Intro: Wirework Made From Old Copper Wire
I was delighted when I saw some wonderful wireworks on the Internet.
There was some old copper wire in the garage so I decided to make my own wirework.
It's not to hard to make something, simple shapes like flowers, cottages, trees, sun and moon...
But, I was looking for something really wonderful. How to make something realistic almost like photo. I think I've almost succeed using laser made mould.
Its a small wirework art (10cmx13cm).
Copper wire used in this presentation is only 0.5mm thick.
It is possible to make much bigger wireworks using similar method.
Step 1: Material and Tools
Copper wire 0.5mm (5-6m)
Copper wire 1mm (0.5m)
polywood (10x13cm or bigger)
Computer (and software)
Step 2: Theme, Art, Motive
It's basically an art so it's crucial think what will you create.
I choose a picture of my son.
I love him very much and it was the biggest motive to finish this wirework art.
Step 3: File Preparation
File preparation is process from the original jpg picture to the vector graphic.
I've used Xara Extreme to do it.
Althow you can do that as a graphic designer it isn't necessary. You can just chose the detail you want and your engraver can do the rest.
Step 4: Lasering
Choose a polywood piece and let the laser cutter cut the piece.
In this case wire is thin and it is not necessary to do double cut.
For thicker wire it's necessary to cut two lines to create appropriate channel.
( For 2mm wire - 2mm channel)
Vertical or (and) horizontal lines are assigned to hold main picture.
Step 5: Fixing the Wire Into the Channels.
Put the wire on the channel and fix it into the gap.
Step 6: Soldering the Main Picture
Step 7: Drilling Holes for Horizontal Wires
Drilling holes for horizontal wires.
It should be done by laser cutter but unfortunately I've forgotten that.
It's never late to do that.
Step 8: Horizontal Lines
Horizontal lines hold the main picture.
Solder them too.
Step 9: Separation
It's a moment to separate mold and wirework.
Step 10: In This Case a Simple Frame.
In this case a simple frame made from copper wire
Step 11: Soldering Wirework Art on the Frame
Soldering wirework art on the frame.
Step 12: Your Wirework Art Is Over.
Your wirework art is over and ready for some appropriate frame.
You can paint it or just hang it on the wall.
Your polywood mold is ready for another copy.
You can make as much copies as you like.
I hope you've found some useful information in this instructable.