I've been fiddling with cable ties for a few years now. I mainly work them into neckpieces, so for this Instructable, I'm using the cable tie mesh as a statement neckpiece.
Step 1: Cutting the Mesh Backing
When getting the mesh, just make sure that the width of the cable tie fits comfortable through. The diagonal crisscross pattern works especially well with the concept. Meshes with a square grid pattern might work, but I think they'll look a little dead.
Here, I've settled on a chevron shape, so I marked it out with a marker and cut out with a cutter. Scissors would cut through this easily, I just like to be a little OCD with my edges.
Step 2: Finishing on Mesh
I'm using black cable ties for this project, so I have a strong compulsion to make the mesh gold, because *BLACK AND GOLD*. Spray painted the mesh gold; this can of gold produced a more brassy shade of gold.
The colour options for the mesh are endless. Go wild!
P.S. When spray painting, do multiple gentle thin layers instead of aggressively trying to drown your piece.
(You can see my wet puddle of paint in the photo. Forgive me, I was very anxious to get to the cable ties on it.)
Step 3: Cable Ties Onto Mesh
2 units on mesh = 1 cable tie
Cable tie goes through bottom hole, back up the hole on top.
Feed through the head and zip it up!
I'm doing a 'brick wall' pattern with the cable ties for a denser, fuller look.
(I'm using 150mm black cable ties.)
Step 4: Cable Tie Mesh Completion
Wear it short or wear it long!