshops including The Weddings, bes

Everyone is welcome!

poke wedding bands and special commissions of all types as well as repairs.

Metal + Glass individual workshops

The studio is offering individual workshops in metal forming and fabrication/soldering, ring band forging, kiln forming or flame working, bezel setting stones, carving wax, lo-tech casting, etching metal, cold connections and more!

Each workshop runs 3 hours and includes materials necessary to cover the projects. No experience necessary! Afternoon hours 1-4pm or Evening hours 6:30-9:30pm

Please see workshop schedule below:

Monday, May 15th or 29th- Form, fabricate (saw, drill): working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures. Make a pendant, cuff bracelet or a couple of rings. Heat colouring the copper, sweat soldering is covered. $88pp includes saw blades, drill bits, 2″ x 4.5″ piece of copper, silver solder. 

 



Ring band workshops

Wednesday May 17 or May 31st- Ring band workshop: Making a band ring out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.) Learn how to properly size, measure your finger, anneal sterling silver, joint solder, form and finish a beautiful sterling silver ring! $88pp includes all materials to complete 1 ring band.

 

 



Monday, May 22nd or June 14th- Kiln & Torch fired Vitreous enamel: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings. Saw, add texture, form a pendant, add powdered glass enamel. $88pp includes enamel and 2″x2″ piece of copper, saw blades, drill bits. There is no soldering in this workshop.  

 

 



Wednesday May 24th or Monday June 19th-  Bezel set a cabochon stone or flat bottomed crystal: Learn how to bezel set stones working with fine and sterling silver. Pendants are made in this workshop. $88pp includes all materials for 1 pendant.

 

 



Wednesday May 24th or Monday June 29th- Bezel set a cabochon stone or prong-set a crystal/fossil: Learn how to bezel set stones working with fine and sterling silver. Rings are made in this workshop $125pp includes all materials for 1 ring with a bezel OR prong set crystal/fossil. Materials available for use include; bronze, sterling silver. A ring incorporating both metals is allowed! 

 



Register for the entire 4 week series starting May 29th: $275pp Again: zero experience necessary! 

 

METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday May 29th, 2017 and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings • Learn basic Goldsmithing – 12pm to 3pm or 6:30-9:30pm 

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/brass.

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: (items with asterisk included with Lab Fee)

Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper & *16 ga Sterling silver sheet & wire/15 gr casting grain

Sterling silver for 1 ring band, approx 60mm in length and 1.5mm thick (6mm wide)

Wax

Solder

1 dozen 3/0 saw blades, *1 gross selection of Jeweller’s saw blades

Glass powders/Frit & sheet for Fusing *Approximately 1kg of Lead crystal towards a lost wax casting.

Bezel wire for 1 setting

Use of tools & equipment *Bench pin and saw frame to take home

Students are encouraged to supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc. However there is a small selection of stones for students to choose from.

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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Lost Wax Casting Course Toronto


screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-12-16-36-pmLost wax casting course- sculpt wax, make moulds, cast your objects in Sterling silver* 4 weeks Monday & Wednesday evenings starting July  6:30-9:30pm $550pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $275 to reserve seat deposit_button

No experience necessary! 6 student max.

Deposit of $275 to reserve seat deposit_button

In this course students carve/sculpt jeweller’s wax making a ring or a pendant that will be cast in Sterling silver using the Vacuum casting process. Burn out casting will be discussed, and low-tech casting methods will be discussed and demonstrated*.

Students will learn how to make moulds for wax injection/production work. Casting stones in place, such as: diamonds, sapphires, meteorites and certain lab grown stones will be discussed/demonstrated.

The first evening starts with an introduction to various jeweller’s wax, carving tools, subtractive and additive sculpting. Students then discuss their design ideas and begin to carve/sculpt their pieces to be cast.

The second evening demonstrates how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, and wood

Each evening covers a different part of the Lost Wax process into finishing work to a high polish or brushed finish as well as working with patinas.

14k red gold ring
14k red gold ring

What’s included:

Various wax for carving and sculpting

Silicone kits for mould making

spiral saw blades

Nitrile gloves

Particulate masks

2 ounces of Sterling silver

Cuttlefish bone to try lo-tech casting

List of local suppliers and course handbook

 

*students wishing to cast in gold will be given supplier information.

Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws
Sterling silver lost wax cast crab claws

Ring Band Workshops in Toronto

Ring band workshops
Ring band workshops

Ring band workshop, Saturday, Sept 3rd 12pm-3pm $88.50pp

Learn how to properly measure for your finger, handsaw, anneal Sterling silver, add texture with hammers, steel stamps, or Rolling mill. Form, solder and finish to matte or high polish and leave this workshop with a beautiful sterling silver ring band!

All materials included: Sterling for 1 ring band. No experience necessary!

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Metal 2 {work with copper & sterling silver}
Winter class:
Thursday, January 19 start $260  + $125 lab fee – 4 week course

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Workshop includes:
wire for prong-like settings, bails
various solder
saw blades
3”x3” 16ga sterling silver sheet

Students supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

Form, fold, hammer, bend, fuse, using the jeweller’s saw as a design tool; create unusual forms and settings. Get up close and personal working with copper and Sterling silver. Students learn how to anneal and work harden their metal. From constructing one of a kind rings, settings, bracelets, brooches and pendants students leave with beautiful, handmade creations and the knowledge/skills to build more work!

Resource list of suppliers is included. bezel settings

Register with 3 or more friends and receive 10% off (each seat).

Screenshot 2016-04-27 09.35.37METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, January 23rd and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings Form • Fabricate • Cast • Fuse – Learn basic Goldsmithing – 6:30-9:30pm, – $275 per person or include ALL materials with an extra $125 lab fee.

Each workshop covers a different process in Goldsmithing: fabricating, forming, soldering, enamelling, bezel setting, carving wax to be cast in Sterling silver or bronze/brass, lo-tech casting in the studio, with cuttlefish bone, rivets, and finishing your work. Lab fee includes 3inch x 3″ 16 gauge sterling silver plate, jeweller’s saw frame and bench pin, gross of saw blades, 10grams of casting grain.

First evening starts off with hand sawing out designs in copper.

Please contact the studio via email with any further questions.

with lab fee $275
without lab fee $275

 

 

 

deposit towards course with lab fee
deposit towards course with lab fee

Early Fall end of Summer workshops at nanopod studio!

ringRing band, Bezel & Prong setting classes

Available dates/times:
Tuesday, August 30th 6:30-9:30/10pm & Thursday, Sept 1st 6:30-9:30/10pm  or
Saturday, Sept 3rd afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
or Winter classes:
Saturday, January 28th afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
Saturday, February 4th afternoon intensive 12pm-6pm
$285 per person

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Please add date choice in note

 

 

 

Workshop includes:
fine silver bezel wire
wire for prong-like settings, bails
solder
saw blades
3”x3” 18ga sterling silver sheet

Students supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

Learn how to measure, fabricate and form ring bands, bezel/prong set cabochon stones, saw, and solder. Texture your metal designs using hammers, stamping tools, roller print (using lace, paper cut-outs, leaf skeletons, hole punched paper, etc), annealing and work hardening your metal. Students leave with beautiful, handmade creations and the knowledge/skills to build more work!

Resource list of suppliers is included. Reserve your seat(s) soon! bezel settings

Register with 3 or more friends and receive 10% off (each seat).

 

Late Fall 4 week course in goldmsithing & silversmithing Toronto

Last course for 2015- learn basic, beginning jewellery skills. Carve wax for lost wax casting, bezel-set stones, make a sterling silver ring-band, form, solder (sweat & joint), lo-tech casting, finishing, working with vitreous enamels, rivets and more! Register by Nov 12th

 METAL + GLASS 4wk: Last course for 2015 starts up Monday, November 16th and runs Monday & Wednesday evenings
Full
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

Payment in full is required to hold space. 

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

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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lost wax cast rings
lost wax cast rings
vitreous enamel on copper
vitreous enamel on copper

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Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Sterling silver hand-fabricated ring with bezel-set Dendritic agate
Hand sawn copper brooch, formed and fused with vitreous enamel
Hand sawn copper brooch, formed and fused with vitreous enamel
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver
Bezel-set rock, sterling silver
Lost wax cast Sterling silver + Glass Coy-Wolf jaw
Lost wax cast Sterling silver + Glass Coy-Wolf jaw
Birthday party ring band workshop!
Birthday party ring band workshop!

Metal + Glass + Taxidermy in Toronto

Looking to learn some new skills? Or up your game? Nanopod studio offers workshops in traditional, contemporary and futuristic goldsmithing/silversmithing; lost wax casting of glass and/or sterling silver, pate de verre, glass fusing, etching sterling, copper, steel, Keum-bo, anodizing titanium/niobium, cold-connections, stone setting, working with vitreous enamel and…..drum roll, taxidermy.

All workshops and courses are open to absolute beginners with little to no experience.

The Taxidermy workshops are taught by guest artist instructors: Morbid Anatomy Museum’s, Divya Anantharaman (aka Friend’s Forever) and Toronto’s own Casual Taxidermist, Ankixa Risk

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Divya
Ankixa
Ankixa

The next Metal + Glass course is scheduled for September 14th and runs two evenings a week, Monday & Wednesday. Reserve your seat, spaces fill up fast!

Casual Taxidermy classes return in September and Divya returns to Toronto October 24th & 25th to hold special bird taxidermy classes! Interested in learning how to create beautiful Victorian, Steampunk, Burlesque hats, fascinators & wearable taxidermy? Get your name on our list! 

Lost wax casting, Stone setting, Enameling, Ring Bands & more in Toronto

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Cuttlefish bone castings: sterling silver

 

Well, here’s some badass news! Starting August 17th the Metal + Glass course will include lost wax casting from start to finish!

What exactly does that mean? You might wonder. It means that now participants will not only learn how to work with ‘jeweler’s wax’ but they will also learn how to invest and cast their models using the centrifugal casting machine in house! That is going to equal lots of thrills and chills 🙂 Fun times and mega skills. The price of the course is going up a little, just $5.00 and also includes 1 ounce of Sterling silver casting grain. Adding in house casting opens up a lot of possibilities folks! Can’t wait to see who signs up for this new course offering. 😀

Below are full details, images and links to go register! Any questions? Please email me.

 

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

4 week Metal + Glass: Next course starts up Monday, August 17th or Fall start, September 14th 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. – $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 casts 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 findings.

evening #8: Finish up projects

No experience necessary! Register here (link takes you to a Square check-out page)

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.

Vitreous enamel on copper
Vitreous enamel on copper

 

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

 

 

 

Lost wax cast rings

 

 

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)

DIY Handmade Ring Band Workshops Toronto

Jp & Kirsten's engagement rings. Sterling silver
Jp & Kirsten’s engagement rings. Sterling silver

Ring band workshop
3hrs $85pp
6 student max per workshop/session
Next workshop dates are: Saturday, July 4th or July 18th
Commitment rings, engagement rings, friendship rings or a ring for yourself! This workshop will introduce students 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! #DIY

 

Dinah & Stephanie's commitment rings. Sterling silver
Marcilyn & Zoe’s commitment rings. Sterling silver

Learn how to properly size your finger, calculate the length of metal necessary, add various textures using hammers, stamping tools, or add the texture of a leaf, fabric 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, amazing ring band} NO experience necessary. Book a private workshop for a birthday party!

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

Register today with a friend!  Link takes you to our Square check-out page.

Have any questions concerning these workshops please feel free to email me!

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