I had the great pleasure and honor of teaching a “Stop-And-Go Station” for Teen Arts at Sussex County Community College for my second year in a row. Last year was my very first year ever and it blew me away on just how many students were so intrigued and excited to see how you could make jewelry out of wire. I did have an actual anvil with me so that helped let them hear me before they saw my table – this also brought guys to my table which I was happy to see – we all really enjoyed the whole process. Last year I taught them how to make rings, cuff bracelets and stud earrings, but I found that the winner was making cuff bracelets from hammering wire.
As I prepped for this second year, I wanted to be very intentional about the day because it was quite hectic last year and I knew it was going to be again – but at least I could plan for it as much as I could! I knew what material I was going to use, but I had to make sure I had enough as well as making sure I had another anvil option. I decided to teach them how to make cuff bracelets out of wire as well as wrapping a thinner gauged wire to the ends of it, and some even had the option of adding a bead. This way they could really see the endless possibilities of what you can make out of it and how you can use it. Showing them how to use the anvil and create textures with the hammer really blew their minds! The whole day was a success and my table was packed more than I imagined!
What I really enjoyed from the day was seeing how patient they were to wait for the spots at table to free up, as well as for me to try to get to every student – each round was about 10-15 students deep! Some got a little anxious and curious and started making some things on their own – I really loved that because this meant that they weren’t afraid to try!
Enjoy a few pictures of what the High School students and even some 8th graders made on their own (with my help of course)! Didn’t they do a great job!?