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Monday, 23 March 2015
Year 10 students in the Girls’ Division have been trying their hand at traditional metal casting methods using pewter. The girls were given the brief to design and make a pendant to reflect the School’s 100/500 Anniversary celebrations, which are taking place throughout 2015 and 2016.
Pewter was introduced to Britain in the 14th Century, with the industry growing until, by the 17th Century, there would have been very few households in the country that did not possess some items made out of this material. Although production has since slowed down, pewter casting is still used to create products in the 21st Century.
The pewter casting work therefore ties in very well with the celebrations, as both the material and method would have been in use 500 years ago! However, the girls also combined this traditional technique with modern computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM) methods to work on the design of their moulds, bringing together both past and present.
Sasha Cooke said, “The intricate designs were quite difficult to make because each piece of the design had to be a certain width to stop them from snapping. It was definitely a challenge, but I’ve really enjoyed it. My inspiration was a painting displayed on the maths corridor, which was painted by a former member of the School. I liked this design because of the bright colours and unusual shapes.”
Ellie Addison was also partially influenced by some of the artwork around School: “My source of inspiration for the pendant was a painting on the wall, which I took the circle shape from, and the spikey diagonal line from the School badge.”
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