Suji Wire Art: a project for kids and adults
Are you looking for a fun and - well almost simple craft?
Here is a great craft idea for you and your friends....or your kids or anyone. You can do it at home on a rainy day, with your grade school kids, at the library or the senior center.
All you need is some wire - any wire will do.
This craft takes a few steps, but is a lot of fun.
I'll try and make it as simple as possible.
Some figures you can make - get creative!
What you need - Supplies!
2 pieces of 18 inch (craft or telephone) wire
1 piece of 12 inch wire
1 piece of 6 inch wire
Glue - optional
Cardboard cutout (for base)
Things you will need.
Fold the 12 inch wire into fourths - so it resembles the letter W
Make Your W
Step 2 - Make your skeleton
Take the wires that are pointing up - the outsides of the "W" and bend them down. These are your arms
Take the wires that are at the bottom of the "W" and bend them out. These will be your legs.
Make your body
Step 3 - creating the upper body
Take one of the 18 inch wires and fold in (almost) half. Keep one end a little longer (about an inch or two) than the other. (See Figure)
Start Wrapping Up
Step 4 - the body and arms
Take the shorter wire first and wrap it up towards the "head". You should go about seven times (think 7 Up) maybe more or less depending upon the size.
As soon as you get close to the neck, start wrapping the "arm".
You may have to press your wrapped wire towards the body to tighten things.
See image for help
Step 5 - the body and other arm
Now you are going to take the longer wire and wrap it up the body 7 times (7 Up) or how many you feel you need to in order to give the man (or woman - hint hint) some weight.
Then wrap it along the other arm as you did previously.
Repeat with the other arm
A small note of caution
Make sure you wrap the body properly with both wires.
If you only wrap the body once, and neglect to wrap the longer wire up, it may appear as if the figure has a tube coming up it's stomach.
Also, if you want a heavier figure, take some extra wire and wrap it later. Right now, just finish the basic model.
Step 6 - the bottom and legs
You are going to want to repeat a similar process.
Take the last piece of 18 inch wire and fold it in half with one end a little longer than the other.
Start wrapping the lower body. For this part, wrap it five times maybe downward and then start on one of the legs.
Repeat the process with the other leg.
A Little Hint: Use Different Colored Wire for Greater Effect!!!
Use different color wire to create uniforms, funky clothing or outfits.
I only used two different colored wires in my sample, but you can use more - in fact it is recommended.
Fold the other 18 inch wire in half - the same way
Step 6 Continued
Wrap the legs the same way - one leg at a time.
You should start to see your figure taking shape.
You may want to add your own shoes later one when you become good at this.
Right now, just move down each leg with the wrapped wire. You may have to pull the coils up as you wrap to tighten everything.
Step 7 - The Head
Take the smaller six inch wire you have left and wrap it around the top of the figure to make the head.
Now you are finished
You should have a figure that looks somewhat like a person. You can now set this character up into a variety of chosen scenarios.
Strike some poses
You can create a scuba diver...a family...someone walking a dog.
Integrate this with other crafts and create a scene.
Make great X-mas ornaments.
Check back for more samples I've created in the future.
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