In spite of my dubious claim on geekiness, I'm one of the network guys who work with the cable installers. Sometimes, well, most of the time, they leave scraps laying around after the job is done. Tiny snips of copper phone (solid) wire with striped insulation, half of a plastic data jack, and the odd toner. Once in awhile, they leave larger scraps. In this case, really large.
Naturally, I had to have this thick, heavy coil of colors and stripes of phone wire, as big around as my index finger, and about thirty feet (10+ metres) long.
"I really like that! I could make something with it.", the Packrat Litany echoed in my head as I considered hauling home the colorful mess. Eric W. has described the pattern exactly in his intro to the "Use It Again contest.
Yes. it's been in my shed for at least a year, patiently awaiting a mission. Thanks to Instructables, the time has come, to Make Wire Things. As with most of my instructables, the photo notes contain extra information that's not necessarily in the written instructions.
(See Wire Thing #2 here)
This is indeed a functional brush, intended to be fun, "functional art." In my house, it's more art than function.
Step 1: Gathering
- The aforementioned wire, all 100 pairs of it. For this brush you'll need at least 17 inches of wire. 18 inches or so will give you enough for what I think are good proportions, and some room to trim the ends if you want.
- 12" or so of wire for binding. Here I'll use a few strands of the same wire.
- Dikes (Diagonal Cutters), tin snips, or something else to cut the wire.
- A measuring tape.
That's it, unless you want to get fancy with twisting the wire, but that's another Instructable.