When most people think of wire they usually think of silver or brass colors generally related to wire. You might not know this but wire now comes in many more colors like blue, red or even gold. Although you won’t likely find these colors at most home improvement stores you will find them at craft stores. The colorful wire is available on a spool and was created for jewelry-making. The wire has many other uses, though. It can be easily turned into some beautiful things for your home.
Make a monogram from the colorful wire and you can hang it over the mantle, on a door or in another location at home. Form the wire into the letter or letters you wish. Go back and make a second layer, and a third, twisting each new layer to fit over the previous one. If you need to you can use tiny pieces of wire to hold the monogram layers together.
Coloring books can help you create some pretty interesting wall hangings. Use the simplistic pictures as patterns for the wire art. A picture of a bicycle, for example, can become a unique piece of art for your house. Trace over the bike picture with the wire twisting, turning and bending the wire to fit the image. Make two or three layers of the wire for more dimension.
There are no limits to the designs you can create with colored wire – or ordinary wire. A star shape, a horse shape, a lighthouse – they’re all possible by using ordinary wire to create the design. No matter what type of decor you have the wire images look great on doors, bookcases, dressers, night stands and more.
Make small wire images and affix them to plant pots, picture frames, curtain tie-backs, mirrors, lampshades or wicker baskets. Make huge wire designs and attach them to walls, doors, cabinets, and other large surfaces. You can even attach magnets to the designs and stick them to the fridge or other metal surfaces.
Although any design can be made with ordinary wire it’s fun to work with the colored wire, because you can combine colors to create more vibrant images. Make the main image with one color of wire then add different colors to make the design more interesting.
Colored craft wire comes in various gauges. The gauge of a wire determines how easy or how difficult it is to bend. You’ll want to choose wire that bends easily enough that you need no implements but is stiff enough to hold its shape. The smaller the design you create the more pliable the wire can be. Large designs need stiffer wire.
If the wire designs aren’t placed directly in the weather they can be made for outdoors, too. If you spray clear lacquer onto the wire image it will help prevent rust. The designs look great on fences, fence posts, outdoor potted plants, mailboxes, and even the garage, but eventually they will rust. If you like the rustic look they can remain hanging even after rusting. Plastic-coated wire, sold at home improvement stores, can be used to make outdoor designs that won’t rust. The colors available are limited. Some plastic-coated wiring will not hold its shape like non-coated types.
You’re not limited to specific shapes, numbers and letters. Twist the wire into a tiny circle then go around that circle with another and another. Continue making the flat spiral that can then become a trivet for the kitchen table. The easy trivet will prevent hot pans from ruining your table or tablecloth.
It’s fun to make the wire shapes that can be used in any room of the house. Use the colored wire to wrap plant pots, lamp poles or even drawer pulls. The wire instantly adds color and interest to the area and to the room.