Sunday, April 19, 2009

String Art in Wire

The last few days, on one of the groups I belong to, saw a lively discussion about Peruvian Thread Earrings. Looking at pictures they reminded me of string art which was quite popular in the late 70s - early 80s. But that was done in nails. Yikes. no good for jewellery. 
Through a link provided I found Ganutell, an ancient art from Malta which is identical to the Peruvian Thread Art which again is identical to the string art of 30 years ago. I am sure that further research will bring up more sources.
When string art was popular I made loads of pictures to adorn my wall and even taught it to anyone interested, but this was a challenge to me! I felt that thread in jewellery might fade or disintegrate too quickly, so I wanted to use wire. My first attempt was made with 28g wire for the wrapping which became very bulky. Then I tried 30g wire which works beautifully.
The picture of this attempt is above. Now it remains to figure out layering of different colours and patterns. More will come for sure.

9 comments:

  1. The color glows with the heavily overlapped center - I like the teal and bronze together. Look forward to more color combos.

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  2. I followed this thread also, but never had the time to even think about trying it. I cant wait to see what you come up with though, some of the examples of this work is just stunning.

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  3. Love what you have done with this. I was following the thread on wwj and I must say I love the wire better. I love the thread, but am afraid it wouldn't hold up.

    Jeanne

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  4. Oh my gosh, are you kidding, that is awesome! Not only is the technique really cool, the colors are perfect!!

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  5. Hello again! It's Lisa C from abeadaday. I would LOVE to show these on my blog on Friday if you would be willing to allow that. Please let me know what you think. www.abeadaday.blogspot.com (or blcrone123@sbcglobal.net). Thanks so much for sharing!

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  6. These are fabulous! Such a marvelous idea. Your work is so inventive and inspiring. Kudos to you for taking such a bold step in your work.

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  7. Thank you all for your positive comments, my head starts swelling!!!
    Lisa, you are welcome to post it on your blog.

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  8. Is there ANYTHING you can't do......I love these earrings. Been watching posts on the WWJ about the peruvian thread earrings. Great job! Anita

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  9. Beautful , are you going to make tutorials for the string art? would love it.

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