The 7th graders recently finished a metal-working project. Learning about radial symmetry and the history behind mandalas in different cultures, the students created designs for their own. Using a wooden stylus, the 7th graders worked the metal from front and back for a 3D relief effect. This repoussé method was often used in ancient shields and today in jewelry. Some students chose to leave their mandalas shiny, while others opted to antique theirs for an older, worn look.