SchoolArts Magazine

March 2017

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T he secrets of ancient Egypt are an intriguing part of his - tory. The artifacts found in the tombs of the rulers of Egypt were of particular interest to my fifth-grade students. We explored one type of artifact more thoroughly—the jewelry worn by the pharaohs and queens of long ago. Students were interested in the use of gold, silver, and electrum (a mixture of gold and silver), and how it was melted in pottery crucibles over charcoal-burning furnaces and blown with reed pipes until the introduction of foot-worked bellows. The molten metal was then poured into molds, cooled, and hammered into shapes. Ancient Inspires Contemporary The designs of ancient Egyptian jewelry can still be found in jewelry Egyptian Jewelry Bas-Reliefs Barbara Hildebrandt that is worn and sold today. The lotus flower, the scarab, and the cobra are examples of reference material that were available for students to peruse. I encouraged them to do independent research as well. Introducing Bas-Reliefs I introduced the term repoussé to my students, which is a French term meaning "to push into metal sheets." I demonstrated a number of tech- niques and explained how students could "tool" 26-gauge aluminum metal sheeting from both the front and back to achieve a bas-relief effect. Working with Aluminum Students first designed their jewelry with pencil on newsprint. I encour - aged a simple line design; it could be a complete necklace, cuff, pen - E L E M E N T A R Y Angelica May Rebolledo, grade five. Kristine Ballesteros, grade five. 36 MARCH 2017 SchoolArts

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