I agree that it is important that they carry away something with
them. If it is money constraints I would go with the “Buy in some
thin silver bands, get them to file a flatspot, solder on a cast
thick-walled 8mm bezel, get them to glue things in the bezel like
shell, copper, wood, resin, whatever.”
Who of you has taught 12 - 15 yearolds jewellery? Is it
I taught my sons sixth grade class, but I had an hour every monday
for 6 weeks. I also made a 45 minute video tape of the project we
would do and let them watch it in class before I showed up the
first time. I cut them each a 1" diameter size piece of wax. I
showed them how to draw a design, Cartoon it onto the wax, Carve
away either the design or the background, and texture if desired.
After a few weeks I collected them and cast in SS and tumbled. Each
child walked away with either a pocket coin or pendant. I
encouraged them each to scrape their name and the year on the back.
I could not beleive some of the fabulous textures and designs these
kids came up with.
I acctually carry the one I made for the demo in my pocket.
Michael Mathews Victoria,Texas USA