Sunday, 19 April 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.


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

  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.

  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.


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

  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. (or Thanks so much for sharing!

  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.

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

  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

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


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