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Nice pictorial wicon. How do you finish it? Cut it off? What next? 

I can picture some fun variants of the design. It looks like a good quick demo with a product they can walk away with to proudly give their mothers or loved ones. 

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We make a short square tip so they can be pushed into a flowerpot. The stem about 30 cm long.

(Sometimes i tell the child now it can hammer it into the livingroom cabinet - makes it's parents looking funny . GRIN)

The smallest heart I forged was made of 2mm round for a mini cactus, the biggest one of 2,5m by15mm round. That one was in a set of 5 different forged hearts.

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Tip for demos: Don' tell the spectators what you are forging. Let them guess. Interesting how few people can imagine what you are forging until you fold it open. And many stay - at least until it's ready. :)

Willy

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 Good timing, Just so happens I been thinking of what to demo for some 3rd grade classes this Friday. I got a bunch of campaign sign wire looking for use. Now to get my lengths figured out, make a few with my travel rig, and have at it.       Thanks              Life is Good             Dave

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As I usually teach starting with a 1/4" square stock S hook, I have some 1/8" sq stock I can use with kids; though for the younger ones we trade off hammering: kid---tink tink tink, next heat me, whomp whomp whomp.  I clean up any hammering issues and speed the project along.

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I seldom teach forging. Mostly I forge on events like school or city festivals, christmas markets and so on. So I see my "customers" only 15 to 30 minutes. To make shure that everything stays safe, I handle the steel and the child works like a striker would do  -  Whomp - tink - whomp - tink... Except when only light blows are needed like bending the heart open.

p.s.:  Tink ---  (Usually) the father: "Hit harder!"  --- Twank - missed. I tell the child: "Don't strike so hard. You will miss. You are simply to young make heavy blows and hit the steel. Get 12 to 16 years old and you will hit ard and not miss.

 

Willy

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