Jeweled Bugs

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We began this lesson by observing scientific illustrations of insects and designing a symmetrical bug that was based on realistic elements. Students transferred their paper drawings to aluminum tooling foil, embossing the details to create dimension on the metal. Steps on the transfer process are shown here:


Students Transferring their paper image to the metal.

Each student also embossed a simple background pattern to emphasize their bug. Color was added to the insects symmetrically with Sharpie pens. Students were encouraged to use different blending and layering techniques to enhance the color effect. (We learned and practiced these techniques on a piece of scrap metal, first!)

Students adding color to their bugs!

As a final embellishment, Students had the option of adding some flat-sided gems to complete the jeweled appearance. Creating a simple mat and mounting their finished bug counted towards their final project grade. Presentation and craftsmanship matter!


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