Metalwork Progress Reflection

Copper Rose Progression
Jewelry Torch

Critical and Reflective Thinking

Having never been in a metal class before, using the torches at the start was very intimidating. We were tasked with creating a copper rose using the Jewelry Torch but before we could start we had to do a demo on the Acetylene Torch. I was worried about using the torch, but knew I could to use my critical thinking skills to make sure I used all the correct procedures to keep myself and my classmates safe. Mr. Peterson (being the amazing teacher he is,) was able to prepare me to feel confident in my abilities. I successfully completed the Acetylene Torch demo and was then able start my rose. Reflecting back, I wish I had started sanding the rose with sandpaper rather than a file because I felt I had a lot more control once I switched. I have now moved onto the Jewelry Torch and am finding a lot of success in using it. I have observed and understood how to properly use it and now enjoy using it and investigating all the different colours I am able to create on the copper. I have a ways to go with my rose but am excited to continue the process and see what else I am able to make.

Core Competency Self Assessment

Arts and Crafts Floral Embroidery

Critical and Reflective Thinking Skills

I used both critical and reflective thinking skills when making floral embroidery for Arts and Crafts. I was assigned a personal textiles project and was given a lot of creative freedom to make whatever I want. I decided to embroider because I had minimal experience and it would have a pretty, colourful outcome and would be fun to create. I can generate new ideas and build on other peoples ideas by brainstorming and asking for help from my peers with difficult decisions. The first time I ever tried to embroider was about a year ago and and used that to reflect on problems I encountered to generate new ideas. I really enjoyed this project and am really happy with the outcome I was able to produce.