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« on: April 12, 2012 03:28:56 PM »

Tools needed: pliers, wire cutters, scissors, and Popsicle stick (not shown)

Materials: grapevine wire, moss garland, and 24 gauge brown coated wire

The first step is to make a frame out of the grapevine wire. You may need to use the scissors to cut the fibers after cutting the wire with wire cutters. For this basket I used two circles (one larger than the other) joined by three supports. Cut more wire than you need and wrap extra around it to secure it. The canoe basket had an oval with a curved support to shape the bottom.

Now you need to make the wire mesh for the sides. I like to use one and a half yard pieces of wire to work with. You will then have to join them as you work. Fasten on end to the larger, top circle. To make the first row of links you wrap the wire around the popsicle stick and down through the frame. wrapping links all the way around.

For the rest of the rows you wrap around the stick and through one of your links. It is very similar to nalbinding and you continue to work your way around until your work can stretch down to the base.

At this step you will not use the stick. Just wrap around the base catching each loop to secure it.

The base is a little more challenging as you need to make decreases. A wooden circle with holes drilled around the edge could be wired in for a solid base. To start weaving the base you need to wrap around the stick catching the wire used to secure the side to the base. You will not be able to fit more than 2/3 wraps on the stick at a time. To decrease, every other row needs to catch two links at a time. If you look carefully you can see the wire going through two links below.

Continue around until the last row and run the wire through all loops and secure end. At that point you can straighten out the bends in the frame from working the mesh.

Cut a piece of garland that is slightly larger than the top edge of basket. You want to overlap the ends. Secure the garland with excess wire wrapping around the basket top.

Cut three times the length of the desired handle, using grapevine wire. Thread the beads onto center of wire. My wire had a slub so I was not able to center the beads and had to cut an extra piece to finish off the short end. Wrap excess around the handle. This helps to secure the beads as well as give it strength.

To finish your piece you can paint or stain the beads, add sheet moss to the bottom, or add a bow.

I had to cut out a lot of the working pictures. I had trouble down loading more than one at a time even after decreasing the size.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2012 05:45:53 PM by ysmeine » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2012 03:37:04 PM »

So pretty! I'm loving the moss detail! Thank you for sharing!

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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2012 04:10:40 PM »

what a neat idea!
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2012 04:30:11 AM »

I've never heard of grapevine wire and am really impressed you made your own mesh.  Thanks for sharing!

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