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Make Unique String Art!

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I've always been fascinated by the cool 3-d looking shapes you can make by tying string to some nails in a board (I believe they approximate parabolas?)

I had some colorful string around, so I decided to make some string art - here's how I did it, and what you'll need to make something similar!

Materials:
*String (you can get colorful 'crochet thread' for cheap at WalMart - that's what I used)
*Small nails/tacks (I used 3/4" brads)
*Pliers
*Plywood
*Paint
*Small mirror (optional)
 
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Step 1: Concieve of It!

I spent a good while considering different designs - there are some very cool geometric patterns you can make with this technique.  In the end, I decided that I wanted to make an animal of some sort.  A fish seemed like it might lend itself well to being rendered in string, so I did some concept art you can see below.  I decided to go for the more 3-d version at the top right.

You'll want to draw out your design at full size.  You can use a simple photo editor to do so, but I found it easier to do by hand at first.  Make sure to specify where each nail will go.

I used a circle of nails within which I could make lots of cool circular-star patterns for the eye, parabolas for the fins and tail, a grid that narrows towards the back for the scales, and then some basic line art for the rest of it.  Try to think of cool ways to incorporate the different designs the string can make.  I bet a dragon could come out awesome!

Since I did mine in pencil first, I decided to take a picture of it (shown below) and use mspaint to help me visualize what it would look like with all of the strings attached.  Once you're satisfied with your drawing, count up your dots or at least ensure that you've got enough nails.


This is not only gorgeous, but it's very very creative. It's amazing how many different uses of medium can be used; I know I never would of thought of this in a billion years. Thanks for putting it up!
Puzzledd3 years ago
This is lovely- very clever and creative!
thats seaking right
surfreak4 years ago
This is awesome! I could never replicate it, though -- I'm far too much of a rigid thinker to pull a design like this out of thin air. That fish is just fantastic!
I forgot to ask, what did you use for the blue colour? It looks really pretty and fun.
Well, I don't remeber string art looking half as good as yours. Really cool
feistymiss4 years ago
is it possible to add another colour in addition ... say like in your example ... in the body
thegnome54 (author)  feistymiss4 years ago
I don't see why not! You could switch colors at the nails, or you could even tie different colors together for mid-string switchovers.
my dad has a sail boat/ship made in this manner using what I presume is copper and chrome wire instead of string.
ArtLizard4 years ago
Very Nice! My mother did art like this in the 70's She did an steam engine, a butterfly and a cat... Those are the ones I can remember. But if I remember correctly, she purchased kits at ... K-Mart or someplace like that...I have been going to do something like this for years, but when I have the time, I forget about it... and when I remember, I don't have the time :D Thanks for the great work!!!!
c'mon give ya a time to enjoy lil things, we only have this life and moment to do so ; )
aleji77a4 years ago
thanks for such a great idea! :D
tomstedham4 years ago
Very nice!
adamvan20004 years ago
My wife will love this! Thank you! ~adamvan2000
ChrysN4 years ago
Neat!