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Expand your mind and improve your skills through hands-on learning across a comprehensive range of subjects led by experienced and informed instructors. NewMakeIt’s ongoing series of educational workshops and classes are designed to help you enhance your skills, and grow personally and professionally.

Click on any of the workshops listed below to see more details.  You can reserve your spot by clicking on the Course Title.


Introduction to Pottery Workshops
Wheel Throwing: Holiday Edition
Dates:
November 23, 2019 - From 11 am to 2 pm (FULL)
December 1, 2019 - From 2 pm to 5 pm (FULL)
December 2, 2019 - From 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Click here for Tickets)

An Introductory course to pottery. Learn the basics of wheel throwing and make a one of a kind personal project or gift. This Holiday Edition Class will focus on making a small to medium sized candle holder.
You will create a bowl, mug, or pot which will be used as your container for your candle. You will learn simple techniques to create interesting shapes and decorative rims for your finished piece.

Once you’ve completed the Wheel Throwing Course, you can come to our Glazing Class to customize your candle holder with specialty tools and glazes for a personalized finish.

You can then return for our Candle Making Class and use fragrance oils and soy wax to fill your creation and make a beautiful ceramic candle. Once your candle has burned down, you can reuse your creation as a bowl, mug or planter, or fill it back up and make a new candle!

All clay used in this class is nontoxic and safe to use with food or drink and all your creations will be ready for pick up approximately a week after with a clear glaze. You can also choose to keep your creation as it is, and not turn it into a candle holder.

Hand Building: Christmas Table Decorations: Holiday Edition

Date: Sunday December 7, 2019  
Time: 2:30 to 5:30 pm

In this beginner's hand building workshop, we will use basic hand building techniques to create decorative pieces for your holiday home.

Create pierced candle holders for tealights or small candles, festive and fun bowls or plates. All tools and materials provided. Bring your ideas to class.

You can pick up our creations approximately a week after with a clear glaze on them or alternatively you can attend our Glazing Workshop on December 14th to add the finishing touches to your Table Decorations: a shiny glazed surface! 

All clay used in this class is nontoxic and safe to use with food or drink.

Hand Building: Christmas Tree Ornaments: Holiday Edition

Date: Sunday December 7, 2019 
Time: 2:30 to 5:30 pm 

All are invited to this beginner's hand building workshop in clay. Basic hand building techniques will be covered as you create hanging ornaments for your tree or your home. Bring your own ideas or use some of the many forms provided to create your pieces. All tools and materials provided.

You can pick up our creations approximately a week after with a clear glaze on them or alternatively you can attend our Glazing Workshop on December 14th to add the finishing touches to your Christmas Tree Ornaments: colourful, shiny surfaces and hangers! 

All clay used in this class is nontoxic and safe to use with food or drink.

Glazing Course: Holiday Edition

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2019 
Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Students from the Hand Sculpting Course and the Wheel Turning Class will come together to apply specialty glazes to their creations.

You will have a nice range of colour options to choose from, as well as clear glazes for a more natural finish.

You can choose to get creative and paint on your piece with patterns or simple imagery, layer your glazes for interesting effects, or use one colour for a simple, elegant look.

This is a great opportunity to see some of the student creations from the Wheel Turning Class and Hand Sculpting Class to see if you would be interested in trying out both courses.

Candle Making: Holiday Edition

First Date: Sunday, December 18, 2019 
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Once you’ve created your pieces in the Intro to Pottery Classes and have finished your creation with glazes in our Glazing Class, you can return for this special course to fill your finished piece with Soy Wax and Fragrance to create a beautiful, one of a kind ceramic candle.
You will learn the correct ratios to mix Fragrance Oils with Candle Wax, as well as the correct temperatures to get your wax up to in order for it to cure properly.
You will utilize all necessary materials in a double boiler to create the perfect scented wax.
You can also choose to leave your wax unscented if you have sensitivities to fragrance.

Please note, there will be students who choose to use the fragrances which may result in a “smelly” work environment over the course of the class. NewMakeIt is very well ventilated and we will do our utmost to ensure a comfortable work environment for everyone.

Glass Fusion Series
Make Your Own Glass Fused Christmas Ornament!: Holiday Edition
First Date: November 25, 2019 (FULL)
Time: 6 pm to 9:30 pm
Second Date: November 28, 2019 (Click here for tickets)
Time: 6 pm to 9:30 pm

What could possibly mark the holidays more beautifully than your own customized hand made glass ornaments? Have you ever wanted to decorate your Christmas tree with truly one-of-a-kind ornaments? Or give a unique hostess gift that is sure to grace the recipient's home for decades to come?

Join us for an evening of creating your own stunning holiday Ornaments. Choose between the whimsical and elegant - or both!

Learn how to shape and design your glass creations. Make approximately 8 - 15 ornaments each. No skill required.

Material fee of $75 includes all glass and kiln firings. Projects will be ready for pickup within 10 days of class.

Fused Art Jewellery
Date: November 30, 2019
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Barcode: 122494
Create beautiful and unique glass art pendants!  We’ll begin with an introduction to the glass fusing process, including cutting skills and theory, after which we will move on to the design process, experimenting with colour and shape.  You will play with various glasses and techniques, from powders, metal inclusions, and decals to the planned layering of dichroic glass – and will have several art glass pendants of your own at the end!
This course is suitable for beginners so don’t worry if you have never tried anything like this before!
Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up within 1-2 weeks.
Fused Art Platter
First Date: November 9, 2019
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Barcode: 122486
 
Second Date: November 30, 2019
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122489
 
Create a beautiful and unique piece of “functional glass art”!  We’ll begin with an introduction to the glass fusing process, including cutting skills and theory, after which we will move on to the design process, experimenting with colour  and shape.  By using various glass types (sheet, powder, stringers, dichroic “metallics” & reactives) and the application of metal inclusions, you will make your own 9 x 9 serving plate or 6 x 12 food-safe platter. 
This course is suitable for beginners so don’t worry if you have never tried anything like this before!
Pieces will be fired after the workshop and available for pick-up within 2-3 weeks.

Blacksmithing Workshops

Date: December 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

A unique way to present your favourite Chianti or Chardonnay to your connoisseur friends! Using basic blacksmithing tools and techniques, you will forge a table-ready single wine bottle holder in this workshop. Additionally, if time permits, you may also forge a cork finial/stopper, to perfectly complement your finished bottle holder!

In this hands-on workshop, you will first use a propane forge to heat mild steel to a malleable state. Then, using a hammer, anvil, tongs, and files, you will learn how to draw, fuller and bend steel flat bar to create a one-of-a-kind wine bottle holder! Finally, you will apply a traditional hot finish of linseed oil and paraffin wax. Your finished wine bottle holder will make for a great conversation starter during those upcoming holiday gatherings!  

Date: December 7, 2019 
Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Mason jars can be used for more than just preserving! In this fun workshop, you will use basic blacksmithing tools and techniques to create a candle holder that will turn a common mason jar into a luminescent centrepiece that you will be proud to display in your home or present as a gift. Perfect for adding a twinkle to those cozy, wintry nights at home!

In this hands-on workshop, you will use a propane forge to heat mild steel to a malleable state. You will then learn to use a hammer, anvil, tongs, and files to draw, fuller and bend a hanger and a candle pad. Then, you will use traditional rivet joinery to assemble the holder. Finally, to finish your piece, you will apply a traditional hot finish of linseed oil and paraffin wax. Your piece will then be ready to be placed into a mason jar and set up with a tea light!

Date: December 12, 2019 
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Trivets have widely been used throughout history to protect the surface of household tables from hot pots and pans. In this hands-on workshop, you will forge a functional and decorative trivet using basic blacksmithing tools and techniques. Great for your home, or as an inspired, hand-made gift!

In this workshop, you will use a propane forge to heat mild steel to a malleable state. Using a hammer, anvil, and tongs, you will draw, fuller and bend steel round bar to create three components of a trivet. Then, you’ll forge and assemble your trivet with traditional collaring, and apply a traditional hot finish of linseed oil to protect the trivet from rusting. You will leave the workshop with a finished showpiece to put on your table for those holiday dinners!

Date: December 14, 2019 
Time: 11 am to 5 pm 

The origins of the Railroad Spike Knife are not well documented, but it’s easy to imagine them being fashioned by the countless number of American Nomads who walked and rode the rails during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Today, the Railroad Spike Knife is a popular forging project amongst both beginner and seasoned blacksmiths/bladesmiths, resulting in the rich variety of shapes, sizes and ornamentation found in these knives today!

Forging a useful spike knife begins with selecting the right type of spike. Not all spikes are created equal and the best spike knives are made from rail spikes used to secure tracks at bends and crossings. These spikes are identified by the letters ‘HC’ embossed into the head of the spike, denoting their higher carbon content which allows for the finished blade to be hardened for better edge retention and tempered to reduce brittleness associated with hardening.

In this exciting, hands-on workshop, you will forge a Railroad Spike Knife using basic blacksmith tools and techniques to draw, upset and twist the spike into the desired shape of your knife! Considerable time will be spent hand-filing the bevels and plunge lines of your creation using hand files and a filing jig. You will use the heat of the forge to harden and temper the blade of your knife, after which you will complete your project by stropping and honing its edge. You will leave the workshop with a finished knife, completely hand-forged by you!

Flower Arranging Series

Date: December 21, 2019
Time 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122733
 
Create a peaceful garden in your home by learning the technique to build a succulent terrarium. You will be provided with the succulent plants, soil, bowl and materials needed to create this design as well as some organic accents for your green living space. Don't be afraid to lift up those sleeves and get your hands dirty with this rewarding class along with the aftercare procedures.
 
 

Jewellery Making Workshops

Spinner Ring Workshop
Date: November 14, 2019
Time: 5:30 to 9:30 pm

In this additional workshop of the Rings Series, you will create a Spinner Ring (also known as a Fidget Ring) that is super fun to wear! Create a ring in which multiple mini bands spin freely around the main band. Use your creativity and choose from plain or patterned wire, wires of different metals, and added embellishments to create a custom, personalized look to your Spinner Ring!

Techniques/Topics Covered: Torch Soldering, Annealing/Work Hardening, Ring Blank Sizing & Forming

Basics of Soldering Workshop
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 5:45 to 9:45 pm
Want to incorporate soldering into your jewellery-making, but don’t know where to start? Then this workshop is for you! In this process-focused 4-hour workshop, you will learn the basics of torch soldering and get lots of hands-on experience. You’ll practice soldering different types of joints with silver solder and a butane torch, and gain a deeper understanding of the process. This workshop is perfect for those who have never soldered before, as well as for anyone who has soldered a few times in the past, but would like a refresher to get more practice and become more comfortable with soldering.
Material cost included in the price.
Date: to be announced 
Time: 
From hobbyist to hobbyist, learn tips and tricks to refinishing wood furniture.
You inherited your spouse's grandmother’s end tables and can’t bear the dreary colour
IKEA is definitely not your aesthetic
You have mix-and-doesn’t-match decor that could use a refresh
Topics include searching for pieces, cleaning and stripping, sanding techniques, repairs and filling, staining, painting and finishing, staging, marketing and selling. Demos and hands-on-practice before you get started on your own pieces.
You can bring a piece to NewMakeIt to refinish that falls within these measurements: 30 to 40" high x 30" wide x 20" deep and store it onsite through the duration of the workshop. Projects can be stored for the duration of the class series. After classes conclude, a storage fee of $30 per month for a dedicated space is available.
Workshop costs $175. This includes all four sessions, storage for your piece for the duration of the workshop and includes 1-month NewMakeIt hobbyist membership that you can initiate anytime after the first class up until the last class. Materials for the demos are included but not for your personal project. Upon registration, instructor will send an intake form that will help identified required tools and materials.

Certification Workshops
Date: November 22, 29, 2019 
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm

This course is designed to give participants an introduction into the core concepts and considerations in preparing a 2D program to be machined on a CNC router on the first week and the second week will focus on the CNC router itself and how to safely use it. Duration of the class is 2 weeks.

 


to be announced

Fusion 360 is a CAD/CAM software that takes your ideas and transforms them into reality.  Fusion 360 enable students to create 3D-models and program machining processes.

In this course, students will gain an understanding of basic Fusion 360 CAD functions, including: basic navigation within Fusion 360, creating bodies from sketches, making simple modification to solids, and learning to use construct planes and timelines.

By the end of the course, students will create a CAD model with pocket, hole and a chamfered edge. This CAD model will be used in the CNC Mill Certification (CAM) course.


Fusion 360 is a CAD (computer aided design)/CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software that takes your ideas and transforms them into a reality.  Fusion 360 enable students to create 3D models and program machining processes.

Tormach P1100 is a small vertical CNC (computer numerical control) machine designed to machine aluminum.  The Tormach materializes your CAD design via subtractive manufacturing.

In this course, student will gain an understanding of basic Fusion 360 CAM functions, including: creating setups, setting origins, creating 2D toolpaths, basic 3D toolpaths, and exporting/ transfering the toolpath from Fusion 360 to Tormach.  Students will also gain basic knowledge about types of cutting tools and materials.

By the end of the course, each student will make an aluminum model of a CAD design using Fusion 360 CAM and Tormach PCNC.

Prerequisite: CNC Mill Certification (CAD Course) or proficiency in CAD Software.


Metal Lathe Certification Workshop 

Date: To be announced
Time: 

This workshop will teach participants the basics of lathe work, mounting of the work-piece, the types of cutting tools, basic lathe operations & lathe safety. This will allow participants to familiarize themselves with the concept of lathe work. 

 


You will also receive a set of tools at this workshop. 
1 x 6 inch Digital Caliper 
1 x Center Drill 
3 x Lathe Cutting Tool 
Set of Shims

 


SKILL BUILDING WORKSHOPS

Introduction to Metal Welding 101
Date: Saturdays, November 9, 16, and 23
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Barcode: 122451

This course will teach participants the elements of metal welding.  Participants will learn about different types of welding and why they are used.  Participants will complete practical projects using MIG welding methodologies.

 


Sundays, December 1, 8, and 15
Time: 1 to 4 pm
 
Barcode: 122459
 
TIG welding processes commonly used for precision fabrication work and welding aluminium. Learn the basics of TIG welding through small exercises progressing to a larger project. Students gain a foundation in preparation, joints, technique, and safety.  All participants will receive complimentary Makerspace Membership to NewMakeIt. Participants will require welding mask and gloves.  Budget approx. $100.00 for materials.  Please call NewMakeIt for more information.


This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to digital fabrication.  Participants will take a hands-on approach to learn the skills required to take a concept from idea to a tangible physical item.  Covered in this course is Computer Aided Design concepts, designing and creating products using advanced tools such as 3D printers, Laser Cutters/Engravers, CNC Routers and more.

 


Introduction to Woodworking (101)

Date: November 3, 19, 17 and 24 
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Barcode: 122463

This is an introductory class for participants that wish to learn the art and skill of woodworking.  During this program, participants will learn the basics of creating with wood.  From different types of wood and materials to working with shop tools and equipment to create several different projects.  Participants will learn the proper operation of various tools such as Table and band saws, planer, router, jointer and sanders.  They will also be introduced to finishing techniques like painting and staining.


Woodworking 201

Date: Sundays, December 1, 8, 15, and 22 
Time: 11 to 2 om
 
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