The aim of this day course is to make your own three-dimensional textured background that can be effectively illuminated by candle light. You can find an example of the tutor making this project in a short video on the College's Instagram page. Using the College's welder, grinder and power hammer, you will understand how effective marks can be made on metal by using indirect contact, for example a simple handmade swage.
The main material for your background will be 5mm thick steel plate provided by the college. Initially you will make two simple tools or swages using the mig welding and the electric grinder (with a cutting disc attatchment). Next, you will experiment to see what marks your new tools will make when impressed into hot metal. Finally, you will use them to create your background. This might, for example, represent a field of flowers, corn or a swirling sea. Your plate can then be trimmed to size.
This will then be curved to ensure that it will stand. Once you are happy with the result, the edges can be polished and the front wirebrushed and waxed.
This project could make a great present or decorative item for your own home and the background comes to life when a tea light candle is placed in front.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Cara Wassenberg is a sculptor with 25 years' experience of working in steel, copper and glass. She trained at University of the Creative Arts, Farnham and teaches part-time on the BA Metalwork course at UCA. She makes sculpture for galleries, exhibitions and to commission.