Wire Mesh Vase

Introduction: Wire Mesh Vase

About: I am a massive fan of the Instructables community, but these days I spend more time sculpting than Instructabling. See my art work on Instagram @de_burgh_steel
I made a vase from Chequer-plate a while back and it turned out pretty good.
I still had the template so I thought I might try some other materials. Since I happened to have some mesh in my shed I decided to give it a go.

Here's how you can make one too:
  1. First cut a template out of cardboard.
  2. Next place the template over the mesh and spray it with paint stencil-fashion.
  3. Make four more shapes the same making sure the horizontal wires will line up when the pieces are joined.
  4. Then cut out the shape with an angle grinder.
  5. Now for the hard part.
  6. Try to bend the mesh roughly into shape.
  7. Starting at the base weld the pieces together wire by wire.
  8. Try not to use too many swear words when you tear bits of skin off your knuckles. 
  9. Sorry I don't have pictures of the process. I didn't really have enough hands to hold the job and weld, let alone take pictures at the same time.
  10. Don't give up.
  11. Eventually you will have a beautiful vase.

Mine looks Ok but unfortunately it leaks.

I hope liked my Instructable. I will be making another one from steel plate one day and I plan to make a proper step-by-step then.

Please feel free to comment and ask questions.


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    20 Discussions

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    shazni
    shazni

    7 years ago on Introduction

    can I use a butane torch with solder to weld this mesh?

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    cammers
    cammers

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Give it a try. What could possibly go wrong?

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    abetterton
    abetterton

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is absolutely awesome! I'm in love with the wire baskets and I believe you could make them easily and have them match your vases... Great instructable!
    Thanks!

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    clazman
    clazman

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very Nice!!!!

    I think a dark (Pine) green would look nice.

    I also like the look of the four sides thinking that 6 sides would be too busy.

    Sorry for the leaks you encountered. Funny how water finds the tiny holes! ;)

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    susanrm
    susanrm

    9 years ago on Introduction

    This could be great for dried flower arrangements. Then you won't have to worry about leakage.

    I imagine a nice coat of spray paint would gussy it up a bit too.

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    cammers
    cammers

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    My wife filled mine with pine cones. Looks nice.
    It is painted - roughly - with silver spray paint. It was all I had. Another colour might look better.

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    susanrm
    susanrm

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    You should photograph that and post it here! The silver is probably nice, but the great thing about paint is that you can always add another coat if you get tired of that one. :-)

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    cammers
    cammers

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It is painted in the pictures actually. I guess it looks like gal, but at least you can't see the burns at the welds.

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    susanrm
    susanrm

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Oh, I know. I meant to photograph it with the pine cones inside. It could look festive with gold-spray-painted pine cones inside. Just an idea.

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    cammers
    cammers

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I get you now. Sorry about that. Yes good idea.

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    hjjusa
    hjjusa

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I reccomend sugaru to stop the leaks. :)

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    cammers
    cammers

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea. But then I would have to change the name to "steel reinforced sugru vase".

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    pfred2
    pfred2

    9 years ago on Introduction

    That's not a vase its a bug zapper! Who you think you're fooling?

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    rimar2000
    rimar2000

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nice job!

    Maybe I 'll do one when I finish to dress my new workshop. What probably I will not be able to meet is point 8.

    Try a vase with 6 faces!

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    cammers
    cammers

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I will try with six faces on day. I will have to change the template (I think) or the finished product will be really fat.

    Was this made of five pieces welded together? It looks amazing! I can't believe you welded each wire. Your effort really shows; it is beautiful!

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    cammers
    cammers

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks. Yes. five including the square base.

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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Cool. I wasn't sure if it was made of separate pieces, or of one piece crazy manipulated.