It was a perfect project to make at TechShop.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
+ Wooden coat hanger
+ 12 gage galvanized wire (5/64")
+ Paper / marker (or printer)
+ drill and bit (slightly larger than the wire [7/64"])
+ ruler and pencil
+ A file polish the ends of the wire
+ A name or word
Step 2: Start Bending the Wire 8" From the End
Then make your first bend about 8" from the end of the wire following your template. Using your plyers and hands keep following the template as much as possible. I never get it perfect; just keep an eye on the size of the letters and the baseline.
HINT: it's much easier to spin the paper around than to chase the wire.
Step 3: Drill the Hanger
Use a bit that's slightly larger than the wrire so the wire will slip though easily.
HINT: Drill from the top down because you care about the centering and finish of the hole on the top more than on the bottom.
Step 4: Center the Wire Make the Final Bends
Line up the right side and bend it up 90* and put the end through the hole.
On the left side, put a scrap piece of strait wire though the hole to show you were to bend.
Bend the left side up and put both ends through the holes in the hanger and level it up again.
Step 5: Bend the Strap Hangers
With the name leveled at the right height, cut the wire off 1-1/4" above the hanger.
NOTE: This is a good time to use the file to polish the ends of the wire. Generally sharp jagged edges don't mix with fancy dresses.
Bend the wire over into an upsidedown U.
Drill a larger hole 1/8 of an inch deep to receive the end of the wire.
Viola! You have happy wedding party.