Construct a OOAK ring band with bezel setting!

ringSpecial Ring band, Bezel & Prong setting Workshop. Or make a pendant!

Available dates/times:
Thursday evening’s starting January 3rd in the new Queen street west location!
during Open Studio time 906 Queen Street West at Crawford street!

6:30pm-9:30pm 3 evenings
$225 per person includes materials for 1 ring (cabs not included)

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, or by fusing/soldering cut-out shapes, small balls, metal shavings, etc., onto the band. Learn what annealing is and work hardening your metal. Students leave with beautiful, handmade, OOAK creations and the knowledge/skills to build more work!

A resource list of suppliers is included. Reserve your seat(s) soon!

Workshop includes:
fine silver bezel wire for a cabochon cut stone.
wire for prong-like settings or to use to as a bail for a pendant.
solder
saw blades
Students supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc. OR purchase a stone from SonaTona Gemstones when they visit the studio with their inventory! Visit @sonatona_gemstones and purchase from them ahead of the workshop. Note: we do not receive a kickback or percentage by sharing/hosting Sonatona_gemstones. We suggest their stones because they are beautiful and Sonatona are lovely people to work with! Plus, they’re local! ūüôā

bezel settings

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

 

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
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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 ūüôā 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. ūüėÄ

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 ‚ÄĘ Fabricate ‚ÄĘ Cast ‚ÄĘ Fuse¬†‚Äď Learn basic Goldsmithing + Lost wax casting glass ‚Äď 6:30-9:30pm, 4 weeks, 2 evenings per week. ‚Äď $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)

March Metal + Glass Course(s)!

Hello internets! ūüôā

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!

Metalsmithing, Gold-smithing, Silver-smithing workshops

[shown from left to right: flame-working, sawing/piercing. Below, L-R: Hand sawn copper, wax models for lost wax casting]
[shown from left to right: flame-working, sawing/piercing. Below, L-R: Hand sawn copper, wax models for lost wax casting]
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!
 

metal + glass 8 week Metal + Glass (Next course starts up Monday, January 6th 2014)
Form ‚ÄĘ Fabricate ‚ÄĘ Flamework ‚ÄĘ 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! 

Fire + Gravity  (Next course starts January 7th 2014)
Sculpt with molten glass
6:30-9:30pm, 1 evening per week
$340.00 per person, 4 people max per course, 3 people min ‚Äď $170 deposit required to hold space.
Focus on beginning mandrel wound glass beads. Working with beautiful Italian, Chinese and German hand-pulled glass students create beads, and rings. History is discussed, glass formulas, annealing cycles, glass suppliers/makers, and more! Create your own glass beads.
Continuing where you left off the 1st day, learn how to sculpt different forms, rake, encase, make ‚Äėtwisties‚Äô, simple murrini, mix your own colours! Make hollow, florals, zebra & tiger striped beads, start sculpting!¬†metal -in- glass! Using silver foil/leaf in your beads. Work¬†with ivory glass, silver and clear, pull silvered ivory stringer. Add silver foil to other colours and see what happens!
Start working off-mandrel. Warning: Off-Mandrel flameworking is addictive.  Work Large! Create beautiful focal pieces, intergalactic marbles, and pendants. Demos include: Small vessels (small scale glass blowing), working with metal mesh, and more! All materials included*! No experience necessary! *Each student receives aspecial glass kit

metal 2 (course starts up January 8th)
Form ‚ÄĘ Fabricate ‚ÄĘ Cast
forming, fabricating, casting, electroforming
6:30-10pm, 1 evening per week, Wednesday evenings starting Jan 8th to March 26th, 12 weeks (Open Studio time available during the course)
$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! Beginners welcome!

Fused Glass Components for Jewelry, Wearables & Functional items
Friday, Feb 7 6-9:00pm, Saturday Feb 8 10am ‚Äď 5pm, Sunday Feb 9th 10am ‚Äď 5pm (4.5 day workshop)
3 student minimum, 5 Student max.,
$325pp Deposit of $150 to hold space. Next class starts: February 7th 2014

Fused glass (Kiln-glass) is frequently used in jewelry, but the emphasis is often on quantity rather than quality. In this class you will learn to distinguish your work through thoughtful design, careful studio practices, multiple firings, coldworking methods and, ultimately, good craftsmanship. Various glass c.o.e’s will be discussed, compatibility, annealing schedules, slumping and tack fusing.

Instruction will cover creating jewelry elements for a variety of forms, functions and styles; working with pattern bars, Vitrigraph, stencils, etc. Samples of and discussions about using kilnformed elements in jewelry applications or with other wearables will also be included, as will practical considerations such as studio setup and costs. All materials included. No experience necessary!

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!

[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]
[shown from left to right: vitreous enamel on copper/bezel set, cuttlebone cast ring. Bottom: Fused glass powders, Sterling ring bands]

For further information and to register using Visa, or Mastercard please visit, https://nanopod.tv/winter-courses-workshops-2014/ or contact Tosca at nanotopia@me.com or drop by the studio Monday thru Thursday evening 6-9pm
nanopod: Hybrid Studio
322 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON
647-780-4478
nanotopia@me.com