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Wire Crafts

Updated on October 23, 2013

Crafts with Wire

Wire crafts can be simple or complex, but crafting with wire is always fun.

Wire comes in all sizes from tiny, thin wire to big fat wire used in fencing. And wire is so versatile. Wire can be used to make beads, jewelry, bookmarks, as the base or frame for sculptures, as a wreath frame, and so much more.

I made these wire women with thin wire, about 24 gauge, and some random beads and a lot of twisting, turning, and bending (of the wire, not me!).

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Standard wire gauge.
Standard wire gauge.

Wire Is Measured by Gauge

Wire is measured by gauge. The cross section or diameter of the wire's thickness is measured. By looking at the holes in the standard wire gauge, you can see the difference in wire sizes.

The thinner the wire, the higher the number:

~ No. 50 gauge wire is the thinnest at 0.001 inch in diameter (that's about 1 mil)

~ No. 7 gauge wire is the largest diameter at 0.50 inch in diameter (500 mils)

Craft wire is generally sold from 12 gauge (very thick) to 32 gauge (extremely thin).

Source: Wikipedia

Image Credit: Pearson Scott Foresman in the public domain

Beaded Earrings

Beaded Earrings
Beaded Earrings

Make Wire Crafts

These links provide patterns and projects for making your own wire crafts. The first link goes to my Etsy page for the Wire Woman with Wild Hair pattern I made. Another project is for wrapping hangers with wire for a decorative look.

Play with Wire

Wire is very pliable, especially thin wire.

Before working with thin craft wire (20 gauge up to 32 gauge), spend time with some paper clips.

Bend them. See how easy it is to manipulate them. Watch them break. Wire will do the same thing.

Know how much you can work with your wire before it is no longer structurally sound and breaks on you.

Practice with Craft Wire

Before spending money on expensive gold-filled

or sterling silver wire, try your project

using craft wire in a similar gauge.

It's good practice, and you'll iron out the kinks before working with the expensive stuff.

Jewelry Tools for Wire Crafts - Roundnose Pliers are Essential

The right tools for wire crafts are shown here: round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, and wire cutters. A jeweler's hammer and steel bench block lets you pound wire till the cows come home!

Check out How to Make a Tin Can Man for instructions on making this guy.
Check out How to Make a Tin Can Man for instructions on making this guy.

Make a Tin Can Man

with Wire, a Tin Can, and Bottle Caps

This project uses wire, but not much of the wire parts of this guy show. But the "bones" of his arms and legs are made of wire.

Check out the instructions for making your own tin can man with just a tin can, some sturdy wire, and bottle caps. Of course, it's fun to add embellishments like a toe ring (a washer) and other doo dads as you see fit.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Dazzling Dragonfly -- Wire, Beads, and Little Hands

Dazzling Dragonfly -- Wire, Beads, and Little Hands
Dazzling Dragonfly -- Wire, Beads, and Little Hands
Wire figure.
Wire figure.

Make Wire Figures

for Greeting Cards or Art

I love the display of wire figures at SaiFou. A teddy bear, elephant, dove with olive branch, and a witch are just a few of the super cute projects shown.

A simple wire image like this guy shown here is added to a simple plain greeting card. A piece of colored paper is placed strategically to enhance an area of the wire figure, like a green piece of paper for the head, for example.

With some wire, a pair of flat nose and round nose pliers, and a little practice, you'll be able to dress up your cards and add dimension with wire figures.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

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Will you try some of these wire crafts?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Also, your intro figures just made me smile twice....on the way in and on the way out....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That wire figure of yours has a gray visual impact...how simply cool. I do enjoy working with wire and have done a quite a bit of it in the past but its been too long again....wish I had another set of hands but then both keyboards would be going rather than crafting....another well done DIY!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love the wire tea light holders. I used to strip old electric cords and get the copper wire and then weave miniature baskets during lunch break. Wish I would have kept some of them now. I got the idea after seeing some basket weavers in action. I enjoyed your lens - blessed

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Nice lens ! Very useful ! Thanks for sharing.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Yeah! I totally forgot about wire craft from back in the day, thanks for refreshing and reminding me about wire crafts. Beautiful and wonderful lens.

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      Caromite 5 years ago

      Your wire crafts looks very interesting, perhaps I will try it out.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I'd really like to try it!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      The hair does it for me! Weird and wild and wire......a winner in my book! Congrats on your pattern!!! :)

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      This is VERY tempting. Have to get a few other projects off my plate before I start anything else, but oh yes, I could get into this!