Swainswick Explorers, Upper Swainswick, Bath, England

The first children’s poppies made.

The first children’s poppies made.

11 February 2015

One set of tooling was made for texturing the poppy petals and this was trialled at Swainswick Explorers at an after school club near Bath. The trial was successful and the poppies produced were shown to the YPRES 2016 Event organisers for approval. The style was accepted and 3 further sets of tooling were made ready for the event in 2016.

Further poppy making events were organised at Swainswick Explorers and photos of these are included here. Whenever possible on our blacksmithing travels other children’s poppy forging opportunities have been created and more children’s poppies made and a selection of photographs from these events is included in this, the Children’s Forging Events Section of the web site.

A record of who made the poppies and where they were made is being kept and shows the spread of nationalities involved to date.

23 October 2015

L: Initial texturing of the petals R: Final texturing and shaping the poppy blank

Left: Initial texturing of the petals   Right: Final texturing and shaping the poppy blank

Left: Fitting the stem Right: Finished

Left: Fitting the stem Right: Finished

28 October 2015

Left: Dishing and centring the poppy petals Right: Finished

Left: Dishing and centring the poppy petals Right: Finished

4 November 2015

Left: Texturing the petals Right: Finished

Left: Texturing the petals Right: Finished

Left: Dishing the centre of the poppy petals Right: Fitting the stem

Left: Dishing the centre of the poppy petals Right: Fitting the stem

Finished

Finished

19 December 2015

Left: Cupping the petals. Right: Fitting the stem.

Left: Cupping the petals. Right: Fitting the stem.

Proudly finished

Proudly finished

Rachel and Edward Leigh-Wood of Swainswick Explorers with a proud and happy poppy maker.

Rachel and Edward Leigh-Wood of Swainswick Explorers with a proud and happy poppy maker.