Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wire Words.....??

Yep, that's right....Wire Words.....While browsing on pinterest last week, I found a few super cool images.....

First of all, I love art made of words, and second I love art with textures!!   I don't think these look toooo intimidating...so let's give it a whirl.....I am going to attempt our last name wrapped with twine!!...here we go!!

Supplies:  Wire, twine, scissors

(You can choose what size (thickness) wire you work with.  I used a thin wire so it was easily moldable….you could use a thick wire, however you may need strong pliers to help create your curves.)

Step One:  Figure out what word you will create…and in my case, do a little sketch so you have a visual…..I decided to do our last name… “The Cummings”  Please Note….If you have two words you need to make sure they link together! 

Step Two: (this was just an experiment)  I wanted to see how easily I could mold the letters.  So I unwrapped a good bit of wire and started creating my words…..

(you can see the letters are pretty loose looking...kinda whimsical!  This is just to get an idea of where we are headed!)

Step Three:  Because it would be very difficult to wrap your twine around already sculpted letters, I have chosen a much easier route…..you can either unwrap the letters you just made or, you can start with new wire….(I started with new wire) Estimate how much wire you may need to make your letters.  It’s okay if you don’t pull out enough to start with, you can always add more!   Start wrapping your wire with the twine...wrap and wrap and wrap….Because my wire was very thin, I had to wrap more twine around it to get the thickness I wanted! 

Step Four:  When you are finished wrapping , you will be left with a very long length of twine wrapped wire!
(notice how some areas are wrapped thicker and looser than others.  This will add some interest to the art!)

Step Five:  Use your newly wrapped wire to create your words.  Since I used the very thin wire, my words were easily moldable.  I could work with each letter, bending them, or curving them to get the exact look I wanted.  (if you start creating your words and you realize you are short on wire that’s okay.  Just grab more wire….twist the ends together to extend your length, continue wrapping it with twine, then finish spelling your words.

Step Six: Locate the letters that need a little adjustment. You may have a few letters that look really loose, or just don’t connect the way you were thinking….For example, see my “h”… since I had to make several loops to create the “h”, the wire doesn’t lay exactly how I wanted….(see below)

Step Seven:  This is easily fixable…. Take a tiny piece of twine and tie your letters down.  Whatever pieces you want to lay flat on top of each other…just tie them together. (does that make sense)  See my new “h” below….

Step Eight:  Now that you have finished your wire art, you need to find a place to display it!  Honestly, I had no idea where I wanted to hang this!  I just walked around the house until I found a spot that could use this super cute personal detail….and I landed in the kitchen!.....I hung this piece of beauty  on the wall under our cabinets!  I feel like it adds a little something to this blank space on the wall!!

Now....If you wanted to get really creative with your wire words you could do something like this!!.....

Let's see what you can come up with!!  

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  1. thanks for the awesome idea.I've used twine in my scrapbook pages and I taught a class on wire letters bur I've never combined the two. You can bet I will be soon thouch!

  2. i am so making this when i am 2 handed again!

  3. I am pinning this to my Pinterest board! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. That is so cool! I love all the different things you can do with this technique! I highlighted this at somedaycrafts.blogpsot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

  5. That is such a cute idea. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog! Do you sew? You should totally make one of those dresses for your little girl. The pattern was insanely easy to follow. Thanks for stopping by, leaving a comment, & following! I really do appreciate.


  6. Hi Katy!...I am just learning to sew!! So the easier the better!! :) Your project looked pretty simple though! I may attempt it! :)

  7. oh my goodness! I love this! This is so perfect! I have had such a fun time exploring your blog! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  8. Wow! I love this idea!
    I keep reading about Pinterest. I've been resisting... can't hold off much longer...
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!

  9. Loved this...thanks for the tutorial! <3

  10. I love this idea, I love being able to make it cheaper than buying it in the store even better, you did a great job with this tutorial and it looks fab! Thanks for stopping over by The Tinos.
    Have a great 4th of july!

  11. Awesome! I love the texture of the wrapped twine.

  12. Oh how happy I am that I saw this at Serenity Now! I've been wanting to do something like this but just couldn't quite figure out how I wanted to do it. This is great - you have inspired me. I have a weathered old piece of wood to put this on. Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. This is such a cute idea! I love it!

  14. What a clever idea! So cute! Thanks for stopping by my page.
    PS. Your daughter's eyes are GORGEOUS! But I'm sure she gets that a lot. ;)

  15. I have all the supplies for this as well!! Love how yours turned out and will be trying this for our little family! THANKS for sharing!!

  16. I started this today, (started but not finished because I have an 11 month old) I'm wondering how you secured your twine at the very end. Thanks for the idea!

  17. Hi Ashley!! i know exactly how it is trying to craft with a baby around!! I can only get things done around naptime!! To tie it off at the end, I simply tied the twine in a knot then used a dab of glue to secure the knot on the back side of the words! I hope this helps!!

  18. Hi, friend! Happy 4th of July! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  19. The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation. Thank you!

  20. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing. :)

  21. that is awesome! i have done wire words in scrapbooking before with thin wire, never thought to use it to decorate.
    thanks for the great idea!


  22. That is totally awesome! I think my house needs some words to decorate its walls. Thanks for posting this.

  23. You find the perfect spot for it! Come and share this with WorkShop Wednesday. It would make a great addition to the party!

  24. Great ideas! I tried this but my "Lucas" came out looking more like Lucos - mind you after three attempts. Just goes to show that some people are really craft challenged. :)

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