Craft - 1 Alternative
This group was set up to take members out of their comfort zone by trying out physical/engineering type activities not normally undertaken by retired people. It provides opportunities for U3A members to become involved in certain technologies that might not otherwise be considered possible or available, either due to lack of facilities/tools/specialist equipment or simply because not many people would consider such activities. This also includes using known techniques in different ways.
The group is founded on the basis of what is available in a well-equipped workshop but other activities could be considered if interest is expressed.
The Picture shows a typical session outside in the summer.
POTENTIAL CRAFTS ON OFFER:
Glass Painting and Decorating – examples include mirrors, glasses and picture frames. Specialist paints are used, generally purchased from Hobbycraft.
Leaded Glass and Mirrors – The use of lead strip to produce the effect of a stained glass leaded frame. The lead strip is purchased from Decraled. It is also possible to purchase “stained glass picture” kits that use traditional “H” section lead strip as a frame to hold pieces of coloured glass.
Wood Turning – This can be from zero experience with the approach to learning how to use a wood lathe explained and a suitable tutorial piece undertaken as a first exercise.
Wood Carving – Wood carving chisels and conventional woodworking equipment are available.
Light Metal Shaping – For those with zero experience a typical first project is a large leaf made from light (deep-draw) aluminium sheet. Alternatively, the principles of shaping over a former and on a sandbag can be pursued. A small measuring jug is a challenging but realistic next stage.
Book Binding – This can be as simple as printing an A5 “Booklet” with Adobe Reader or generating a complete book from basic principles.
Paper Making – Handmade paper made from scrap or recycled paper.
Ceramic Tile Mosaic manufacture – Patterns made using a selecting of micro-tiles and beads.
Plastic moulding – This is based around using a hot air gun to shape thermosetting plastic.
Turning Rubbish into “Works of Art” – Typically this is the use of what otherwise would be offcuts or scraps to form a new desirable object, be it to form a sculpture or a simple decoration.
Poker Work – Decorating a plain wood surface using a special tool that burns the surface of wood.
Layered Sand Containers – Simple examples use the sand to support candles in jars.
Metal Wire Sculpture – The use of a wire armature to form a shape that may be sufficient in itself or the basis for covering with Papier Mache or other covering material.
Woollen Sculpture – Use of wool joining techniques, crochet, etc., to create individual shapes that may then be joined together by suitable means to form complex 3D shapes/panels or pictures.
Material dyeing – Graded or area colouring to create patterns/shapes on the material.
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