When Ivan Owen‘s 10 year old daughter wanted to learn how to make her own metal ring, including designing it and melting down the scrap pewter metal, the Bellingham, Washington-based artist and maker embraced the opportunity:

This video shows her learning to design and fabricate her own metal ring via sand casting using Tinkercad 3D design software, an Ultimaker 2 3D printer, scrap pewter, blowtorch, hammer, anvil, vise, drill & various other tools. I provided knowledge and supervision, but she drove the process.

Through this process she learns that hazardous materials, such as molten metal, can be safely manipulated using the right equipment and techniques. She wanted to make a video of the process so that other kids could see all of the steps that go into making an everyday item like a ring.

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via Laughing Squid.

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