Metal & Craft

picasso metal sculpture

The sound of metal

The key points of craft through metal are:
1.Each work make by craft, rather than machine, have their own life.
2.The material you see and feel maybe not the true material. Future design need a wider variety of materials as well as craft skills.
3.Design make design easier and easier.
4.When connected with technology, it make design grow faster.
5.In terms of design it is important to recognize that a user who is an expert in their field is not necessarily an expert in your software. Users should be intuitive and easy to learn no matter who the user is.

YouTube links
Simple BFO Metal Detector – Improved Circuit Design
Metal Embossed Butterfly Technique (Technique Hop)
Ultimate Design Challenge- Metal Foil Tape

Making the Stark’s Emblem from Game of Thrones

BBC Mastercrafts – Blacksmithing

Technology &Collaboration through metals

As for this case, metal is collaborated with solar screen that wraps the building, creating its signature form while reducing solar heat gain and providing maximum views for occupants

 Materials through metals:

Metal be used with other materials works well in architecture.

Unused aluminum can be recycled and reuse.

 Play through metals

Gallium is fun to play with, and we are sure it can be used in other different ways which can be very useful.


“A person who works with his hands is a laborer.

A person who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman.

A person who works with his hands, his brain and his heart is an artist”

—Louis Nizer

In today’s increasingly digi-centric, disposable world, there’s a danger we’re forgetting something important about both the heritage, and the future, of the global manufacturing industry – the value of craftsmanship [1]. The craftsman brings the entirety of his skill to every aspect of a project, regardless of its publicity. A medieval artisan sculpting a gargoyle to be placed in the greatest heights of a cathedral and tucked behind a pillar brought the same care and attention to detail as his colleague creating the most visible components. Nobody would know if corners were cut but approaching work with dignity requires nothing less than the highest level of attention brought to every aspect of a project. Does this mean locking into a mindset of perfection-driven procrastination? No. It means taking seriously the old adage, “You are who you are when nobody is watching.”[2]

“The issue I struggle with most days in my shop is, “When is it good enough?” Whether I’m assessing the quality of an individual part or a complete model my answer is this: It’s good enough when, based on my current ability, any further attempt to improve it will probably cause it to be damaged. That having been said, my constant goal is to improve my abilities tomorrow over what they are today. For me, building models cars is a very personal expression. When I cease to improve my skills and thus, my models, I’ll go do something else.”[3]

—Michael Dunlap

Maggie’s  feeling after teamwork:

We are initially very independent craftsman, technician, company staff, designer, specialist in one subjects or a lot. Through our collaboration and frequent contact with each other, it had helped us to develop a strong bond within our team. By going through all kinds of hardship, we had made a lot of effort and self-improvement as a team which made me feels that whereby the meaning of collaboration comes from.


[1] Paul Tate (2013) ‘Manufacturing’s Future: The Role of Craftsmanship’ Manufacturing Leadership [Online][Accessed on: 29 October 2014]

[2] Anon (2014) ‘The Modern Craftsman’s Guide: Work with Dignity’ [Online][Accessed on: 29 October 2014]

[3] Joseph H Martin (2014) ‘The Online Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum’ Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship

[Online][Accessed on 29 October 2014]

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