9.19.2012

Wonderfully wired





I have an obsession with wire...it ranks right below my madness about metal...I'll pick up any random spool I spy at yard, garage, or estate sales... the more rusted, the better...

Lately I have focused on woven wire...or more specifically, hardware cloth...you know the stuff...comes in rolls, either 1/2" or 1/4" openings...very sturdy and rigid...with a lovely patina since it is usually zinc coated (and I don't know why its called hardware cloth...)

As case would have it, I had a partial roll in the basement...and after I used a bit of it for the flower frog mason jars I made (and thank you apartment therapy for highlighting them here), I was struck with the idea of making baskets...based on the idea of the charming french oyster baskets I found here.

I formulated a plan and first made a practice basket...
I had graph paper with 1/2" grid, so my pattern was drawn to size...



























I cut out my pattern, using a tin snips and a needle nose pliers...you'll notice that on alternating edges, I snipped the wires close while on the opposite side, I left the wires long...my plan was to bend up each side and then hook the longer wires around the flush end...





My second basket demonstrates this technique...after I cut out my pattern, I bent each side of the basket upward, using a metal ruler to get an even line...



























and then I bent small hooks on one side of the upright wire that "looped" around the flush wire side...and once it was aligned, I squeezed the loop tight...
With the corners completed, I moved onto the top edge, bending over the snipped tops to form a loop that curled to the inside...for one of the baskets I made, I reversed the loop, and curled it to the outside.


Once the baskets were complete, I added the vintage tags I made to two of the baskets for extra embellishment...

And now they are perfect for organizing desk paraphernalia...






































The small square basket is great for odds and ends...






































The large "etc." basket is just the right size to hold file folders...





























and the "junk" basket...well, holds junk!  its size is ideal for corralling jars...I threaded a length of linen twine through the loops on the top edge and attached the "junk" tag on the end...




























































There's a few things I learned in the process...wearing gloves might be advised...the cut edges of the wire are SHARP...
And don't get too carried away with making your loops perfect...bending the wire back and forth weakens it...and if you bend too far or too often, the wire breaks off...

I'm linking up to WhisperWood Cottage Organizing Solutions...thanks to WhisperWood Cottage for sponsoring such a great link-up - so many ideas...
and also Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors - check it out!

31 comments:

  1. Impressive as always! I've used such wire in my assemblages...and for keeping rabbits out of my garden...but nothing like this!! Love your images...always, always wonderful!

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  2. Inspirational! Everything you do turns out so well.

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  3. Amy, these are awesome! I've never thought about making my own baskets...yours look great!

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  4. You are my hero. I have been scouring for weeks looking for the perfect wire baskets, it never occurred to me to make them. Looks like I'm visiting the hardware store tomorrow! Thank You!

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  5. Your such a clever one Amy! These are fantastic! Can't wait to see you Friday night, I'm bringing you some treats I've acquired on my travels....Michelle

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  6. Those are so neat! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm adding making wire baskets to my long, and growing longer by the minute, list of things to make.

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  7. that is just brilliant!!! I stand in awe !!!

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  8. GREAT idea! So creative!
    ~Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane

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  9. Fantastic tutorial! Those locker style baskets made in the same manner and same wire will often run $25.00 and up here, now you will have me hunting farm sales for wire, LOL!

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  10. Sweet use of that wire. As an mom to a family of duckie girls I know how sharp that stuff is, casual loops make if really more interesting anyway. Love the tags, especially ETC.....xox

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  11. WOW!!! I have never thought of making my own...thanks for sharing how you did these.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  12. Look how clever YOU are!! WOW! I have been wanting some wire baskets for my kids room and just haven't found what I've wanted. Thank you for the wonderful idea!!

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  13. looks so good and easy.ang

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  14. These are great!! Do they take a long time????

    blessings
    barb

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  15. Oh, wow! I am in love with these baskets. So glad you shared the tutorial!! I will be pinning this. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Sharon

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  16. I stumbled on your blog via pinterest. I just bought a roll because I want to make a large trash bin for my recycles...and blog about it...however I was very unsuccessful at making anything circular that was remotely photographable. Then I tried a cloche...again...circular was extremely challenging. So, I am now so very inspired to just keep it simple and make a basket...which I can never get enough of...
    If you can come up with a way to make circular things...please post!! -aimee {new follower}

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  17. brilliant! THanks for sharing :)

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  18. Seriously BRILLIANT!!! I love wire baskets but they're SO expensive & never quite the right size...your genius idea solves both those problems in one fell swoop. Off to the hardware store to buy some of the hardware "cloth" this weekend. Thank you! :)

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    1. thanks Donna - so glad that I inspired you!

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    2. I'm completely amazed...Brilliant!!!

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  19. This is the tutorial I've been look for for ages. Can't wait to make wire baskets like yours. Thanks so much Amy!

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  20. This is such a great idea! Thanks!

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  21. This is an awesome idea! Thank you for sharing. I have never seen or heard of hardware cloth before. So cool!

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    1. Laura - you can easily find hardware cloth in the garden section of your hardware store - look for it - and have some fun!

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  22. I found this post on Pinterest and loved it so I used in it my top 5. Hope you don't mind. You can see it here Top 5: wire baskets
    Have a great day!

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  23. Genius!!! Love it! These would be a glorious addition to our farmers' market table.

    Leslie @ www.bigcraftyblog.blogspot.com

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  24. I can't wait to try this out--I think I've got some "hardware" cloth in the garage, but it's about 10 degrees right now, so it'll have to wait. But not long! Thanks for the tutorial; I love your blog :)

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    1. you are most welcome Diana for the tutorial - glad I can inspire others! hoping it warms up wherever you are and you can get to work on your baskets soon!

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  25. so excited to try this - I have a multi-cubby shelving unit in my studio & have searched for years for the right size boxes or baskets.. I think you may have solved my problem - thanks!

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  26. These are lovely. Do you happen to have any tips on how to straighten the rolled mesh. My baskets turned out pretty but quite twisted.

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