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« on: February 15, 2012 09:52:15 AM »



I was inspired to make a Calder-inspired necklace by this post.

I didn't have heavy gauge wire though, so I used a clothes hanger for the links.


Then I wired them together with bronze-colored wrapping wire, and tied it around my neck with a ribbon.

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012 10:07:19 AM »

That's beautiful! I can't believe it was a hanger!
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2012 10:35:38 AM »

Beautiful! You're incredibly resourceful.
The shapes you've chosen are very pleasing as well. I love asymmetrical designs
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2012 12:08:29 PM »

Fantastic!  Not only beautifully designed, but a wonderfully creative re-use of an "ordinary household item" that might otherwise get thrown away.  Sandy Calder (am assuming the Calder who's providing inspiration is Alexander) would be delighted!
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2012 12:41:04 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments!  I do like the necklace a lot (though I think I'll replace the ribbon with a chain before I wear it next, or glue the ribbon so it doesn't slip off when I horse around with my kids).

And I didn't realize that Alexander Calder was also called Sandy.  Thanks for making me look that up!  It also made me notice that he died the very day I was born.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012 07:45:09 PM »

Thanks for the nice comments!  I do like the necklace a lot (though I think I'll replace the ribbon with a chain before I wear it next, or glue the ribbon so it doesn't slip off when I horse around with my kids).

And I didn't realize that Alexander Calder was also called Sandy.  Thanks for making me look that up!  It also made me notice that he died the very day I was born.

The delicate ribbon is a nice juxtaposition against the wire, but I think a chain would work, too.

When I was a kid I was entranced by mobiles sold at a store in a touristy part of San Francisco we went to whenever we had visitors from out of town.  They were simple yet elegant, made with curved cross bars that had colorful, translucent shapes at the end.  When I later learned, somewhere, about Alexander Calder, I realized that those mobiles had been inspired by his work...which meant that similar, smaller mobiles I made when I was in college were, too!  I read more about Calder -- his nickname stuck with me because I'm also a Sandy -- and fell in love with all the rest of his work as well.  I live in Los Angeles now and in front of a building downtown where I used to work I got to walk under this fantastic iron-and-rivets sculptural piece every day, and still pass by from time to time; it always makes me smile.  You can see it here: http://you-are-here.com/sculpture/arches.html  I'm really not big on this kind of "modern" art, but there's just something fun and energizing about his work.

At some point I learned about an insanely inventive miniature circus Calder created during the 1920s, made with all sorts of miscellaneous materials.  It's now in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum in New York, which in December put it on display again for the first time since 2009.  Here's a link to a brief article about it, and the page also contains a five minute film of Calder working his delightful invention.  You may find the lion somewhat familiar in its construction style....  http://gothamist.com/2011/12/06/alexander_calder.php

And what a coincidence with Calder's death and your birth date!
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2012 08:33:16 PM »

Cute idea. Its very steampunkesh...or to me it is. lol.
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2012 03:29:32 PM »

Wow!  That's a really neat video!  Thanks for sharing that with me!
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2012 11:06:07 PM »

I think it's beautiful. I think the hangar has a more beautiful color than most heavy wire I've seen, rustic and full of charm.

Thanks for sharing, I love it.
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2012 12:02:55 PM »

Ahh!

That is so amazing! I've been experimenting with wire lately (I have a ton of 22g craft wire lying around that I've never used) and have been thinking of taking apart all of my wire hangers to have a thicker gauge to work with.

Did you bend it all with just pliers or did you heat up the wire first to make it more pliable?

Great Job!

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