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Causeway Links - Jewellery Making Workshop

On a warm afternoon on Monday 18th July 20 lucky Year 5 Langney pupils went on a trip to Causeway Secondary School. Once we arrived we were escorted to the Design Technology Department and were shown what we were making by Miss Turton, the DT teacher. She explained that we were making jewellery by enamelling, which is when you decorate a metal by melting a glossy glass substance onto it. We started by drawing 3 designs and choosing our favourite to use. We then drew straight onto the metal copper but we left the cutting of the copper for Miss Turton to do! Then we learnt how to use a file to make sure the edges were smooth so that when we wear our jewellery it won't scratch us! After that it was time to polish the copper with glass paper to remove all of our finger-prints. Finally it was time to decorate! We used enamel powder to sprinkle on a base colour and then added beads which would melt later when placed in the kiln. We got to watch an example piece go into a small kiln but we made sure to stand from a safe distance as Kilns can go up to 800 degrees! We left our pieces of jewellery behind so that they could go in the kiln after we left. On out way out we were given a guided tour of Causeway school where we saw: Food Technology, Spanish rooms, Maths rooms, Geography rooms and most importantly where the Snack Bar was! Unfortunately it was then time to go back to school and we all agreed that we would love to go back for even longer. We would like to thank the Causeway staff for having us and being so kind, Mr Field for driving us their and all the adults that came with us. We loved it!

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