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Re: New things on our website!

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri May 02 2003 - 19:33:29 PDT


What part can't you believe? lol. I have taken jewelry for 3 summers,
and I have brought my tools and equipment to school and purchased
additional equipment through the school to be able to do this with my
small class of 13 or 14 kids. Etching is really not that hard, you just
have to learn it!! Like anything else. It's kind of off the beaten
track of what we normally do with kids for several reasons...you have to
heat metal to bend it, (torch), and the etchants can be rather nasty,
dangerous, and staining if spilled. So, I anneal (heat) their metal for
them and I am actually the one that touches the etchant, other than
that, they can do it all. You just have to learn to do it yourself to
feel confident, then there is so much that they can do. I have to warn
you, though....they do NOT like sanding! We got a particularly
scratched up batch of copper this last time... it was HARD work! "Mrs.
Woods, am I finished yet?" was banned after the first three
days....gads!
THey HAD to learn to move their metal around in the light to see if
there were any deep scratches that crossed their sandpaper marks, and if
so, you know the drill...MORE SANDING!!! That is the only part that
makes me cookoo. And some kids are happy to stop with sloppy sanding
and filing, so you have to be a bit of a slave driver. THe way to keep
them happy is to do one piece at a time so they see results more quickly
than sanding all metal before cutting, etc. I was amazed by how few
sawblades they broke. Much fewer on average than I did when I was
learning, lol. I wish I had photographed the earrings before I let them
take them home. Some were really clever. I'll let you know when we get
the rest online.

Linda

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