Introduction: Copper Wire River Map
Put your favorite river or stream on a wall, indoors or out.
- Google maps
- #4 bare copper wire (available by the foot at many hardware stores)
- Heavy duty staple gun with long staples
- A work surface that you can staple into
- A small drill bit and drill
- Small nail
- Cold chisel
Step 1: Find Your River
- Zoom in on the section of river or stream that you want to use.
- Do a screen capture.
Step 2: Edit the Image
- Paste the screen capture into Paint or another image editing program.
- Crop the section of river you want to use.
- Flip the cropped image horizontally so that the staple marks are on the back of the finished product.
- Convert the flipped image to a PDF file. I use PDFill PDF and Image Writer.
Step 3: Print the Image
- Open the PDF and size the PDF program screen to the approximate size of the river image. I used Foxit Reader.
- Print the current view at an enlarged scale with the tile large pages option.
Step 4: Bend the Wire Into Shape
- Use several staples to attach the end of the wire to the work surface.
- Place the first page of the printed river under the wire.
- Staple over the wire, and bend the wire to match the shape of the river. Use the staples as fulcrums to bend the wire.
- An awl can be used as a temporary fulcrum for tight bends.
- A pliers may be necessary for very tight bends.
- Continue to insert sections of the paper under the wire and shape the wire to the river.
- Depending on the shape of your river and your work surface, you may have to occasionally pull the staples out and reposition the wire.
- Cut the bent wire free from the roll.
- Flatten the wire so it hangs flat against the wall, or carefully shape the river so parts of it stand out from the wall to give it greater depth.
Step 5: Hang the Wire
- There many ways to hang the wire, but the following is my favorite because the hanger is hidden.
- Drill a small hole in the back of the wire, but don't drill through the wire.
- Place the head of a small nail in the hole, and use a cold chisel and hammer to deform the wire around the head of the nail.
- Add more than one nail along the length of the river if you want to display the river in the correct orientation rather than hanging freely.
- Drill holes in the wall to accept the nails.
- Hang indoors our outside.
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