Project Description

My project is a crescent moon dream catcher with a wolf on it cut out from a sheet of 1/4 inch mild steel using a plasma cutter. The feathers were cut the same way but from a piece of 3/8 mild steel. It was sanded down with a 50 grit fiber disc using a 4 inch grinder. The grooves in the feathers were made by using a die grinder.

Content: The top 3 things I learned from this showcase were:

  1. How to use a plasma cutting machine
  2. How to use a dremel
  3. How to wrap wire

Culture: This project relates or connects to my family, background, peers, community or my own personal interests in these ways:

Dream catchers come from Native Americans and were made to block bad dreams and catch the good ones. I have a lot of relatives with Native American backgrounds.  My grandpa in particular is found of dream catchers, so I decided to make him one that won’t break or get ruined because it made all out of metal.

Metacognition: In reflection, one thing that I would have done differently during my journey with this showcase is:

One thing that I would have done differently was to take more time by putting more detail in the wolf sitting on the moon. I thought that since it was connected to the moon it wouldn’t need much detail but it looks very bland in my opinion and could look much better. I would also put more time into the feathers making them look more like a real feather as much as I could.

Social/Emotional: One thing I am most proud of by completing this showcase is:

One thing that I’m most proud of is finishing it and giving it to my grandpa. His interest in dream catchers is the reason why I decided to make it. I’m also very glad how good it turned out.

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