January 27, 2018

Barbed Wire & Old Lace Hearts

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I have been fascinated with wire and lace hearts since I first saw them popping up on Pinterest.



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They are definitely easy to make and if you are lucky, you may already have most of the supplies.

Although, not everyone will have a piece of barbed wire hanging around.


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The barbed wire I have is well rusted and I disentangled it from a fence last year.  I am sure it had been there for many years.  This is an old farm and up until about five years ago cattle were kept here. 

At the time I retrieved it, I had no idea what I might end up doing with it.

It resided in the trunk of my car for months and then hung on a nail in the garage for a bit.

It is a thorny old misshapen heart.  It looks like it needs some love.


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You know what it's like.  You see something that someone else has done and then a whole lot of ideas start popping into your head.

Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles made some too and I have left a link to her post at the bottom.


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I made the lace hearts using a roll of 16 gauge wire.
It is much easier to use than coat hanger wire in that it is easy to bend but still holds its shape.

These wire and lace hearts are my version.



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They are free-form hearts with no two being the same.


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The lace was cut from an old camisole.  I used different parts of the camisole for each heart.

I removed the seams so that the camisole could be placed flat and then traced around each heart. 

The hearts were cut 1/4" outside the traced line.


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The edges of the cloth hearts were rolled around the wire and hand stitched in place.


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Embellishments such as ribbons and charms were added as well as strings to hang the hearts.



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I made the wireframes in two different ways.

The 1st way is to cut a length of wire then using pliers bend over each end and hook the ends together.  Crimp with the pliers.
Then form the heart in your hands.



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 The 2nd way is to bend the wire in half.  Form the heart and then wind the ends of the wire around each other at the bottom of the heart.


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To make the barbed wire heart place your pliers in the centre of a piece of barbed wire and twist the wire over on itself to form a loop at the centre.

Form the heart.  You may need the help of the pliers here and then twist the ends together at the bottom.


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Katie, over at Let's Add Sprinkles,  made wire hearts using a different method.  The link to her post is here Let's Add Sprinkles.  
Katie's hearts are beautiful and well worth checking out.



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