Happy Monday Buttoneers! Did you have a fabulous weekend?
Over the weekend I was thinking of sprucing up our bathroom wall with a bit of handmade art, but was conscious that the steam and warmth may ruin anything I might sew or paint etc.
Then, as if she was in my head, my sister pinned a ‘wire script sculpture’ on pinterest
from the beautiful, and ever so ‘design minded’ Anthropologie. Unfortunately this item is from a back catalogue of seasons past and you can no longer buy it in store (and was a little pricey for my liking) However…this sparked my inspiration…Why not have a go at making it myself! It would be more personal by writing in wire with my own handwriting style and I can make it the size I required.
This was harder than I expected it to be. After at least an hour of fighting with the unruly wire and at least half a dozen scratches up my arm/leg/chest/forehead I got better at it. I learned that writing the word out first was a good idea so I could follow the curves and arches of the lettering.
I then used my pliers to help bend the wire around and into place…
..and a pencil to wrap the wire around to keep a lovely curve.
What I really loved about it was the shadow that the wire formed, as if it were art in its own right.
It took a lot of trial and error, but I finally figured out how to put it up on the wall. My only relatively easy option was to frame it mounted on white card. I poked the wire ends through the cut-to-size card and bent it back on itself to secure it behind the scenes. I bent the visible wire, before the lettering started, at a right angle to hold it off the page slightly to keep the delightful shadow art too.
I love it, a lot. I hung it up on the bathroom wall and it fills the space beautifully, has a personal touch and reminds my Fiancé and I of our France adventures and our joint love of all things French.
(Please ignore any dust you may encounter in this photograph!)
I also had a go at some more words (this wire sculpting is quite addictive and satisfying when you get going!)
I definitely prefer the ‘Bonjour’ for our bathroom (surprise surprise) but the ‘Hello There’ was fun to make and quite a challenge with the ‘T’ and the ‘R’ when followed by another letter. I also prefer the wire colour of ‘Bonjour’ to the copper ‘Hello There’ too.
What word would you sculpt in your own wire script? Do you think you will have a go at making your own? I would love to hear all about it!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!