The event took place on a Saturday between 10 and 1pm at Stretford High School. The event was attended by approximately 65 people, with most people staying for the whole event. Originally we were going to pass a current through objects in order to melt them using Joule’s second law. Unfortunately this proved impossible to demonstrate within the confines of a public space due to the strength of the voltage needed. We compromised with the Metal Vapourisation experiment instead that sent a lower current through copper wire within a vacuum jar to coat slides prepared by members of the audience. Stick on letters and shape worked as a mask that prevented those parts of the slide from mirroring. Once the slide had been mirror coated the letters lifted of to reveal the glass.
In order to demonstrate the traditional casting methods we employ in casting the melted gun metal into the Wearpeace badges, an artist worked with participants to work designs and press shapes into pre prepared plasticine moulded plaques. Plaster of Paris was then poured into the moulds and participants took away their finished plaques.
A continuous photo slide show enabled the participants to see the process of melting guns in the foundry, which led to audience discussions.
Artists set up an activity that enabled participants to draw with torches and light Sabres. Using a camera set on a slow shutter speed these light drawing were photographed and have been uploaded to facebook – gunstogoods to download.
CARISMA launched this year's Peaceweek theme – peace across the generations and were on hand to answer questions, as were the police.
Before leaving participants were asked to write a message of peace on ceramic tiles- these will be displayed in Peaceweek in the following March.