Wire & Copper Art - Wire Hoop Suncatcher and Stake

klynnnn(z8 SC USA)January 1, 2013


Image by: CMWren
Wire Art - Hoops

Wire & Copper Art - Wire Hoop Garden Stake and Hanger

Member CMWren shares more of her TIPS, and her wire art using metal craft hoops (shown in picture):

~You can make wonderful hooks for holding potted plants with heavy copper wire. Turn a coil on a large dowel (broom handle or closet pole) out of a piece of wire a foot or so long, add some kinks & curves, curl a "hook" on each end, try to keep the entire piece linear. Really large marbles (1.5-2+ inches) look good wrapped into the coil. Different finished lengths (4", 6", 8", etc.) will allow you to mix and match the pieces to hang a plant at "just the right" height.

~Varnish craft hoops (with spar varnish - a marine grade, "weatherproof" sealer) and allow to dry thoroughly before wrapping them with copper wire if you want them to stay shiny. They can not be polished back to their original color and shine. Leave them bare to weather on their own if you like the rusted look.

~Also, some people spray on a solution (unknown concentration) of Miracle Grow plant food to get instant verdigris on copper.

And last, but certainly not least: Be forewarned: working with copper wire is addictive. And you will start getting funny looks at the hardware store until you show folks what you are doing. Then they will be jealous that they didn't think of it first.

Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Mable Covered Bowling Ball
Materials Needed: Old Bowling Ball 650 Half Marbles...
MrsPackRat
Copper Pipe Garden Structure Sites
Here is a list of copper pipe ideas and information Simple...
MrsPackRat
Butterfly Feeder
Materials Needed: Decorative Saucer (found at local...
MrsPackRat
Swag Lamp Birdfeeder - The Incredible Lightness of Feeding
Image by: Nigella The Incredible Lightness of Feeding The...
klynnnn
Wind Spirals
tin can spirals Wind Spirals: Materials needed: Any...
littlechloe
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™