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How To Make A Twisted Wire Shelf

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf


With the chisel and pliers, let's learn here to make a graceful shelf that can serve both to store your bibelos in the room and your glasses of seasoning in the kitchen.
In any situation, it will certainly catch your eye.

Necessary materials

  • Galvanized Wire 0.20mm
  • Galvanized "angel hair" wire (0.10 mm)
  • Silver colored twisted aluminum wire
  • Cardboard tube 4 cm in diameter
  • Barbecue stick
  • Sticks at least 1 cm thick
  • White Duplex Paper
  • Ruler
  • Stylus
  • Torquês
  • Pliers

Way of doing: the step by step and the mold

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Print the template.
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The numbers of the scrolls (curves in spiral) will guide during the assembly.

shelf-wire

Make a second impression of the scratch, this time from the opposite side, and tape the two copies together.

How To Make Twisted Wire

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

First, let's show you how to twist the wire.

To make it easier, let's start with the wire used on the back of the shelf.

Unroll the wire and extend it over half of the heart and over the top of the rectangle below.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

Add a portion equal to the amount of wire you selected, plus two or three centimeters as a precaution.

Cut with the torques.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: wire

Attach the two ends of the wire to the rod.
This can be a hanger or even the cable of a fly kite, as long as it is sturdy.

shelf-wire

Stretch the wire as much as you can and rotate the baton without loosening it.

Rotate the rod until the wire is well twisted.

Cut the back attached to the knob with the torques.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: shelf

Here, we twist wire to half the base of the shelf; however, before starting it is best to cut several pieces of wire very long and twist them so you do not need to interrupt the work when there is missing twisted wire.

Curves and Scrolls with Wire

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

Let's start with volute number 1.

With the help of the pliers, wrap the tip of the wire in a piece of wood or any other cylindrical object up to 1cm; in the case, we used the same piece of wood that served to twist the wire before.

Note: We can use any cylindrical object, from a pencil to a barbecue stick to produce the curves, depending on the size we want.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: wire

Using your fingers and pliers, model the first volute following the drawing.

Extend the wire to the rectangle and make a right angle where the vertical line is marked.

When you reach the end of this line, bend the wire at a 90 degree angle.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: shelf

Mark another 5 cm of wire, as shown in the photo, fold it again and add a 12 cm.

Only then cut the wire.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

Repeat volute number one on opposite side.

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Use the same procedure for scrolls number 2.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

Volutes number 3 are independent without this extra wire.

Shelf base

With all the curves ready, let's go back to the base. Remember that wire that we twisted at the beginning of the article?

Wrap its tip in the wood, as shown above, and from this curve model half of the heart and the top of the rectangle attached to it.
Take a good look at the photo: notice that we leave one end underneath so we can tie another wire afterwards.
Repeat to make the other side.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

Cut another 30 cm of twisted wire.
Take one of the heart halves you've done before and tie the piece of wire underneath where there is an angle.

Use the "angel hair" wire to tie it tight; if necessary, pull with the pliers.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: wire

Tie the second half on the other end of the wire.

Unite the two halves of the heart by tying it underneath, where the wires make angles.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: wire

Close your heart by tying the scrolls too.
The back should look like this:

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: wire

Important

No matter how hard you try to waste material, it is sometimes necessary to cut the excess wire at one point or another.

Gather all the pieces you cut into a container while you work and wrap it in a newspaper after you finish.

Pieces of wire lying on the floor can pierce the foot even through the sole of the shoe!

The front of the wire shelf

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

For the front of the shelf, cut 47 cm of wire and fold the ends up.

Roll the ends with a barbecue stick to produce very small scrolls.

With the help of the pliers, wind the curve again to produce a snail inside the other.
Do the same with the tip on the other side.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: shelf

Close the front of the shelf with a new piece of wire to form a rectangle, just like you did with the back.

Attach the two parts with four pieces of untwisted wire, 6 cm each.
To do so, twist the ends of these pieces in the corners of the rectangles and cover with the angel hair wire.

Mounting the parts from the shelf

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

Now let's start putting the drawing together using the parts we did before.

Let's start with scrolls number 3: from them, it will be easier to assemble the others.
Tie them in the place marked by the drawing.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: wire

To make the volutes number four (see diagram), cut two pieces of wire approximately 30 cm, and fold them as in the photo, so that each one of them is 6 cm in the center, and leftovers of 12 cm in the tips.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: shelf

Take one of these wires and make a small volute with the barbecue stick at one end.

Then fit it under the shelf, so that the scroll is at the side of the heart.
Tie angel hair with wire.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: shelf

Untwist the tip that tied in front of the shelf, making two double scrolls, opposite each other.

To make them bigger, use a pencil instead of the barbecue stick.

Repeat the procedure with the other piece of 30 cm wire that you cut.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: make

Tie the volute on the 1 (the larger snail) on the straight part of volute 4, and try to fit the curve under the volute in 2 (the first one you tied).

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: make

It will be necessary to untie some wires and attach them again later, so that the curves fit correctly.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: make

Cut a piece of twisted wire, fold it in the same way you did with the others, that is, with a 6 cm space in the center.

Twist one end to make the double volute and tie it to the front; then insert the wire under the shelf in the center.

Finally, tie the other end under the heart.

Reinforcing the base of the shelf

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: shelf

If you followed our instructions correctly, you will have 8 vertical wires connecting both sides of the shelf; but if we want it to support something, we need more.

Extend a piece of twisted wire under the shelf, long, then fold two 12-inch ends on each side and cut.
Repeat two more times.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: make

Put one of these wires under the shelf, and push the ends inward, so that the horizontal wire is under the short wire in the center and over the four wires near the wire; underneath again when it reaches the ends of the shelf.

You do not have to tie everything up; tie the wire only at the tips and center as shown in the photo.

Do the same with the other two, trying to keep a distance of about 2cm from each other.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: shelf

After passing the ends underneath, turn them up again and tie them to the sides.

Scrape on these tips with the barbecue stick, folding the three as they appear in the photo so they are the same height.

Do the same on the other side of the shelf.

Silver Wire Finish

We're not done yet: have you noticed that it still seems a bit "empty" up front?

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: shelf

For let us now use the twisted silver wire; This one is already twisted from the store, but we could not use it on the shelf because it was too soft (it's aluminum).

Wrap the cardboard tube tightly together.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

When the wire is loose, it will look like a spring.
With your fingers, arrange the circles formed inside the spaces in front of the shelf and go tying with the wire.

How to Make a Twisted Wire Shelf: twisted

Finally, let's leave this shelf a little safer for the condiments or other things we want to put in it.
Place it on the wrong side of the Duplex paper (a kind of card) and scratch it with the pencil.

From this sketch, make a slightly smaller rectangle (about 5.5cmX29cm) and cut with the stylus.
Place the Duplex paper on the shelf with the colored side facing up.

Twisted wire shelf

Twisted wire shelf

Your shelf is ready!

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