|By Chris / CS Designs|
Some of you have noticed and asked about the hand made wire scrolls I use in some of my pieces. They are easy to make, add air of elegance and do not take alot of materials to create. I use I use wire around the 20 gauge which I have purchased in stores like Wall-mart, beading stores and even Michale's, but sometimes you can also find wire in hardware and pluming type stores.
|Several Wire Elements:|
|Wire in Art|
The Altered Sardine Can is one of my older pieces but I have included it here so you can see how just how much drams these kinds of elements can add to any piece.
They make great accents for paper crafts, or altered art which include shadow boxes, shrines or assemblage art. The possibilities are endless and all it takes a little time and practice. Your pieces do not have to be complex in order to look fantastic, a simple coil all by itself is more than enough to add a little beauty and uniqueness to a project. For the coils, you just start by pincing the end of a wire between the prongs of the cone shaped plyers and roll. After that you just keep rolling until you get the size you need. If you really enjoy this craft you can go all out and by books with patterns and examples or even join art communities for jewelry makers. If you just want to dabble, there are lots of examples for shapes all over the web for you to look at. If you have a good eye it is easy to tell how the wire wrappes around to make the shape. You can also draw your own shapes on a piece of paper and follow your own patterns.