Tutorial for How to Create Rave String Art

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Tutorial for How to Create Rave String Art
Ravers bring string art back to life. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Raves are exuberant, techno dance parties with light shows, outrageous art and costumes. Modern raves developed in the late 1980s and early '90s, but stem back to the hippie movement of the 1960s. String art, popularised in the early 1970s, is making its way back into the rave movement. With some black velvet, fluorescent thread and a black light, a glow-in-the-dark art piece can become the focal point for the big rave.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Fluorescent string
  • Black velvet
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Picture frame
  • Tacking nails

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  1. 1

    Pick a pattern or a kit for the piece. A simple way to start is with a basic square where straight lines will create a series of curves called parabolas.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of cardboard into a 12-by-12-inch square. Staple the black velvet to the cardboard for the background. Black velvet brings out the glow of the fluorescent threads when exposed to a black light. Push the nails along the outer perimeter of the square, a half inch apart. Make sure there are identical numbers of nails on each side.

  3. 3

    Begin stringing by tying a fluorescent thread to the top left corner of the piece. Bring the thread to the second nail on the bottom left, and then bring it back up to the second nail down on the left side. Bring the thread back down and around the third nail on the bottom left then up to the third nail down on the left. Repeat this, working down and across until done. Take another coloured thread and start the same procedure in the bottom right corner, working from the top right to left side. Repeat for the last two corners using different coloured threads.

  4. 4

    Take the finished piece and fit it into a frame of choice. Hang the frame at the site of the rave under a black lit wall.

Tips and warnings

  • String art can be done in a three-dimensional medium, as well as a flat surface.

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