I have taught kids ages 4-13 for a few years and am always
amazed at what they can do. Some projects that have worked well
for the younger group might be popular with the older ones too.
They’re even popular with the way-older ones!
Cuff bracelets are a wonderful opportunity for all kinds of
surface treatments: stamping, planishing, rollerprinting,
etching, and especially sandblasting and coloring with
prismacolor pencils. To elaborate on Alan’s suggestion, a spool
knitter is great for making a chain in copper or fine silver. It
works up quickly into a bracelet or necklace. Pull it through a
wood drawplate and it looks wonderful. (I’ve seen spool knitters
at Wal-Mart for about $3, in the fabric area.)
Last year choker necklaces were the rage with the older
students. A single strand of 16-18 g , formed round with a simple
self-hook in back. And beads, always beads. And wire-sculpture
This one is a bit of a guess, but I think making charm bracelets
would be a lot of fun. A nice way to use small castings or
pierced pieces, and fun to swap for those so inclined.
I had a very good group one year and we did raising- a small
copper dish. Very exciting.
Lapidary Journal’s back pages are a wonderful resource for
projects for classes. Having a lot of resource materials around
like LJ, Metalsmith, Ornament, etc. is inspiring to the students
Good luck and have fun!