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AlashaLantinga

Metal Clay Jewelry Artist

2565 Sales

AlashaLantinga

Metal Clay Jewelry Artist

2565 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Note from shop owner ** My Etsy shop is on vacation at the moment as we're expecting a little one soon and I am just too busy right now to get your orders out in a decent amount of time. My shop will be back up and running sometime in the near future. : )

Thank you for your understanding!
~ Alasha
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Last updated on Aug 1, 2016

** My Etsy shop is on vacation at the moment as we're expecting a little one soon and I am just too busy right now to get your orders out in a decent amount of time. My shop will be back up and running sometime in the near future. : )

Thank you for your understanding!
~ Alasha
: )

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Alasha Lantinga - Metal Clay Jewlery Artist

~ The following Article was featured in May 2014 Issue of TRUMPF Express Magazine ~

Breaking the mold
Alasha Lantinga sculpts precious metal clay into jewelry with form and funk

Alasha Lantinga comes from a family that seems to have an artistic gene. “Almost everyone in my family is creative,” she says. “My mom paints as a hobby, my uncle is a photographer, and my aunt dabbles in every creative outlet you could imagine.” After years of hard work, Alasha considers herself quite lucky to have turned her creative visions into a full-time job. She works as a jewelry artist, creating most of her original pieces with the fascinating medium of precious metal clay.

Alasha grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and has been creating jewelry ever since she was a child. “I have always been artistic,” she recalls. “Even as a kid I was making jewelry with plastic beads.” In 2009, she began working for a custom jeweler where her interest in jewelry-making really began to take shape. It was at this time she was introduced to gemstone beads and precious metal findings, and from then on she was hooked.

“While working at the store, I took a course it offered in metal clay,” she remembers. That is when her distinctive technique really took off. “Metal clay is now my favorite medium to work with,” Alasha says. “I use it almost exclusively.” Precious metal clay (also called PMC or, simply, metal clay) consists of an organic binder combined with very fine particles of metal: either bronze, silver, gold, or copper. Alasha works primarily with bronze and silver.

The method of working with metal clay is a ten step process, which begins with rolling out the clay and stamping it with her chosen design. Alasha loves nature and finds herself inspired by it, so a lot of her designs involve earthy or floral motifs. “Other ideas just pop into my head,” she says. “I really love playing with different shapes and textures.”

Once a piece is formed, filed, sanded and drilled, it is fired in a kiln. Alasha’s at-home workspace includes a studio and small jewelry kiln. Bronze pieces are fired in carbon to a temperature of 1545°F, while silver is fired on an open shelf reaching temperatures up to 1655°F. The hot temperature burns off the binder and a solid metal piece results.

When the metal clay has cooled, Alasha’s vision begins to crystallize as she adds different elements and a distinctive style to each piece. The bronze pieces are manually patinaed; a process that naturally happens over time but which Alasha accelerates to give the jewelry a stunning turquoise-colored accent. She antiques some of the silver pieces by carefully blackening each crevice and polishing them, until they appear beautifully contrasted from the design.

Alasha’s unique designs were a hit at the local markets and craft fairs she would attend. Ultimately she was approached by small boutique owners who expressed interest in carrying her line. Now she primarily sells her jewelry wholesale to different independently-owned shops in several Canadian provinces, including the gift shop of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

While she loves her trade, creating jewelry in such a unique style is not without its challenges. “For instance, bronze clay can bubble or crack in the kiln,” she explains. “It can be frustrating when I put a lot of work into a piece and it ends up unusable.”

Despite the obstacles, Alasha remains undeterred. “My technique has evolved a lot since I first started making jewelry. I use more elaborate designs and am always trying to learn and incorporate new elements in my art.” As the years go on, her creations will continue to transform while remaining beautiful and unique – just like the precious metal clay from which they are formed.

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Last updated on June 8, 2016
Welcome to my shop! All jewelry is handmade by me, Alasha Lantinga, using natural gemstones and metals. Custom and bridal orders are welcome. Please see my profile for additional information. http://www.etsy.com/people/SaffireJewelry

Please see Much More of my jewelry on my websites:
www.alashalantinga.com
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Taxes:
Canadian orders are subject to applicable sales tax based on the shipping address.
Shipping
Items will ship within 5 business days with Canada Post. If your item is "made to order," I will contact you once your item is completed and shipped.

***INSURANCE, as well as TRACKING, ARE NOT INCLUDED in the shipping cost. Please contact me if you need insurance or if you need your item EXPRESS or EXPEDITED. Cost for Expedited to Canadian addresses is approximately $13. Express is approximately $17 to the USA. Please contact for an exact quote supplying the address to where the item will be shipped.

***International shipments are subject to the customs rules and requirements relating to the country of destination. I am not responsible for any shipping delays, damages, customs fees incurred, lost, stolen or withheld shipments.
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SHIPPING COSTS:

• To CANADA - $1.90. Each additional item is .20.
• To USA - $4.99. Each additional item is .20.
OR $2.00 For ONLY Delicate Chain Necklaces (NO frills with this shipping method. No purple bag, just a small plastic bag with the necklace stapled to the receipt. Shipped as Letter Mail.) CONTACT me BEFORE purchasing for this option.
• To INTERNATIONAL - $7.99. Each additional item is .20.
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SHIPPING TIMES:
~~ Packages are shipped from ALBERTA CANADA ~~

- Packages shipped regular mail to the USA can take anywhere from 3 business days to two weeks but sometimes even longer, sometimes up to 1 month. This is usually due to customs holding the package at the border which I have no control over unfortunately. Average is 2 weeks.

- Packages shipped to other areas of CANADA can take anywhere from 3 business days to 2 weeks (again sometimes longer but it is very rare).

- Packages shipped to other areas of the WORLD can take anywhere from 1 week up to 6 weeks.

* All time frames are an estimate and not guaranteed.

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Your unique piece of jewelry is shipped in a Purple Organza or Satin Bag. EXCEPT for the $2.00 Letter Mail Shipping Method to the USA.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please contact me within a couple days of receiving your item if you are unhappy with your purchase. Exchange or Store Credit is offered. Custom Orders are non-returnable. Thank you for your understanding.
Additional policies and FAQs
*** In order to NOT BE SURPRISED by the SIZE of your item, I recommend reading the measurements in the description and taking a look at a ruler to know exactly what size your jewelry is going to be. ***