Metal Clay Workshops with Metal Keys Designs

If you can play with play dough, you can make jewellery using metal clay! Art Clay Silver is a non-toxic clay made of recycled fine silver particles combined with an organic binder. After forming and finishing the clay, you will use a small butane torch to fire your piece to burn away the organic binder. After firing, you will have a solid piece of 99.9% fine silver jewellery. You will be amazed at the results!

 

Metal Keys Designs is owned by metal clay artist Tracy Lai. Tracy specializes in creating jewellery using fine and sterling silver. Her pieces often incorporate enamels, stones, resin, Keum Boo, and mixed metals. Tracy comes from an arts background and her works are influenced by her interests in music, Asian art, and styles of the past such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau.

 

Tracy is an Art Clay Senior Certified Instructor. She teaches in Simcoe County, Ontario and in the Greater Toronto Area. Tracy continues to keep up to date of the development of metal clay by regularly attending classes, including Instructor Intensives at Art Clay World.

 

Upcoming workshops: 
A Peek at the Magic of Metal Clay!
Charmed by Metal Clay
Bejeweled Metal Clay

 

A Peek at the Magic of Metal Clay!

This short workshop will give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of precious metal clay.  If you can play with play dough, you can make jewellery using metal clay!  Art Clay Silver is a non-toxic clay made of recycled fine silver particles combined with an organic binder. For this workshop, you will have enough clay to make a small charm for a bracelet or necklace, or a pair of earrings.  After forming and finishing the clay, you will use a small butane torch to fire your piece to burn away the organic binder. After firing, you will have a solid piece of 99.9% fine silver jewellery. You will be amazed at the results! 

The cost of the workshop includes a small package of Art Clay Silver metal clay, use of tools for the day, and sterling silver findings for a charm or earrings.  Sterling silver necklace chains are not included, but will be available for purchase for on the day of the workshop. 

Please register early as this class is limited to only 6 registrants.  Due to the use of a butane torch, registrants must be 18 years or older.  (If you are younger than 18, you may wish to register for the “Charmed by Metal Clay – Youth Workshop” on November 18)

Register in advance online at www.metalkeysdesigns.ca.  Full payment is due upon registration.   Registrations or payments will not be accepted the day of workshop.  Please note that there is an administration fee for any cancellations less than 48 hours before the workshop. Please contact info@metalkeysdesigns.ca for more information.    

Registrants must tie up long hair and avoid wearing loose long sleeves when torch firing.  It is also recommended to wear closed toed shoes. The studio is not responsible for any injuries. Students are welcome to bring in any magnification aids.

Adults & Ages 12+   Cost $80

Lakeshore: Wednesday November 8,  6:00pm

Charmed by Metal Clay - Youth Workshop

If you like play dough, you will like metal clay!  In this workshop, you will work with fine silver metal clay, a unique clay made up of tiny particles of recycled pure silver with a non-toxic organic binder.  Fine silver metal clay can be formed, dried, finished and fired.  Firing the clay will burn away the binder, resulting in a beautiful piece of pure 99.9% fine silver you will treasure for years to come.   You will be “charmed” by metal clay after trying it!

Each participant will make one small charm using molds and texture plates.    After the workshop, the charms will be fired in a kiln and tumbled to a shine, to be picked up at a later date.  The cost of the workshop includes a small package of Art Clay Silver metal clay, use of tools for the day and a sterling silver jump ring for the charm.  Necklace and bracelet chains are not included, but can be purchased separately the day of the workshop.    

Please register early as this workshop is limited to only 6 registrants. 

Register in advance online at www.metalkeysdesigns.ca.  Full payment is due upon registration.  Registrations or payments will not be accepted the day of workshop.  Please note that there is an administration fee for any cancellations less than 48 hours before the workshop. Please contact info@metalkeysdesigns.ca for more information.   

Adults & Ages 9+   Cost $55

Lakeshore: Saturday November 18,  10:00am

Bejeweled Metal Clay

For those that had a peek into the magic of metal clay and want to see a little more, here’s your chance!  This workshop will show you another dimension of fine silver metal clay and how you can incorporate heat safe stones such as cubic zirconia into your pieces.   You will have a chance to create a small pendant or a pair of earrings with your colour choice of cubic zirconia stones.  If time allows, you can torch fire your creation or choose to have it kiln fired after the workshop, to be picked up at a later date.

The cost of the workshop includes a small package of Art Clay Silver metal clay, use of tools for the day, one cubic zirconia stone (or two smaller stones for earrings), and sterling silver findings for a pendant or earrings.  Necklace chains are not included, but will be available for purchase at the workshop.     

*Please note that this is not a beginner workshop - only open to participants that have taken the intro workshop “A Peek at the Magic of Metal Clay” or have previous experience with precious metal clay*

Be sure to register early as this workshop is limited to only 6 registrants.  Due to the use of a butane torch, registrants must be 18 years or older

Register in advance online at www.metalkeysdesigns.ca.  Full payment is due upon registration.   Registrations or payments will not be accepted the day of workshop.  Please note that there is an administration fee for any cancellations less than 48 hours before the workshop. Please contact info@metalkeysdesigns.ca for more information.   

Registrants must tie up long hair and avoid wearing loose long sleeves when torch firing.  It is also recommended to wear closed toed shoes. The studio is not responsible for any injuries. Students are welcome to bring in any magnification aids.

Adults & Ages 18+   Cost $90

Lakeshore: Wednesday November 29,  6:00pm

Lakeshore

967 Innisfil Beach Road
Innisfil, ON L9S 1V3

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2282 4th Line
Innisfil, ON, L0L 1K0

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Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0

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7883 Yonge Street
Innisfil, ON L9S 1K8