Everyone's family name brings with it a rich history, this is an area of great research and interest for many people. A family crest symbolises the family's name and origins.
Design and make a decorative artefact which contains your family crest. The artefact should be suitable for display in the home and have a colour scheme reflective of the family's crest.
Research and investigation
This section explores some of the main elements of the design process involved in solving a brief, and producing an artefact. The chart across outlines the design process sequence followed (some additional elements are required).
You can view the design process for this project by clicking on either the powerpoint or PDF version below.
This project is based around a simple trophy/plaque design. The crest shape is cut out using a coping saw and finished with a spoke shave and sanded. This is mounted to a piece of timber with an appropriate angle cut to display the crest best. This is then mortised into the base of the project. The face of the crest should be a recreation of the pupil's own family crest; this can be represented in a number of ways such as: relief carving, cutting the pieces out of thin ply and gluing them onto the face, or simply painting directly onto the crest.
This project should take approximately 5 double lessons depending on the ability level of the group, situation and the resouces available.
Pupil's individual design input:
Within the framework of the sample solution shown above there is scope for individual design input in relation to some aspects of the artefact. The crest itself in the sample solution shown above is quite basic the more advance student may opt to augment this template, such as the example below. Many different outlines for the crest can be used. Also the shape of the base pieces leaves scope for design and can be designed by the individual, such as curves rather than angles as shown below.
Manufacturing the project:
Tools and processes used:
SolidWorks model of project: