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Wire Alliums or Dandelion Clock


Wire Allium or a Dandelion Clock for your garden

Saturday 19th October, 10 - 5, £75

Learn various wire forming techniques and create a wonderful everlasting Allium or Dandelion seedhead for your garden. (You can choose between and Allium or a Dandelion seedhead, but I need to know in advance)

The workshop is a nice way to learn basic metalwork and jewellery making skills. Please note though, the technique is very 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. If you're a fast worker, you can get your allium/dandelion completed in the day, but if you'd rather take your time, you'll be able to easily finish it off at your own pace at home.

Your base structure will be made using bare iron, but you can choose what metal to use to create the flower/fluffy ends:

- Aluminium, (bright silver colour and soft to work with)
- Steel, (black colour which will then rust in your garden, creates a strong structure but the toughest wire to work with)

To enable you to finish this on the day I will provide you with some elements ready prepped up, so I do need to know in advance what finish you would like to go for.

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/dandelion clock.

Price includes all materials, refreshments and a simple home cooked veggy lunch

The workshop is delivered by Anna Roebuck from The Making House in Burton on Trent; Anna has been delivering specialist workshops for over 18 years and will support you in creating your own amazing piece of artwork in a relaxed setting.

Anna 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. She 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.