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How to Make Wire Wall Art Words
PostedbySuper UseronThursday, 07 August 2014in Realtors Real Estate Sales BlogFont size:LargerSmaller
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Sprucing up your home can be fun, easy, and (dare I say it) even affordable. Decorating your walls with word art has increased in popularity over the past few years and, lucky for you, it’s super easy to do yourself! Here’s a quick project you could try one afternoon.
What You Need:
Wire (coated or not, any thickness you’d like – we recommend 12 gauge wire)
Long nose pliers
Wire Cutters (sometimes found on pliers)
What You Might Want:
Your chosen word printed in the correct size and font (a cursive font works best)
Fabric glue and Ribbon/yarn/material strips (if you want to cover the wire)
Spray paint (if you’d prefer to coat the word in paint)
Small nails and a hammer (if you want to hang it up)
As you uncoil the wire, straighten it by simply guiding it firmly through your hand. Gloves can make the process easier on your hands, and maybe even result in a smoother appearance in the lettering.
If you have a print of your chosen word, you can begin bending the wire using the print as a guide. If you’ve decided to work without a print for reference, then simply ‘freehanding’ it will probably do the trick, although planning it will make your life a lot easier.
If you’d like the lettering to be covered by ribbon, yarn, or material strips, apply some fabric glue to the starting point of the wire, and tightly wrap some material around the glued point. Once the glue has dried, it should hold the material in place. Continue wrapping the material in a dense spiral around the wire, bending the wire into letters as you go. If you feel the material needs reinforcement to hold it in place, just reinforce it with another application of glue.
To achieve sharp bends, it’s easiest to bend the wire with pliers. The pliers also let you flatten a bend to achieve a straight line with a point (instead of a loop).
If you want smooth bends, it helps to place a cloth over the wire as it stops the pliers from leaving divots, and (if you aren’t already wearing gloves) allows your fingers to glide easily over the wire as you manipulate it.
Once you’ve completed all the letters, your word should be almost ready for display. Decide where the last letter ends, and cut off the excess wire. If you didn’t get your hands on colour-coated wire, or you decided not to cover it in material, you can of course spray paint it. Now would be the time to do so.
With your completed masterpiece in hand, all that’s left is deciding where it goes. You could prop it up against the wall on top of a mantelpiece, or you could hang it up with inconspicuous nails to give it that ‘floating’ effect.
Photo credits to www.brit.co
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