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The history of engagement rings

(Last modified: January 21st, 2020)

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At metals4U, we’re passionate about metal and its many uses.

One of the most romantic applications is in the crafting of engagement and wedding rings, which inspired us to learn more about the history of this tradition.

In the UK alone, we perform an average of 1,000 Google searches for “how to propose” and 246,000 searches for “engagement ring” every month, according to Google Keyword Planner, serving to emphasise that we are truly a nation obsessed with weddings and engagements.

Interestingly, December sees the highest spike for “how to propose” inspiration, with it almost doubling in search volume over the festive period.

But, how has this tradition evolved to become what it is today? We delved into the history books to find out…

A step back to ancient times

A symbol of unity, engagement rings go back as far as ancient Egypt, where couples would place a ring made of twisted plants on the fourth finger of the left hand. This was because Egyptians believed it connected to the heart by the vena amoris – a Latin word meaning “vein of love”. It was believed that the vein in the fourth finger on the left hand ran directly to the heart.

As well as rings made from plants, rings were also made from the other, higher quality materials, such as leather or ivory. It was said that the higher the quality of material, the wealthier the giver.

The introduction of two rings

In ancient Rome, women were given two rings on their wedding day, each made from a different metal. A gold ring was given for the woman to wear in public, and often symbolised wealth and importance, while an iron ring was given to be worn at home, to complete house duties, to reduce the risk of it becoming damaged. Rings had a secondary, less romantic meaning too and wedding bands during this era typically symbolised a man’s ownership of his wife, showing others that she was ‘spoken for’.

Age of Enlightenment era

The intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated Eurpe during the 17th, 18th and 19th century introduced gimmel rings.

Gimmal rings symbolised love and usually included two or three hoops, or a clasped hand design. When several gimmel rings were worn together, they joined to create one ring, and the clasped hands symbolised the union of two people.

Scots-Irish claddagh and rose-cut diamonds were also commonly used in engagement rings during this period as they symbolised love and loyalty.

The Victoria era

The trend of engagement rings really took off as a result of the relationship between Queen Victoria and her husband. Victoria and Albert’s romance was seen as a symbol of wealth and upper classes. Engagement rings were also stripped down to simple bands, which were usually worn on the right hand and transferred to the left hand during the wedding ceremony.

It was also during the Victorian era that Tiffany and Co founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, created the iconic six-prong engagement ring design we know and love today. The six-prong arrangement, which houses the diamond, raised the stone above the setting and added glitz and glamour to a ring.

Present day

In more recent times, diamonds of all shapes, sizes and colours have taken centre stage on engagement rings.

The 1920s introduced geometric shaped diamonds, the 1970s saw square cuts becoming popular, while the use of precious gemstones such as sapphires and rubies became a popular trend in the 1980s.

That trend shot to prominence after Princess Diana’s iconic engagement ring, given to her by husband-to-be Prince Charles, was introduced to the world.

Gold and silver are commonly associated with engagement rings, and since around 1900, platinum, white and yellow gold have also become firm favourites among couples.

Today, engagement rings can vary from couple to couple, with some preferring more glitz and glamour, and others favouring more simple rings.

Custom wedding and engagement rings are also a big trend, with more and more couples preferring a bespoke ring to symbolise the uniqueness of their relationship.

Gryphon Racing FS2020 sponsorship-drivetrain progress

(Last modified: January 13th, 2020)

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Leeds Gryphon Racing Team have been working hard during the first few months of the new academic year to produce the working calculations to guide the style and development of their F20 Formula Student car.

To kick of the Formula Student 2020 sponsorship coverage, we’d like to bring you up to date with the progress of the drivetrain team being led this year by Roman Poraziński.

The drivetrain is the name given to the component parts from the transmission to the wheels; it is not part of the engine but the ‘train’ of parts that transfer the power created from combustion through the transmission, clutch and gears, the differential, and through to the axles and wheels to actually move the car.

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Roman Poraziński.
Head of Drivetrain.

 

So far, Roman has led his team to calculate the brake forces to enable them to select the most appropriate brake system components, the rear bulkhead is also entering the design phase, as is a new, more ergonomic pedal box design to improve on weight saving and production issues faced in the production of last year’s FS car.

Roman’s team are also busy with the calculations on the layout and mounting of the shifting mechanism, along with successfully designing and completing the clutch actuation system- he certainly hasn’t been slacking!

 

 

 

 

For those of you that may be unfamiliar with how the drivetrain is incorporated into the design of the car, and what it does, below is a simplistic overview of the components it includes.

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A basic guide to the drivetrain.

If you would like to keep up to date with all our sponsorship news, why not follow us on our social media channels?

 

 

 

How to recycle household waste metal

(Last modified: December 6th, 2019)

At metals4U, we are passionate about recycling, while TV programmes like Blue Planet have also helped to highlight the devastation caused by single-use materials.

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But while much of our focus is on reducing the use and waste of plastic in our day-to-day lives, statistics released by the trade board, European Aluminium show that the UK falls below the current Eurpoean average for aluminum recycling.

Metal is a material that is endlessly recyclable – aluminum drinks cans can be on sale as another can in just 60 days – so it’s crucial we each play our own part in recycling our waste metal.

To highlight the issue, we analysed the latest YouGov data to find the UK areas which are the best and worst for recycling household waste metal.

The results help illustrate where education and information on metal recycling is required.

The worst offending UK areas for not recycling metal waste (percentage of residents who rarely recycle or never recycle)

  1. Kensington and Chelsea – 47%
  2. Dumfries and Galloway – 45%
  3. Inverclyde – 45%
  4. Southampton – 37%
  5. Brent – 35%
  6. Greenwich – 35%
  7. Tendring – 34%
  8. Rushmoor – 34%
  9. Perth and Kinross – 34%
  10. Barking and Dagehnham – 32%

The top ten best recyclers (percentage of residents who recycle all or almost all metal waste)

  1. Burnley – 94%
  2. Tandbridge – 88%
  3. Rossendale – 87%
  4. Isle of Anglesey – 87%
  5. Denbridgeshire – 85%
  6. Gwynedd – 84%
  7. Monmouthshire – 84%
  8. Ryedale – 82%
  9. Mole Valley – 82%
  10. Derbyshire Dales – 81%

Can I recycle my household metal?

There are several myths surrounding the recycling of household metal waste.

The reality is that most household metals can be recycled.

And as with all household waste, it’s important to rinse metal before recycling it to ensure it does not contaminate other recycled waste.

Which household metals can I recycle?

The metals below can be recycled easily in your regular recycle bin.

  • Drink cans
  • Food tins (push the tin lid inside the tin)
  • Chocolate/sweet tins
  • Aluminium foil (scrunch the foil together to form a ball)
  • Aluminum food trays and tubes (remove any plastic caps)
  • Aerosol cans (remove the plastic cap)

The following household metals CANNOT be recycled in home recycling collections

  • Laminated food pouches (pet food, baby puree pouches that spring back when you scrunch the pouch)
  • Crisp packets and chocolate/sweet wrappers
  • Household appliances that contain metal (white goods, kettles, irons)
  • Kitchen utensils and metal pots and pans
  • Metal containers for chemicals

Where can I recycle household metal?

Metals that can be recycled with regular home collections can be placed in your usual recycling bins.

Some metals that aren’t currently collected by your local council may be able to be collected by third-party collectors, such as TerraCycle.

Recycle Now has a great guide on where and how to recycle most every-day objects.

metals4U sponsorship gears up for Leeds Gryphon Racing FS2020 success.

(Last modified: December 2nd, 2019)

Here at metals4U we are proud to be part of Leeds Gryphon Racing sponsorship for another IMechE Formula Student season. The team is made up from engineering students at The University of Leeds.

This year the team will be led by Zbigniew ‘Ziggy’ Pilichiewicz. Ziggy has already recruited his FS2020 team, organised the sub-team allocation, and is overseeing the R&D on FS20- their car for the Silverstone competition next August. As if that wasn’t enough, the Gryphon team have decided to work on 3 cars simultaneously- the F20, continued development on last year’s F19 with a view to entering it again once the revisions are implemented, and research into a driverless electric car, currently being developed under the working title of ‘F22’ which the team plan to enter in the IMechE Formula Student competition in 2022.

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Lucy Mackie (Head of Class 2) & Zbigniew “Ziggy” Pilichiewicz (Team Leader) at metals4U Head Office in Wetherby.

Earlier this month, Ziggy and Lucy came to our Wetherby Head office to collect the mild steel CDS tubes necessary to start work on their new chassis construction.

The mild steel CDS tubes have already been laser cut by fellow Leeds Gryphon Racing sponsors, StageOne, and are the first stage in the development and improvement on last year’s design; the team expect the welding to be complete and have a rolling chassis by mid-December – with the team moving up 19 places at the Silverstone event last year compared to their 2018 performance, the team really is on track to be placed high up the leader board for this season.

CDS mild steel tube from metals4U

CDS mild steel tube supplied by metals4U

Over the coming months we will be taking a closer look at the team members and the R & D that will be shaping the design and performance decisions, why not follow us on our social channels to keep up to date with our sponsorship progress..

Do you know your periodic table metals?

(Last modified: November 20th, 2019)

We tested the nation to see if they knew their periodic table metals and whether they could match them to the correct symbols, and the results showed that more than a quarter couldn’t get them right.

Only 3% of 2,002 people tested got every question correct, while more than a quarter couldn’t guess a single periodic symbol for a metal.

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People were also stumped by our fake metals, which we hid among the answers.

The fakes included Vibranium, from Marvel’s Black Panther movie, and Carbonadium and Omnium, both from X-Men.

Since so many have been left baffled, we have created a quiz featuring GCSE level questions. Will you fare any better?

 

 

Real or Fake: Seven questions you should ask before buying jewellery.

(Last modified: September 26th, 2019)

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Whether treating yourself or splashing out on a gift for a friend or loved one, buying jewellery can be far from a simple process, especially when there’s a lot of money changing hands.

If you’re making a significant investment in an item, it’s important to guard against being ripped off.

Here are seven questions you should ask yourself before purchasing an expensive piece of jewellery.

 

How much is it? 

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There’s an old saying that suggests if something seems too good to be true then it probably is.

Before you enter a shop to make a purchase, do a little research.

How much are other places charging for the item you’re after? If the price you’re quoted is significantly lower than the figures you’ve seen previously then there should be a reasonable explanation.

The jewellery industry isn’t known for offering huge discounts, so be cautious next time you think you’ve spotted a bargain.

 

Who’s the seller?

These days, all kinds of shops stock jewellery and there’s no hard and fast rule to suggest which types of stockists are reputable and which aren’t.

But it’s worth researching the business before you make a purchase.

How long have they been trading? What do other customers say about them? Do they belong to any official organisations?

Be especially wary of buying jewellery from individuals on social media or online auction websites.

It’s easier to return an item you’re dissatisfied with to a shop or website than to an individual on Facebook, who could very easily disappear without a trace.

If you are buying from somebody online, make sure you check their reviews and always insist on real photographs of the item you’re buying – not stock images or snaps from a catalogue.

 

Can you return it?

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Some shops operate a ‘no returns’ policy and these places are very much best avoided when purchasing expensive jewellery.

Many jewellers offer up to a month for returns, which allows you to change your mind, and gives you time to check the authenticity of anything you buy.

You may find that what you purchased wasn’t what you were expecting, so clarifying with the seller that you are able to bring it back, should you wish, is important.

All good jewellers will offer you the opportunity to return an item.

Can you spot the relevant hallmarks?

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The Hallmarking Act dictates that all jewellery sold in the UK must carry hallmarking symbols that identify it as either gold, silver, palladium or platinum.

Hallmarks verify the metal purity of items and help you better understand the overall quality of what you’re buying.

So, before you head out to buy an item, learn the hallmark that relates to what you want, so you know what to look out for.

Also, be wary of fake hallmarks and pay close attention to fonts, layouts and spelling.

 

What’s the build quality like?

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There are several ways to tell if an item of jewellery is of a low build quality.

Check the links of bracelets and necklaces for pinch points as this is a sign of poor construction. Chain links should be smooth and solid.

All stones in jewellery should be properly mounted, not just glued, though imperfections on the stone itself do not necessarily indicate poor quality.

Gemstones and diamonds are formed naturally, so don’t be alarmed if you spot the odd fleck or narrow angle.

If the stone seems overly smooth, it can sometimes indicate that it’s been created using a mixture of glass and plastic.

 

What paperwork comes with it?

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All jewellery containing diamonds should come with a certificate of authenticity, ratified by a body like the GIA, IGA or EGL.

Be sure to ask for this if it isn’t provided straight away – and if the seller is unable to produce a certificate then it’s probably a sign that something’s amiss.

You should also request information about the manufacturer and enquire about cleaning instructions.

A good jeweller will have this information to hand and the documentation will be of a high quality.

 

Have you consulted somebody you trust?

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If you’re lucky, you may already know and trust the seller, but often you are entering into a significant transaction with somebody you’ve never met, so don’t be afraid to get a second opinion.

Bring along a close friend or relative and get their view on any items you are considering.

As it isn’t their money, they’re in a better position to either provide validation that you’re doing the right thing – or convince you that you need to think again!

 

Can you tell the difference between real and fake jewellery?

Take our visual test: 

 

 

Team HARE 19 take Silverstone by storm.

(Last modified: August 6th, 2019)

The FSUK competition at Silverstone over the weekend of July 19th -21st saw Team HARE-19 achieve their highest results in  20 years of competing in the annual IMechE competition.

Over 80 teams met to compete in the static and dynamic events over the course of the 3-day event.

The results obtained by the team were enough to place them 5th overall in the competition and be awarded 2nd place for the ‘British Team’ award out of over 80 teams that competed!

Team HARE 19’s Silverstone results and accolades.

Team HARE 19, and metals4U, are highly proud of the team achievements from the initial planning, design, and build phase right through to the static and dynamic events at Silverstone.The overall finishing position and points tally are the highest ever recorded by Team HARE since they started their Formula Student journey right back in 1999 which has led them to earn the coveted ‘Breakthrough Award’; this is presented to the team that has shown the highest level of improvement building on the previous year’s results. HARE-19 scored an incredible 604.9 total points this year compared to last year’s 21-point total; this is something they, and we, are immensely proud of.

Scrutineering complete

This year was a monumental undertaking by the team; a complete design overhaul coupled with an entirely new team has made this project the hardest, but most rewarding, project they as individuals have ever undertaken.

Team HARE 19 said they were delighted to have designed a car that is truly competitive against teams that have astronomical resources as their disposal. This bodes well for next year’s team who will refine, improve, and optimise the HARE-19 car and hopefully improve even further.

Getting ready for action!

Although the buzz from the Silverstone event is behind the team, there is no time for a rest just yet- the 2019 Formula Student season continues for Team HARE 19 as they compete at the Autodrom Most track as part of the ‘Formula Student Czech Republic’ events scheduled to take place between the 12th and 17th August. We will of course keep you posted about the team’s performance in Czechia (formally known as the Czech Republic) and hope you will join with us in wishing them all the very best of luck!

The regional trends behind metal theft

(Last modified: August 6th, 2019)

New research conducted by metals4U uncovered some of the key trends and stats relating to the issue of metal theft across England and Wales.

The study showed that 16,552 incidents of metal theft were recorded across England and Wales in 2018, up 25% on the previous year’s figure.

Five sub-regions experienced increases of more than 100%, including Dorset, which has seen metal theft soar by a whopping 287% between 2017 and 2018.

As part of the campaign, metals4U examined the trends behind metal theft on a broader geographical level, while revealing how trends have reversed over the course of the last five years.

The introduction of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act in 2013 enforced a ban on cash sales and required dealers to obtain licences.

This helped bring about a decline in metal thefts, though this has been followed during the last two years by a worrying increase.

Between 2014 and 2015, every region in England saw incidents of metal theft decrease, as well as in Wales, which enjoyed a 45% drop.

That decline continued the following year, with the East of England, London and the South West all seeing drops of more than 50%.

But the pace of improvement slowed significantly between 2016 and 2017 as many of the regions saw their figures start to level out.

While Yorkshire and the Humber saw a drop of 41%, and London enjoyed a decrease of 59%, other regions, like the North East (-4%) and the East of England (-5%), saw the number of recorded incidents stabilise.

Fast-forward 12 months and several regions have seen overall increases for the first time in five years.

The North East (16%), Yorkshire and the Humber (51%), East Midlands (41%), West Midlands (36%), East of England (26%), South East (19%) and South West (69%) all saw rises.

Just three regions saw figures drop between 2017 and 2018 – North West (-3%), Wales (-5%) and London (-21%).

It is these trends that are the basis behind metals4U founder Paul McFadyen’s calls for the government to work harder to enforce the Scrap Metal Dealers Act that had been so effective following its launch.

He said: “The Scrap Metal Dealers Act introduced six years ago did have an immediate impact on tackling the issue, and saw figures plummet, but the recent spike is perhaps a reflection that its effectiveness is diminishing.

“Every year, metal theft causes misery to thousands of individuals, who see vital train services cancelled, and to business owners, whose livelihoods are being threatened by forced closures or expensive repair-work.

“So, we’re calling on the government to allocate more resources to tackling the issue on a regional level, and we’re encouraging members of the public to do their bit by following Network Rail’s advice and reporting all suspicious behaviour.”

 

 

 

 

metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019 – Catch-up with Cameron Lings

(Last modified: July 3rd, 2019)

 

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Cameron with his trophy at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Close up of the metals4U Student Sculptors Competition trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last three years, metals4U have proudly sponsored Brian Fell’s Midsummer Metal Sculpture Course held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd June, Brian’s course was in full swing. Our Student Sculptors Competition 2019 winner, Cameron Lings, was there with other aspiring sculptors as part of his prize.

Cameron’s sculpture titled, ‘Turbine’, caught the attention of the judges to win first prize;

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‘Turbine’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

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‘Turbine’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…but when we met him at the course to award him with his trophy we discovered that Cameron had in fact entered our Student Sculptors Competition in 2018, ‘Impurity’ (pictured below)  was not successful in winning first prize last year…

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‘Impurity’
(c) Cameron Lings 2018

…We are so glad that he entered again as this proves that determination and tenacity can win through if you have the talent.

‘Cell’ (below) is the piece Cameron completed at the Midsummer Sculpture Course;

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‘Cell’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

“The sculpture depicts how engineered objects can house or reserve energy that can hold future potential. Here, energy appears free flowing, yet reserved to its origin within the cube, which is balanced on a segment of a sphere. This directly allows us to witness how an atmosphere and geographical location can be influenced by the introduction of man-made power – to benefit the existence and lifestyles of those around it.  You can also relate this to how human potential can be beckoned from within the ‘average’ person, acting as an idea, thought or creative expression, waiting to be released into the world.” [Cameron Lings, 2019]

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‘Cell’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

We caught up with Cameron to find out more about his journey with his art studies so far, where he would like his career to take him, and asked him to reflect on his experience of winning the prestigious award.

What, or who, first made you interested in art? Where does your inspiration come from?

Art has forever amused me, as I found it was something I could always turn to when I was bored. Drawing, model-making and painting have always been topics I have thrived at. When deciding what I wanted from my career, originally engineering was my go-to option. I hoped it would fill the gap that opened when my studies temporarily stopped in the arts- this wasn’t the case. I soon went to North Lindsey College, Scunthorpe, where my intentions and aspirations changed completely; studying a Foundation in Art and Design and an A-level in English Literature and Language, this set me up for University in Teesside, at the soon-to-be MIMA School of Art.

 A relative of mine has always worked as an Illustrator. This was something my childhood-self initially inspired to be, I was in awe of the idea of drawing and painting for a living – and I still am! However, it wasn’t until I was mid-way through my college studies that I realised illustration just wasn’t for me; instead, I focused on working in 3D, I found that the challenges sculpture offered me were sufficiently more satisfying. It surfaced that sculpture consists of not only structural building, but design and execution, a unique set of challenges that excited me. After meeting and working alongside accomplished sculptor – Ian Randall – I realised I had a long-term target to aim for. I learned that a combination of hard work, determination and skill, would hopefully result in my long-term success within the world of contemporary art. That is what I am aiming for today.

Until you attended Brian Fells’ sculpture course, what was you level of working with metal and what led to an interest in using it within your work?

I have become somewhat familiar in working with metal for around 18 months. Working with the sculptor, Ian Randall, has widened my knowledge vastly around working with metal, wood and stone. I hope in the future I can design and build large scale public works, predominantly using metal as a preferred medium, mainly due to its sustainability.

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Cameron working at Brian Fell’s metal course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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‘Cell’ in progress

 

How would you define your work to date, including your preferred mediums, style, techniques etc?

My work is a vast combination of mediums, styles and themes. I don’t like to narrow down my options, so I aim to always work progressively in several material choices. Ceramics, Woodwork, Metalwork and Plastics are used throughout my practice. Regarding my newer work however, I have tended to explore abstraction and environmental-based works. Previously my works were heavily figurative based, that was work I felt ‘safe’ doing. It is only recently I have further distanced myself from literal examples of imagery, instead I aim to portray human and environmental behaviour through the means of, otherwise unrecognisable, shape and form.

What you did on Brian’s course, what was good, what you wish had have been different, things you learned or perfected, and new ideas or skills you were introduced to?

Regarding the experience, I cannot fault any part of it. The creative freedom it provided me with is something I’ve been craving, and I’m highly grateful for being granted the opportunity. As I’ve mentioned, I have been introduced to metalworking before, however I was still able to pick up pointers and helpful guidance tips from the experts, these will aid me throughout my future. I was also able to learn a lot from the other artists on the course, everyone had their own styles, techniques and aims of what they wanted to achieve; this reflection help put my work into an enlightening perspective.

Where to now? Where do you see your future route taking you- how do you hope your future will shape and develop?

I still have at least another year at University, so there is still time for me to explore and develop through my education. Alongside this, I will still be exhibiting works locally and further across the UK. Regarding my long-term future, I would love to work on public commissions while developing my own practice alongside. I have always been one to aim high – that will not change any time soon; so, it’s a matter of maintaining hard work, to keep learning, growing and developing as an artist. Regardless of what is to come, creating art will always be a part of my life.

Halfway through my second year at University, I had a vast body of varied finished and unfinished works, it was only at this stage I began applying to feature in exhibitions and publications. Before this, I had been featured in only 2 exhibitions in the same amount of years. However, over a 6-month window, my work has appeared in over 20 exhibitions across the UK, alongside several magazine features and award nominations. Winning the metals4U Student Sculptor 2019 Award has been the ‘cherry on the cake,’ crowning a frantic – yet exciting – few months.

I have recently come to realise, opportunities are out there, its just matter of making the most of what is at hand and working hard for a future in the arts – it’s something I’m certainly not giving up on any time soon!

I would encourage everyone in the arts to push their efforts to the limits. At the end of the day, opportunities won’t come knocking at your door, you must go out and make them.

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Cameron receives his metals4U winner’s trophy from Brian Fell.

(left to right- metals4U Managing Director-Paul McFadyen, award winning metal artist- Brian Fell, artist and studio assistant- George Fell, Student Sculptors Competition winner- Cameron Lings, metal sculptor- Owen Cunningham)

Here at metals4U we are very excited to see where Cameron’s creative journey will lead him and we are eager to follow his progress in the successful career we are confident he has ahead of him.

If you would like to see more of Cameron’s work, why not have a look at his Instagram account? 

To read our previous blog showing Cameron’s winning entry to the metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019, click here.

Team Hare Sponsorship- The Leadership Team

(Last modified: July 2nd, 2019)

The Formula Student 2019 season is rapidly approaching its climax with only around three weeks left to go until the Silverstone weekend; Team HARE are busy putting all their efforts into getting HARE-19 completely ready for the finals running from the 19th to the 21st July.

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At this crucial point in the competition, we took some time to catch up with the leadership team to see how they have been dealing with steering the team towards the finish line.

Team Principal- Simon Roberts

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“Over the past academic year, I have had the pleasure of leading a very talented, driven and dedicated team. My focus has been on ensuring the team runs as efficiently as possible as well as representing the team to the public and our wonderful sponsors.

The past 10 months have seen a complete evolution of the HARE vehicle with performance and reliability at the core of all development. The team, as a whole, have worked incredibly hard to complete all work to set deadlines and this has allowed for a good amount of crucially needed testing time. Although a lot of the hard work is done with, these final few weeks leading up to the event are still critical. But we are confident that our time is now and that we will return to top form.

This is truly one of the best teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with and I would like to thank all my teammates for the astounding work they have put in this year.

Thank you also to metals4U and all our sponsors for all their support. We look forward to bringing our all to FSUK 2019. See you There!”

 

Business Manager- Jack Welstead

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“My role as Business Manager involves simulating our Formula Student project as a real-world business, this means considering the cost of production, our required facilities and machinery, workforce, company profitability, customer care, forecasting sales and much more. To get this information across at events, it takes the form of a presentation. This is evaluated by a team of highly experienced engineers where we will be marked against hundreds of other competitors.

My role also involves all social media coverage and sponsor communications, this is very important to ensure the team gives an exciting and stimulating interaction with interested on-lookers.

This year we launched team branding through the 20th Anniversary logo to celebrate the team’s success over the last two decades and the “Our Time is Now”. My aim from the outset of this project has been to make the team look as impressive and professional as possible. I believe I have accomplished this through the large amount of sponsorship gains, new team kit, pit dress, and social media interactions.”

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Project Manager-Michi O’Shea

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“My role involves initiating, planning and reviewing phases throughout the project to design, manufacture, build, then compete with our 2019 car.

Creating and working with a tight budget and timing really allows the creative and innovative side of people to come through, but it does pose challenges at times. This is especially true when trying to manage a detailed timing plan and forecast costs for each team, in addition to hitting targets and remaining competitive.

I am excited to see the hours of hard work put in by the team finally pay off at the competition!”

We wish them all the very best for the rest of their Formula Student 2019 journey… and we can’t wait to see HARE-19 in action and cheer them on from the sidelines next month!