How to Make Metal Mesh for Modeling

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How to Make Metal Mesh for Modeling
An abstract wire shape (abstract wire shape image by drx from

Crafting wire comes in many gauges with the versatility of movement ranging from pliable to firm. This makes it ideal for many arts and crafts projects. Also known as picture or florist's wire, it can be used to make jewellery, aid in costuming and make the framework for a variety of models. A wire frame model is an ideal foundation piece that can be covered with clay, paper mache or fabric.

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Things you need

  • Wire
  • Wire Mesh
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

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  1. 1

    Select your type of wire. Lower gauges are going to be sturdier, but harder to bend and shape. A 22-24 gauge wire is ideal to start with, unless you're using a particularly heavy material to cover your model.

  2. 2

    Unwrap some wire from the spool, using your fingers to bend and shape it into your desired model. Use multiple pieces to add to your structure.

  3. 3

    Make small loops in your wire to thread other wire through. This will keep your model sturdy.

    How to Make Metal Mesh for Modeling
    Wire with loops (Rings image by Towards Ithaca from
  4. 4

    Add wire mesh to the larger gaps between the supports, if needed.

  5. 5

    Cut the wire from the spool with wire cutters once the wire mesh model is complete. Cover with whatever material you choose.

Tips and warnings

  • If your wire isn't sturdy enough, try wrapping two pieces around each other. This will reinforce the strength.
  • Edges of the wire can be sharp. Be careful, and wrap the sharp bits with electrical tape if necessary.
  • Some kinds of wire, such as copper, will melt at higher temperatures. If you intend to bake your model to harden it, make sure your wire won't melt in the oven.

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