Wire art – quick and cheap DIY
Time to get creative!
Wire art looks great, it’s easy to make and the supplies are very cheap. It’s a technique which gives a pinch of vintage to glass ware or pottery. Originally it was an old craft of men who travelled from place to place, offering handmade wire goods and used wires to repair various tools the same way you’d repair textiles with needle and thread. The wire also seems to do it’s magic when things get thrown on the floor by a toddler which I’m sure many mums will be pleased to know lol!
If you have a glass piece, vase or a mug in your home which you’d like to bring back to life, this may be the perfect option! I chose a glass karafa which I love to use all year around for serving refreshing fruit drinks, cool water or even wine, and I’ll show you two simple ways of decorating it with a thin wire.
What you’ll need?
- a glass karafa or anything you wish to decorate from glassware to pottery to old pots
- thin wire (available in most craft or paper shops. choose a thin one which is much easier to work with. there are also different colours from silver to copper, I chose a green shade from local flower shop)
Begin by cutting a 1m long piece of wire, if it’s twisting you’ll need to straighten it with your fingers for easier manipulation later on. First step is creating the initial big loop just like drawn in instruction 1 bellow. Then use the other end of the wire and create a second loop the same way you’d do a whip stitch on instruction number 2. Continue all around the first big loop until you complete a row and then continue on the edges. When your wire finishes you can connect it as shown in step 4 by twisting the rest of your old and the beginning of your new wire together.
If you’re also decorating a karafa, continue the loops until you create a bowl approx. 10cm wide, press it onto the bottom of your karafa and wrap it as far as it goes down the sides. After you do this the rest of decorating happens on the actual item. This is to copy it’s shape as tightly as possible. You may need to do this sooner or later, depending on the item you picked.
About half way up the karafa I changed the decorating style from a loop to square. If you don’t want to continue the loop technique you can change by finishing the last wire about half way up the karafa and then connecting several separate wires to start creating squares.
Cut four 1m long wires, bend them in half and connect them at the bending to your last row of loops as shown in step 3, equal distances from each other. Take wires that are next to each other and twist them together three or four times, depending on the design you want to create. Continue this all the way up, rotating from left to right. At the end you should have a karafa like the one I’ve created.
I hope you enjoyed this craft! Any questions or comments welcome. xx