24 Oct Making Together: What happened? – Metal
Makers Theresa Nguyen and Hannah Brown led the second set of Making Together workshops at Birmingham Settlement, focusing on metal.
Introducing metalworking, silversmithing and jewellery making tools and techniques to all ages, parents and children had access to the real tools of the trade! Working with chasing punches, textured silversmithing hammers and metal burnishers, participants had a go at metal embossing, hand chasing and wire work using steel, pewter, copper and aluminium.
A metal sensory area was created alongside making activities, featuring a variety of treasure baskets, mirrors, lights, fabrics and musical instruments, offering a space to enjoy exploring the textures, sounds and tactile properties of metal.
“It was an opportunity for them to take time out of their everyday life and do something for themselves – learn new skills.”
“It was very special to see four generations experiencing and exploring metal together.”
“It was wonderful to see the way she applied the new skills that she learnt and her accuracy and improvement in striking the chasing punches to imprint the pattern on the metal. “
throwing noise abacus shakers mirrors bashing sharing and turn-taking
three generations physical motion drawing hands on two boys hammering
safe environment sense of achievement
“It felt like a really therapeutic activity where participants could block everything else out and just focus on exploring wire working for an hour or two.”