Make a silver-coated copper wire tree in the shape of an upside down cone. The cone shape is very similar to an upside down tomato cage. The cone frame is made from an 8 to 10-gauge copper wire. The filler wire to use between the cone frame runs between a 14 to 22-gauge copper wires. A 22-gauge copper wire is smaller than a 14 gauge and easier to manipulate. The gauge of the wire will determine the ease of constructing the tree.
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Things you need
- 10 1/2 feet, 10-gauge copper wire
- 1 spool, 18-gauge cooper wire
- Wire cutters
- 18-inch ruler
- Silver metallic spray paint
Measure and cut seven pieces of 10 gauge copper wire 18-inches long.
Lay the cut 10-gauge wire in a bundle so all of the ends are even. Wrap 18-gauge copper wire around one end of the copper wire to hold it together. This wire will be removed once the frame is secured.
Make a tee-pee from the copper wire bundle. Place the secured end at the top and spread the wire on the bottom so the bundle stands freely on a flat stable surface such as a tabletop. Spread the legs at the bottom of the bundle so they make an approximately 12-inch circle.
Cut a piece of 18-gauge copper wire 12-inches long. Begin securing the copper frame together approximately 2-inches from the top of the tee-pee. Wrap the end of the 18-gauge wire around one of the legs. Begin at the front of the wire leg. Wrap the wire around the leg twice then move to the next leg. Do one complete wrap around the leg and move to the next leg. Repeat the process around the seven legs. Re-wrap the first leg twice to secure the tee-pee legs together. Cut off excess wire.
Cut a piece of 18-gauge wire 18-inches long. Move down the framework approximately 4-inches. Repeat the process of securing the frame together.
Complete two more rounds in securing the frame together. Place a wire approximately 6-inches from the last and around the very bottom of the tee-pee frame. Always start the wrap with a double wrap of copper wire around the first leg.
Fill in between the securing wire by using the E-wrap process. Cut a length of 18-gauge copper wire 36-inches long. Select a leg at the bottom edge to begin. It does not matter which leg is used. Double wrap the wire around the leg. Start the wire at the front of the leg and wrap twice. Pull the wire toward the next leg. Wrap from the front to the back. Cross over the front of the leg and move to the next leg. Repeat the process until the wire is used. Cut another 36-inch length of wire and repeat. Continue using the same process to fill in the entire tree with copper wire.
Turn the completed tree upside down. Spray the inside of the tree with a solid coating of silver metallic spray paint. Allow the paint to dry for ten minutes.
Sit the copper wire tree on a flat surface. Spray paint the outside of the tree with silver metallic spray paint. Move around the tree to ensure complete coverage. Allow to dry for ten minutes. Repeat the spraying process to achieve a solid colour.