Special October Thermoplastic workshop!

Create with Thermoplastic Saturday, October 21st, 12pm start $155pp

Create freeform, organic, one of a kind shapes! Create unusual forms and shapes for head-pieces, masks, jewellery and more! No experience necessary, all materials included!  This workshop is being held at the Toronto Etsy Street Team Gallery 906 Queen Street West

 

Oct-November Lost wax casting metal or glass. Kiln-forming glass. Ring band & Flame-working classes & more!

Glass Kiln forming workshop  Nov 3, 4 & 5, 11th $300pp+(optional) lab fee  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. 1st Friday evening overview demonstrates the Vitrigraph kiln/flameworking cane/murrine.  Students will learn kiln forming towards making window pieces, bowls/plates, sculptural, wearable items and more! Students work with Bullseye glass, frit/powder, rod and stringer OR have the option (casting only) with gorgeous Gaffer crystal.    No experience with glass is required for this course.
Friday evening 6:30-9:30pm: Introduction/demonstration of vitrigraph kiln and flame working cane/murrini for use in kiln forming glass.
Saturday afternoon (noon to 6pm): Students have the opportunity of hand pulling cane/murrini at the torch. Students build models from clay, wax patterns, moulds using alginate and more, set-up the kiln for kiln forming/casting/pate de verre.
Sunday afternoon  (noon-5pm): Students learn how to work with refractory materials to hand-build moulds, mother moulds, weigh for glass. Models are steamed out of moulds and set-up in the kiln(s).
Saturday afternoon (noon to 5pm): Students return to de-invest their models, cold work their glass by hand.
Lab fee (optional): $100 covers Gaffer crystal colours*, metals, & expendables
Students are emailed concerning glass colour choice, otherwise everyone works with clear glass.

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Flame-working

Flame ON!Next workshop starts Tuesday evenings Nov  14th 6:30-9:30pm  $130pp includes materials-

 Class runs 3 evenings.
This workshop introduces students to the basics of mandrel-wound (soft) 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 plenty of time for students to make a small, but satisfying batch of colourful beads, which are annealed overnight after each workshop, and cleaned before the start of the next class.  Class fee includes all materials
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 Learn how to form, fabricate, solder, set-stones and more in our 4 wk Metal + Glass course. Metal + Glass courses are offered afternoons and evenings Monday & Wednesday. Ring band & Wedding band workshops, Lost wax casting silver, alloys, etc. Please see below for our current schedule.

METAL + GLASS 4wk:  Monday & Wednesday evenings – Learn basic Goldsmithing.  6:30-9:30pm Next course starts-up Monday, Oct 2nd or Monday, November 6th $275pp (deposit of $137.50 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/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: 

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.


Monday October 2nd or Nov 6th  6:30-9:30pm (deposit of $137.50 to reserve seat) Please leave a Paypal note concerning the start date you prefer, or email the studio.

 

 


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

 

 



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 Tuesday evenings starting October 10th 6:30-9:30pm $350pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $175 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 and/or bronze. 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 discusses how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, or 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

spiral saw blades

Nitrile gloves

Particulate masks

2 ounces of Sterling silver

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

Casting organic materials will be discussed. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while others require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.

 

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

Ring band workshops

Sterling silver Ring band workshops taking place Thursday evening, October 19th $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.

Thursday evening Oct 19 6:30-9:30pm 

 


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Skeleton Articulation workshops with Wilder Duncan

Bat Skeleton Articulation workshops with Wilder Duncan

Workshops are taking place at the T.E.S.T gallery space 906 Queen st West • Toronto 

Reserve your seats with a deposit of $135 (class fee $270)  

In this class, students will learn how to create an osteological preparation of a bat in the fashion of 19th century zoological displays. A cleaned bat skeleton (Pipistrellus abramus), a glass dome, branches, glue, tools, and all necessary materials will be provided for each student, but one should feel welcome to bring small feathers, stones, dried flowers, dead insects, natural elements, or any other materials s/he might wish to include in his/her composition. Students will leave the class with a visually striking, fully articulated, “lifelike” bat skeleton posed in a 10″ tall glass dome. The class will focus on teaching ancient methods of specimen preparation that link science with art: students will create compositions involving natural elements and, according to their taste, will compose a traditional Victorian environment or a modern display.

Thursday evening, Oct 12th start time 6:30pm

 


Saturday Afternoon, Oct 14th start time 12pm 

 


Sunday Afternoon, Oct 15th start time 12pm (almost full)



 

Lost Wax Casting in Metal- Toronto workshops

Lost wax casting course- sculpt wax, make moulds, cast your objects in Sterling silver* 4 weeks Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting August 22nd  6:30-9:30pm $550pp No experience necessary! 6 student max. Deposit of $275 to reserve seat **payment plans are available (contact the studio for details)

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In this course students carve/sculpt jeweller’s wax making a ring or a pendant that will be cast in Sterling silver. 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 we will discuss how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, or wood. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while others require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.

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

*students wishing to cast in gold will be given supplier information. Copper may be added to sterling silver and/or fine silver to create Shibuichi. Casting organic materials will be discussed. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while other organic materials require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.

Student casting: Sapphire beads were cast in place.

 

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

Lost wax casting course- sculpt wax, make moulds, cast your objects in Sterling silver* 4 weeks Tuesday & Thursday evenings starting August 22nd  6:30-9:30pm $550pp 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 discusses how to cast organic materials; bone, shell, or 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

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

Casting organic materials will be discussed. Some items may be ‘burnt out’ within a casting flask, while others require moulds to be made. Casting various stones in place is discussed and some stones will be available for students to experiment with.

 

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

Valentine Workshop Winning!

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The studio is offering 2 seats in any of our upcoming workshops: Winners will be selected & announced Feb 14th with a Gift Certificate towards 1 of our April workshops with Divya Anantharaman or our May Skeleton Articulation workshop with Wilder Duncan or any Metal + Glass workshop!

WHAAT how do I enter?! Well, there are 2 seats available and 2 ways to win! It involves a little work on your part. Pick 2 out of the 4 methods below to have your name/handle entered in the contest:

  1. Follow us (if you don’t already) on instagram @nanopodstudio & comment on one of our Taxidermy posts.
  2. Like the nanopod: Hybrid Studio Facebook page and tag 2 of your friends in our recent FB post.
  3. Share this contest with friends!
  4. Comment on Facebook or Instagram with either: April Tax or April Ent or April Metal or May Bones. And your name will be entered into that particular giveaway!

We will check on the postings & follows then enter names into a random name selector and get back to the winners via Instagram Feb 14 noon EST Just in time for you to print out the gift certificate and give it to yourself or your honey!
Gift Certificates can be given to friends or family if you’ve already participated in one of the workshops offered.

Remember to tag @nanopodstudio in your shares!

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Fantastical Beasts & Where to Make Them!

Mythological Fantastical Beast!
Mythological Fantastical Beast!

Mythological Dino Bird Taxidermy Workshop • August 28th 12pm-6/7pm $380pp $170 deposit to reserve seat.

Create your own Fantastic Beast! Class size limited to 6 – Beginner to Intermediate Deposit of $170 required to hold your seat    3 seats remain 19/08/16

In this intensive workshop, we will cover all the basics of taxidermy, focusing specifically on small bird taxidermy with Bantam Chickens. The basics of skull cleaning and wet specimen will also be discussed. Taxidermy is a process of deconstruction and reconstruction, and this class will be divided as such, giving students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the process at their own pace.
 The first half of the afternoon will focus on deconstruction. After a review of basic bird anatomy, with a focus on skeletal structure, muscle groupings, and identifying feather growth patterns, students will use this knowledge to approach their specimen. After getting comfortable with the tools to be used, we will cover the skinning techniques unique to birds, learn how to work with delicate skin, how to repair holes if any are made, and how to clean wing and leg bones in preparation for assembly. Students will also learn the importance of thoroughly fleshing and degreasing/washing, with tips on how to ensure a skin is totally clean in order for preservatives to work effectively. Tracings, measurements, and patterns will be made from the carcass. Students can choose to take their carcass home for dissection or creating a wet specimen (instructions will be provided).
The second half of the workshop is all about constructing your Gaffs; Mythological bird or Dino-bird. Students will custom build a body form, based on the anatomical tracings they made as well as working with pre-tanned small mammal/bird hides (rabbit, squirrel, pigeon, etc)., using the traditional technique of wrapped body. We will cover how to create a stable armature for the finished gaffs when wiring the wings and legs. Students will also learn how to sew for taxidermy, with a focus on smooth and hidden stitches. We will also cover grooming, carding, and drying techniques based on the finished pose desired.
Antlers, glass eyes, and horns will be available for students to customize. Small sterling silver, and bronze crowns, claws, cast crystal antlers/horns will be available for purchase. Students are encouraged to bring in their own items; armour, clothing, saddles, etc., for their mythological or Dino-bird.
Reference photos for finished standing, sitting, and flying poses will be provided for use and inspiration in class via tablet or smartphone, although students are encouraged to bring their own. Instructions for care and maintenance will be given, and students will be instructed on how to do final finishing work after the mount dries, such as sculpting eye rings and airbrushing.

The instructor will be providing demonstrations of each step, and allowing students plenty of individual attention and opportunities to ask questions. A supply and resource list will be emailed to students. We will also cover the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and other applicable laws for working with birds and legally obtaining specimens. It is advised that students bring a bag or small box to transport their finished pieces..

The birds used in this class are humanely sourced, they are naturally deceased or a byproduct of the food industry.

New Workshops & Courses listed for March and April

 

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Saturday, March 12th noon to 6pm Jackalope shoulder mounts
EXPERIENCE LEVEL-Beginner to Intermediate 
Limited class size of 8 people, $340pp (4 seats remain) Deposit of $170 required to hold your seat in this workshop
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This class will introduce students basic small mammal taxidermy, focusing on the skinning, prepping, and sculpting techniques specific to the face. We will cover splitting lips, thinning noses, turning ears, and other techniques to successfully set a face. Each student is provided with their own specimen which they will skin, flesh, prep, mount, and groom. We will go through the process of carving busts for each mount, how to attach antlers, and will discuss taxidermy techniques that can be used for projects larger and smaller. Carcasses will be used for reference and available to students if they want them. Further preservation processes will be discussed as well; tanning, mummification, wet specimens, bone cleaning, etc. Everything is supplied and students do not need any prior experience for this class. Each student will leave with their own finished piece and the knowledge to create their own in the future.

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METAL + GLASS 4wk: Next course starts up Monday, March 14th- runs Monday & Wednesday evenings
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. Deposit of $137.50 to hold space

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

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

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Hollow-forms, lockets, basic prong settings, photo etching and fusing metals

9 weeks, Starting April 5th $380pp includes all materials necessary for projects. Build a hollow-form pendant/ring and construct a locket with hinge and locking mechanism. Learn basic, hand built prong settings, tab settings, and setting free-form cabs.  Etching copper/brass and Sterling silver. Working with photos, computer renderings and hand drawn images students will learn various method of applying imagery and working with mordants to etch into metal.

Materials included:

•Sterling plate 3″x 3″ 16 gauge(1.3mm)

•Copper wire (for woven chain practice and armatures)

•Sterling wire & tubing

•Choice of 5-8mm faceted stone for prong setting

•Copper & Brass tubing for hinges

• Consumables: solder, drill bits, emery paper

• Consumables necessary for etching various metals

Students are welcome to bring in their own found items, cabochons, etc., to use in their projects.

Deposit necessary to hold space $190

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Intermediate & Advanced soldering

Tips, tricks and technique! Weekend intensive workshop
Friday evening April 1st intro 6:30-8pm, noon to 5pm Saturday and Sunday April 2 & 3rd, 9th & 10th – pricing options below. 
-Working with silver solder coupons students will learn sweat soldering, joint soldering, pick soldering
and working with silver solder in wire form.
-Working with a little propane/oxy torch and a larger Hoke torch
– Constructing a hollow-form ring with stakes, hammers and bezel setting a large cab
To cover all of the various soldering techniques/grades students will construct a hollow-form
ring. Large oval or round cabochon stones will be set. Multiple stone settings are optional.
Each day runs 5 hours in length.
Students have the option of coming in to work on their project (lots of sawing!) during Open Studio on Tuesday and Thursday evening between the course.

Evening intro: Course goals/objectives are discussed, students look at soldering demos, inspiration. Start to layout patterns and designs for sawing.
1st Afternoon: Students layout their designs and start sawing them out. Once designs have been sawn out, sanded/filed, cleaned up- sweat soldering designs onto ring blanks begins.
2nd Afternoon: Continuing sweat soldering, forming of ring blanks begins, inner ring is formed. Joint soldering begins (wire solder introduced), students continue truing their rings, forming, and clean-up.
3rd Afternoon: Bezel ‘cups’ are constructed and soldered into place. Filing, sanding and rings are starting to be cleaned. If students are ready to set their stones- quick pendants can be made on this afternoon practising soldering techniques.
4th Afternoon: Rings are ready for patination and polishing, stones are set. Final polish! Early group dinner?

What’s included:
Flux
Titanium pick
paper
instruction
Student’s need to supply (see pricing options below) :
3”x3” 16 or 18 gauge sheet (for hollow-rings)
silver solder 1/4 oz coupons & 1/2oz wire:
hard
medium
easy
Large oval (within 40x25x6mm) or round (within 30mm), high-dome cabochon

For this workshop students have the option of bringing in their own supplies (listed above & mandatory!) or purchasing the course with a ‘kit’ that includes items listed. Please note that these materials will only be purchased when you purchase the ‘Full monty’ option.

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No monty $185pp


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Full monty $380pp