Art projects you can create with copper wire may be a canvas decorated with colourful abstract formations or 3-D shapes. You can also create art for your garden by shaping copper wire into dragonflies, hummingbirds or flowers. Embellish the wire shapes with crystal prisms and glass beads before placing them in your garden. Hang the birds or insects from tree branches and stake the flowers with copper tubing or a small shepherd's hook to add whimsy to your landscape.
Select or create a five-petal flower template the desired size of the wire art you plan to make for your garden. Look in colouring books, online or at your local craft store for a template that you like. Any object with a distinctive outline will work for your wire art project.
Trace the outline of one petal onto a wooden block. Trace the centre circle of the flower onto the wooden block. You will only need one petal outline which you can use to make five separate petals.
Hammer finishing nails into the wood along each of the outlines. Insert the nails about 1/4-inch into the wood, every 1-inch along the outline. Make sure that you place a nail wherever the petal curves or dips so that your wire shape will be true to the image.
Measure the outside circumference of your circle. Cut a section of wire 1 inch longer than the measurement. Wrap the wire around the outside of the nails on your circle jig. Twist the excess wire onto the circle wire to make the closure.
Measure the outside perimeter of the petal. Cut five sections of wire 1 inch longer than the perimeter measurement. Create five petals by shaping the wire around the outside of the petal jig, beginning and ending with 1/2-inch of excess wire. You will use the excess to wrap around the circle when you put the flower together.
Thread beads over one wire petal to cover the rounded top of the petal. Hold a second petal next to the first and thread beads over both of the wire sides to join the petals together. Thread the beads up to 1/2-inch from the end of the wires. Make a hook in the wires with round nose pliers and attach the joined beaded wires to the circle wire. Close the hook to keep the petal in place.
Thread beads over the side of the second petal to cover the rounded top of the petal. Hold a third petal next to the second and thread beads over both wires to join the petals together. Continue to thread beads and join the petals until your five petal flower is completely beaded and connected to the circle. The last petal will meet and join with the first petal.
Cut a 3-foot length of soft copper tubing to make a stand for your wire flower. Bend one end of the tubing to form a U shape. Begin the U shape 4 inches from the end.
Drill two 1/8-inch holes 3-inches from the U tip. Place the holes so they are vertical and separated by 1/4-inch. Cut a 4-inch strip of 24-gauge copper wire and thread one end through one hole.
Connect the flower to the copper stand by wrapping the 24-gauge wire around any section of the circle wire, and then threading the 24-gauge wire through the second hole. Twist the 24-gauge wire firmly together at the back of the copper tubing.
Things you need
- 5-petal flower template
- Wood block
- Finishing nails
- 20-gauge copper wire
- Wire cutters
- Crystal beads
- Round nose pliers
- Copper tubing
- Pipe cutters
- 1/8-inch drill bit
- 24-gauge copper wire