I told you I have been deep in Christmas crafts this year! I had this brilliant idea (well, I think so) to make a very special Christmas tree that I will be showing you soon. I made a Family Tree basically, but it is much more than that. Something about the lights on a Christmas tree makes me feel so buoyant and cheerful. But that brings me to today’s super easy project. If you remember my Dream Wall Art, I made words with wire for an inexpensive wall art. I did a similar project on a much smaller scale with every single person’s name in my family.
For this project, you only need two supplies, 16 gauge dead soft wire and Jewelry 3 in 1 pliers. With the wire, you want something that is pliable but not super, super soft. I did notice a difference in softness between brands. What you are looking for is a wire that is easily bent with your fingers but resilient enough that once you make the word it won’t be easily bent out of shape.
Print off a cursive font you like in about the size you want. I used Sacramento, but others that will work include Brannboll Fret, Bickham Script, and HaloHandLetter. The font is only a guide to help keep the letters all the same size and straight. As you can see above, mine ended up being a bit bigger than the printed writing.
You can easily bend most of the curves with your hands, but there are two places I used a pair of 3-in-1 pliers. For very tight curves like “r”, “s”, and “e”, I used the round tips to create small loops more easily than with my hands.
Also, in areas where the wire must bend back on itself, I used the flat inside part of the pliers to crimp think together. Think of the letters “a”, “m”, and “n” as a few examples.
Each name only took a maybe 10 or 15 minutes and I got to catch up on my favorite shows while I worked on them.
There are lots of uses for these really. You could use them for tags for presents, ornaments, frame them in some wall art, or whatever you imagination can cook up. What would you use them for?
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