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Aluminium dyeing workshop with Kathleen Smith

Aluminium dyeing workshop with Kathleen Smith

On Saturday 17th February The Hayloft were very excited to offer a workshop with Kathleen Smith on aluminium dyeing and producing a bangle and pair of earrings. The first process was to dye the aluminium and then begin printing, it was great to see how each student approached it so differently. Some used the traditional stamps whilst others carved their own stamps or used fabrics, textures etc to create an effect. Whilst the aluminium was steamed we all enjoyed coffee and our famous homemade cakes. Everyone was excited to see how the patterns had formed after steaming. The next process was to remove any excess ink with mentholated spirits which started to reveal some amazing patterns. Every bangle was different and individual. The bangle was then cut to size with the guillotine this left enough aluminium to make either earrings or pendants. Then onto the tricky part, forming the shape of the bangle on the mandrel. This process takes time and patience to produce a symmetrical bangle. As you can see from the images the final outcomes were excellent and everyone left very happy. It was suggested that we run this workshop for Christmas, making tree decorations. I couldn’t agree more! It was a fantastic afternoon with great people…

 

  

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