In the past week my laundry time has been focused on my 11 year old son.
He had a Kris Kringle at school and picked a girl’s name out of the hat. He decided he’d like to make her a ring…”Please mum?” It had to be in silver, of course, and I wasn’t allowed to tell anybody what he was doing. God forbid if word got out at school that he was making this girl a ring!
I took this photo but he quickly grabbed my torque bangle so he couldn’t be seen working on it.
Without giving away names, he wanted to make a ring with a V. So I got some wire and with a bit of planishing, solder and polishing, this is what we came up with:
We didn’t just launch into production blindly. I made him work with artistic wire and we got a few ideas together about how he could make it work. We even did a couple of drawings. The idea was a) not to waste silver and b) to instil a bit of the design process into him…Me: “Things just don’t happen, they are planned and thought through.” Him: “Yeah, yeah, can we start now mum?” One can only but try! To his credit, he was very patient and took everything I said on board. He had no choice of course, if he wanted to be near any equipment he had to listen to instruction intently or I just froze the production. He caught on pretty quickly that I mean business especially with regards to safety and proper process.
I would have liked him to engrave a line to make the the ring look more of a V than a Y but he was happy with his design and that was that. It was a great success and everyone guessed he’d made it, hence the cone of silence over the project has been lifted.
He then went on to make his teacher a pendant! Lucky teacher…I was welling up at the thought and seeing his determination to maker her something special was a reflection of his admiration.
I was really pleased that my workshop had got at least one child thinking outside the box and doing something a little different. Last year it was the turn of my daughter and her Market experience (Stuck). All this makes The Laundry about so much more than me. Another proud mum moment!
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I hope everyone had a Happy Christmas.