DIY Steel Stamps & basic chasing/repoussé workshop

DIY Steel stamps & basic Chasing & Repoussé  Thursday evenings, May 10th & 17th**
$175 per person, ALL materials included. 

Make your own mark! Learn how to create stamping tools for decorative use, and chasing/repoussé tools traditionally used in making dimensional forms/decorations in copper, silver, gold for use in armour, architectural designs, and jewellery.
Students will spend the first evening designing and making their stamps and chasing/repoussé tools. The 2nd evening learning how to use these tools working with a cast iron pitch pot and German pitch. Demonstrations in how to transfer pitch to their pots, transfer designs/images to metal, and through hammering/chasing these images will appear as low relief in the metal. Copper will be used in this workshop. Note: students receive pitch bowl/pitch, copper for projects and a minimum of 12 stamping tools. Students leave the workshop with their copper practice pieces, stamps made from the first evening and the basic knowledge to continue forward. Hammers sold separately, but are available for use during class.

Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. It is a form of toreutics.

There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite of repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.

While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. The term chasing is derived from the noun “chase”, which refers to a groove, furrow, channel, or indentation. The adjectival form is “chased work”.

The techniques of repoussé and chasing use the plasticity of metal, forming shapes by degrees. There is no loss of metal in the process as it is stretched locally and the surface remains continuous. The process is relatively slow but a maximum of form is achieved, with one continuous surface of sheet metal of essentially the same thickness. Direct contact of the tools used is usually visible in the result, a condition not always apparent in other techniques, where all evidence of the working method is eliminated. An incredible example from antiquity is the late Eighteenth Dynasty mummy mask of Tutankhamun. The lapis lazuli and other stones were inlaid in chased areas after the height of the form was completed. The majority of the mask was formed using the technique of repoussé from what appears to be a single sheet of gold (the ceremonial beard, Nekhbet vulture, and Uraeus were attached separately).

2 spots available for Metal + Glass & Steel Stamp workshop

Steel stamps, Chasing & Repoussé tools & how to use them! Thursday evenings, April 12th thru 19th 6:30pm – 9:30pm
$175 per person, ALL materials included.

Make your own mark! Learn how to create stamping tools for decorative use, and chasing/repoussé tools traditionally used in making dimensional forms/decorations in copper, silver, gold for use in armour, architectural designs, and jewellery.
Students will spend the first evening designing and making their stamps and chasing/repoussé tools. The 2nd evening learning how to use these tools working with copper, a cast iron pitch pot and German pitch. Demonstrations in how to transfer pitch to their pots, transfer designs/images to metal, and through hammering/chasing these images will appear as low relief in the metal. Students will also have time to make a simple copper pendant using their decorative stamps made the 1st evening! Copper will be used in this workshop. Note: students receive a pitch bowl/pitch, copper for projects and a minimum of 12 stamping tools. Students leave the workshop with their copper practice pieces, stamps made from the first evening and the basic knowledge to continue forward. Hammers sold separately, but are available for use during class.

Further information can be found here.

 

Learn how to form, fabricate, solder, set-stones and more in our 4 wk Metal + Glass course.

4 week or 8 week course, choose your start-up time below.

metal + glass
Sterling silver lost wax cast forms, vitreous enamel, Kiln formed glass with sandblasted symbols, married metal dome ring sterling silver, brass and copper

Metal + Glass courses are offered evenings Monday & Wednesday.

Metal + Glass 8 week course. April 4th start. 6:30-9:30pm Wednesday evenings. Please see description below. 

8 wk

 

 

 


METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Monday, April 9th  $285pp 

evening #1: First evening: working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures.

evening #2: Making a ring band 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!

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’s included:
Approx 4×5” piece of copper sheet, 2’ copper wire, sterling silver for 1 ring band, fine silver bezel wire to set 1 cabochon cut stone. Glass is included for casting/flame-working (whatever method is covered), silver solder to complete class projects, wax, bronze/brass for lost wax casting (20grams) & powdered vitreous enamel, 1 doz saw blades, 1 1mm drill bit, 1 half face particulate respirator, nitrile gloves, refractory materials for casting moulds.  Students are encouraged to supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

Additional materials not included: cabochon cut stone(s), sterling silver grain for lost wax castings, sterling silver sheet/plate for setting stones on/constructing other pieces.  Sterling silver casting grain may be purchased at $2.50gram.

The lab fees offer tools and materials for students to continue projects at home and start setting-up their own studio. Lab fee 2 (kit) Option 2 Please see below class descriptions for what is included in this option.
Lab fee 1 $125.00 (optional) what it includes:
adjustable jeweller’s bench pin, jeweller’s saw frame, 1 gross (144) jeweller’s saw blade assortment, 15 grams of sterling silver casting grain, 1 3×3” sterling silver plate
Lab fee 1

 

 

**Please read our FAQs & policies 

SciArt Summer camp!

Nanopod studio’s super special SciArt Summer
camps are back this August 2018!

Nanopod: Hybrid Studio camps are about enjoying and nurturing young artists and crafters, making all kinds of science inspired art and building skills together. Kids will be in the studio and Bickford Park this summer creating and exploring new art/craft techniques and mediums through individual and group multi-media projects. Every Artist will take home amazing artwork, a Foldscope, learn how-to prepare and spread an insect, design a glass tile, work with copper, design images to go on T-shirts, create a personal journal for recording, planning and drawing throughout the week and more! 

Ages 8 – 12, Monday – Friday 10 AM – 3PM $425.00 + HST per child / 5 days, all inclusive.  You are also welcome to sign-up for individual days. Please email the studio for this option. $100/day

August 13th to 17th or 20th – 24th  

Monday: Microcosmic world!  Fold your own microscope and discover the wonders of the microscopic world! For this workshop we will be working with Foldscopes, portable origami-based microscopes made simply of paper and a lens. With its 140X magnification power, a Foldscope can be used to observe anything biological or non-biological that you can stick on a slide.

  • assemble a Foldscope
  • prepare microscope slides
  • use Foldscope in “camera lucida” configuration, project the image you are viewing onto paper, and draw and paint what you see!  Students will construct their own sketchbook/journal where they can record their findings.

Tuesday: Story tiles: Draw a picture/transfer it onto glass. Students will start this day by drawing pictures, a self-portrait, or whatever they imagine! Images are then replicated in glass. Working with pre-cut pieces of glass sheet, thin rods, and frit everyone makes a 6″x6″ tile. Tiles are fired over night.

Wednesday: Entomology 101. Working with moths or butterflies students learn how to make a simple spreading board, a hydration chamber, and how-to spread their specimen. Once dry students can then place their specimen in the supplied display case/frame. Look at insects with your Foldscope!

Thursday: Learn how to work with copper adding textures, stamping designs- make an insect pendant out of copper! Students learn how to work with jewellery hammers, files, stamping tools, and the jeweller’s saw. Cleaning and polishing their pieces is also covered. Everyone leaves with an awesome pendant!

Friday: Images on T-shirts, Sun images, and more! Today is full of art creation! T-shirts are provided, or bring your own! Students work with non-toxic dyes that react with the sun. Paint directly onto the fabric, or make a stencil. Create sun prints. Make a copper and macrame bracelet. Lunch is provided this afternoon.

Guest artist – teachers will be visiting Nanopod studio and sharing their special talents and knowledge. Kids will explore different materials and methods throughout the week. Working with paper, clay, metal, glass, BioArt, SciArt and upcycling materials!

We’ll have a great time and learn a lot!

On Friday we celebrate our week’s end with a healthy (gf, vegan) pizza lunch*

Every day will include fun creative time, outdoor time, games and a walk.

*Allergies are taken into consideration and discussed with parents in advance.

Open Studio demos starting March 29th- please note date change!

Want to check out what Flame-Working is all about? Thursday evening, March 29th 7pm demonstrations will be held in mandrel-wound glass bead making. Afterwards visitors are invited to try making a bead (or 2, depending on popularity). Beads made this evening can be picked up the following Open Studio.

flame working
Flame-working

Evening demonstrations introduce 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.

Make your own mark! Steel stamps, Chasing & Repoussé tools & how to use them! 

fabricating metal
Hand fabricating

Steel stamps, Chasing & Repoussé tools & how to use them! Thursday evenings, March 8th & 15th 6:30pm – 9:30pm and/or April 5th & 19th**
$175 per person, ALL materials included.

Make your own mark! Learn how to create stamping tools for decorative use, and chasing/repoussé tools traditionally used in making dimensional forms/decorations in copper, silver, gold for use in armour, architectural designs, and jewellery.
Students will spend the first evening designing and making their stamps and chasing/repoussé tools. The 2nd evening learning how to use these tools working with copper, a cast iron pitch pot and German pitch. Demonstrations in how to transfer pitch to their pots, transfer designs/images to metal, and through hammering/chasing these images will appear as low relief in the metal. Students will also have time to make a simple copper pendant using their decorative stamps made the 1st evening! Copper will be used in this workshop. Note: students receive pitch bowl/pitch, copper for projects and a minimum of 12 stamping tools. Students leave the workshop with their copper practice pieces, stamps made from the first evening and the basic knowledge to continue forward. Hammers sold separately, but are available for use during class.

Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is ornamented or shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. It is a form of toreutics.

There are few techniques that offer such diversity of expression while still being relatively economical. Chasing is the opposite of repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. It is also known as embossing.

While repoussé is used to work on the reverse of the metal to form a raised design on the front, chasing is used to refine the design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. The term chasing is derived from the noun “chase”, which refers to a groove, furrow, channel, or indentation. The adjectival form is “chased work”.

The techniques of repoussé and chasing use the plasticity of metal, forming shapes by degrees. There is no loss of metal in the process as it is stretched locally and the surface remains continuous. The process is relatively slow but a maximum of form is achieved, with one continuous surface of sheet metal of essentially the same thickness. Direct contact of the tools used is usually visible in the result, a condition not always apparent in other techniques, where all evidence of the working method is eliminated. An incredible example from antiquity is the late Eighteenth Dynasty mummy mask of Tutankhamun. The lapis lazuli and other stones were inlaid in chased areas after the height of the form was completed. The majority of the mask was formed using the technique of repoussé from what appears to be a single sheet of gold (the ceremonial beard, Nekhbet vulture, and Uraeus were attached separately).

 

**Please read our FAQs & policies 

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- 

 

 

Open Studio time and Bench Rental and/or Studio share

Looking for an affordable studio space in Toronto where you can work on your metal and glass related projects? This might be the space for you! Come by Thursday evenings after 7pm to see if the studio is what you’re looking for and/or email your questions to: nanotopia@me.com

Open studio nights are a perfect time to visit the studio and meet other members. If you have a small project you would like to work on or ask for help with you are welcome to bring it in.

Thursdays 7pm – 9pm  If it is your first time we recommend coming later in the evening, from 8pm – 9pm.



Nano-members have access to tools and equipment (kiln rental is extra). Members have access to the studio facilities Thursday evenings 7-10pm and Sunday afternoons 12pm-5pm** membership costs $75/month (**IMPORTANT: reopening January 18th, 2018 -check updates for Winter hours or email the studio in advance.)

Purchase membership online or via eTransfer: ($77.47 will be charged to cover Paypal fees) 

 


Starting March 1st 2018 the studio will offer 24/7 shared space/time aka Studio share-holder ‘membership’.  Sound interesting? Email us for further info/set-up an appointment. 

Nanopod studio share-holders are the people collectively responsible for running and maintaining the space. Studio share-holders have 24/7 access to the space via key fob, and help determine how the space is operated: the people who schedule OS time and run the space as well as use it. Studio share-holders get priority use of the space, as well as free or significantly reduced price classes and workshops. Studio share-holders (OCAD/GB students: think Ultra Bench Rental) pay $350/month (tax included).
Please note that prior to 24/7 access via key fob it is suggested that artists/makers purchase monthly studio time. This way we all see if the studio space is a good fit plus, we get to know each other!  Some responsibilities of Studio share-holders includes: 
Be available for Open Studio time 1 Thursday evening and 1 Sunday afternoon per month (schedules are discussed monthly).
Studio share-holders commit to 4/6mo with post-dated cheques or recurring eTransfer payments (1st/last up front).
Make sure all shared tools/equipment are kept organized and in working order.
**Studio share-holders do not need to offer workshops/courses.


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 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.

January Ring Band workshop!

Sterling silver Ring band workshop $88pp   Saturday afternoon, January 27th noon-3pm  

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.

Saturday afternoon Jan 27th, 2018 12pm-3pm

 

Happy 2018 20% discount! Metal + Glass and Kiln casting workshops Toronto

Ring in the New Year with new skills! We are offering a 20% discount* on our Metal + Glass course (your choice of January, February or March start-date). Interested in working with glass? We are also offering a 20% discount on our Glass Kilnforming course (Your choice of start-date; Jan, Feb, or March). Discount no longer active

Pay in full or reserve your seat with a deposit. Deposits will be half of the regular total, discount will be applied when remaining amount is paid (at the studio, or via eTransfer).  Sorry, but this discount does not apply to deposits made prior to 2018.

Glass Kiln forming workshop  January 13 & 14th, 21st & 22nd $300pp+(optional) lab fee More date options available below. Reserve your seat with a deposit of $150 
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 18cm in any direction.
Day 1: Replication. Students will make silicone or 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 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 are also made on this day.
Day 2: Wax pouring and hand-built moulds. Students pour multiple waxes from their silicone 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 consumablesbtn_buynow_LG
Other dates (leave note or email your choice): February 17th-25th, March 24th-April 1st, April 7th-15th.

*Lab fee (optional): $100 covers Gaffer crystal colours*, Bullseye colours: sheet, billet or coarse frit, metals, & mould kits. Students are emailed concerning glass colour choice, otherwise everyone works with clear glass and coloured frit.


METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Monday, January 8th $285pp (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat) More dates listed below.

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/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!

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 (asterisk shows what’s included with option lab fee): 

Approx 3″ x 3″ piece of 16 to 18 gauge copper & *18 ga Sterling silver sheet & wire/15-20 gr casting grain in bronze, 10 in Sterling silver (choose 1).

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 clear casting chunk 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.


Monday January 8th  6:30-9:30pm (deposit of $142.50 to reserve seat)


Optional Lab Fee (includes items above with *): $125

 


2018 Metal + Glass course dates (Monday + Wednesday evenings):

February 5th-28th- 

 


March 5th-28th- 

 


April 2nd-25th- 

 

 

Holiday stuff!

Happy Holidays! Here are some crazy hours to find us in the studio this week & next.

Wednesday evening, Dec 13 – while we have a workshop taking place, we will be open 4pm-9pm. Thursday, Dec 14/Dec 21st: we are around for Open Studio (6:30pm-9:30pm) and Tuesday afternoon, Dec 19th 12-6pm

then…. give us a shout via email if you would like to pop-by and grab a Tardigrade pendant, or Gift certificate

We now accept Debit at the studio! And, as usual Visa/Mastercard, Cash or eTransfers.

Thank you for your support and shopping local!