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Wire Alliums


Wire Alliums for your garden in the garden

Saturday 25th July 10 - 4, £55

Due to the current situation dates may have to be changed, in the event of this happening we will postpone and offer a new date, however we will, of course, be more than happy to give a full refund if this is your preference.

Price includes all basic materials and refreshments, please bring your own lunch.

Learn various wire forming techniques and create a wonderful everlasting Allium for your garden.

The workshop is suitable for anyone and is a nice way to learn basic metalwork and jewellery making skills. Please note though, the technique is quite repetitive and the wire used for the large Alliums needs to be relatively thick so it may be tiring on your hands, so please bare this in mind if you have any issues with hand strength.

You will be supplied with steel wire, (bright silver colour or black/rust colour) to complete your Allium. To enable you to finish this on the day I will provide you with some elements ready made, the new price reflects this.

- If you wish to combine with copper wire I need to add an additional £7 to cover the cost. I need to know this in advance so I can ensure I have enough materials in.

- If you want to make a recycled can version, please save up your drink cans and bring them with you. (So there's an excuse to get drinking!! One 440ml can will create 3 flower heads and to make an effective Allium you need at least 50 flowers, though you will be able to add to your piece at a later date)

You’ll get a handout to remind you of how to do the basics as well as suggestions for suppliers so you can make more at home.

We'll all start with learning the basic technique, create a couple of small stylized flowers. You will then go on to create your own large garden Allium. There will be a couple of designs for you to choose from; either a pure wire design or using wire and recycled drink cans.

The workshops is with Anna Roebuck, who began to develop the wire flowers in response to a Remembrance day commission and has since gone on to explore making different types of flowers out of wire.

Anna also runs a Wire Poppy workshop which is a great introduction to working with wire and simpler than this one, so it may be worth starting with poppies first.