Have you ever dabbled with wire art? I remember way back when in art class making little birds and sculptures from bits of wire that the telephone company had donated to the school. So when the ladies from the Int’l Bloggers Club (IBC) decided that this month’s challenge would be “wire,” I thought I’d see if I still had the knack and share some wire art tips with you too.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

Did you know that wire art dates back to 3000 BC? Egyptians made the most amazing sculptures and woven jewelry, and in the early 20th century, many artists took the concept to a whole new level. Wire is such a lovely and forgiving medium to work with. We have a stockpile of the stuff that we use to sculpt the tree of life and wire dress wall art. Depending on the gauge or thickness of the wire, it’s really easy to shape too. You can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave, and even crochet with it.

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Okay so let’s get to those 7 quick tips for making your own wire art. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram, and don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

7 Quick Tips for Making Wire Art

Tip #1 – Find an Interesting Picture

Before you start, you’ll need some reference images. Pick interesting pictures that have a recognizable form – silhouettes and line drawings are an excellent place to start. You can even turn your favorite word into wire art or try making a small spider web. A rough sketch or doodle works too.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art, with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

You’re welcome to right-click on Mozart and download him to practice your wire art. Something like a brick or a ball is not going to cut it though. Your wire art will end up looking like, …….. well a round circle or a big old, boring rectangle 😀

Tip #2 – Get into the Mood

I need to get into the right mood before I create something. Put on some music, get a cup of your favorite brew, and get comfy. Well as comfy as you can because you need to put some of those super sexy, protective eyeglasses on. Warning – ridiculous reality shot coming up.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art, with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

LOL, thank goodness I brushed my hair before putting that hat on. Not the prettiest look, but trust me that wire will jump all over the place 😀

Tip #3 – Wire Buying Wisdom

The best and cheapest wire can be found in a hardware store. They usually have a huge selection of galvanized, copper, brass, and aluminum wires to choose from. Baling wire is really cheap, but it may leave an oily residue on your hands. So be warned 😀 Keep some wet wipes nearby. Craft stores normally sell jewelry wire in lots of pretty colors, but it’s more expensive. Another alternative is to use florist wire, which you can find in most chain stores.

Tip #4 – Gauging Your Wire

A wire is measured in a thing called a “gauge.” The higher the gauge, the thinner and easier the wire is to bend. It sounds kinda back to front, right?!! It confused me terribly when I first started, but there’s a perfectly simple explanation. A gauge measures the diameter of the wire in a fraction of an inch. So an 8 gauge wire has a diameter of 1/8″, and a 20 gauge wire is 1/20″. Somewhere along the line, they drop “1/” bit. To make things a little easier I put together a basic wire gauge cheat sheet.

Basic wire cheat sheet in mm and inches to help you figure out what wire is best for your wire art. #WireArt @Acraftymix

When it comes to wire art, it’s easiest to use something between a 12 and 20 gauge. The 12 gauge is the most difficult to bend with your hands though, and you may need some pliers.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art, with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

Tip #5 – Sticky Tape is Your Best Friend

Seriously, that wire will jump all over the place, ALL THE TIME!! When you start, stick your wire down. As you follow the form and lay the wire down over your picture, stick it down. When you’ve bent that wire in just the right way, stick it down. If you’ve made the cutest little curly, whirly bit, stick it down. Okay, you get the point 😀 Sticky tape won’t just make it easier to create and keep a form, it will stop that pesky wire from jumping around and poking you in the face. Nuf said.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

Tip #6 – Handy Wire Art Tools

Most of the time, I use my hands to sculpt and form the wire, but pliers come in handy too. Especially if you want to make a sharp bend. They’re also great for joining and twisting two pieces together. Oh, and you’ll also need wire cutters. Mom’s sewing scissors just won’t cut it 😀 Okay Mom’s scissors will cut the wire if it’s soft enough, but she may never talk to you again, so it’s probably safer to use the right tool for the job.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art, with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

Tip #7 – Let Your Hands Do the Talking

If you’re in the right mood, your hands will almost take on a life of their own. You’ll twist and braid and loop and turn the wire, and before you even realize it, you’ve created a form. Trust me on this one. Let your fingers do their thing and just have fun. Don’t forget those safety glasses and don’t poke your eye out.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art, with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

Bonus Tip – Displaying Your Wire Art

There are so many different ways you can show off your work. Suspend the wire art inside a frame as I did with Mozart, hang it from a mobile or inside a bicycle wheel, or use a block of wood or a stone as a base. Anything goes! For this Mozart inspired wire art, I choose to make a very basic, thick frame from pallets.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art, with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

And just in case no-one recognizes Mozart, I mod podged a music sheet on to the back 😉

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art, with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

The wire art portrait was suspended by drilling a small hole on either side of the frame and gluing that wiry Mozart inside.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

By suspending the Mozart it adds a whole other dimension to the wire art. I love the shadow play in the background when the candlelight bounces off the portrait.

7 Quick Tips for creating wire art, with photos. Have you ever dabbled with wire art? It dates back to 3000 BC and it's such an amazing medium to work with. Easy to shape and you can twist, wrap, braid, coil, weave and even crochet with it. #DIYHomeDecor #arttutorial #wireart

I do hope you found the wire art tips useful and if there’s anything you’re still not sure about, please let me know in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer you.

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Pssst; if you want to try your hand at some other wire art projects, here’s a few to get you started:

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Anyways I do hope you have an amazing week filled with lots of love, creativity, and good music. And please don’t forget to see what my international friends have done with this month’s wire challenge.

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