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Matt_Edwards
11-22-2009, 12:01 AM
The wife wants a 3ft wreath, and I am not one to disappoint her if I can possibly help it.
Frank make some nice looking 2ft Wreaths here (http://doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7888)

I figured I would use 1/8 wire for the frames but somehow I need to joint the loops and then fix them to the spacers.
What is the best method of making the wire frames? I don't have a spot welder so I ain't going down that path. Not do I have an Oxy - Acetylene. I have an arch stick welder, and a propane torch.
Also time is running out.

Any Aussies know where I can buiy a suitable frame?

Cheers
Matt

dirknerkle
11-22-2009, 12:23 AM
You could try the wire that's used to hang suspended ceilings. It's pretty stiff yet easy to shape. You'd fasten it by twisting wire around the joints instead of welding them. Once they're fastened, you could use a product such as JB Weld (if it's available down under...) and apply it to the wire joints for even greater stability. JB Weld is a super strong epoxy that's gray-black in color and has some metal content so when it hardens it's really, really hard. They have a quick-set version that's about 10 minutes.

Aurbo99
11-22-2009, 09:33 AM
I agree with Dirk, the suspended ceiling wire works well, just overlap the wire by about a foot and twist the overlap together. Wrap with garland of your choice of cover, add a small string of fairy lights and your done.

kostyun
11-22-2009, 10:34 AM
Mine are made with 1/8" wire - but - I found that I couldn't just "bend the wire" and have it hold the shape when any sort of heat was applied to it (to weld the pieces together)

I ended up going to harbor freight (cheap chinese tools) and getting a ring roller, so I could roll the metal into a ring.

Matt_Edwards
11-22-2009, 08:24 PM
Thanks for the input. I will try and pick up so fencing wire tonight. This stuff comes in a roll it impossible to get straight, unless under a lot of tension. Should be good for this ap.

JB weld is great stuff - I'll give it ago.

Matt_Edwards
11-23-2009, 06:34 PM
Started making the wreath last night.
Initial impressions:

Man 900mm is big - in fact too big to for our table even at 750mm. it is big.
1/8 wire (8 gauge?) is hard to work with
starting with the inner and outer circles in place makes it easy to then just add the 3 other circles to the spacers.
be prepared to shred your fingers with the fine wire. :twisted:

Today I buy 1.5mm stick and will weld the joints.

Picture to come and I thought I would also do a simple How-to for some smaller ones.
Matt :cool:

Matt_Edwards
11-29-2009, 03:09 AM
I finished the Wreath. Very satisfying.

WireWrap
11-29-2009, 03:12 AM
That really looks great, Matt.

martin1
04-08-2010, 02:22 AM
wow what a great creation matt...its really looking nice and hope it will work good.
very nice
see you with more creation :-)

IdunBenhad
04-08-2010, 09:23 AM
Hi:
Elsewhere I described how I made my bells from foil backed insulation board. This material comes in 4' x 8' sheets and in several thicknesses from 1/2" to 1".

I haven't tried this, but here is my idea:

Cut several round "donuts" from the board, each one is smaller than the other. Stack these up and glue them together. This would make an equivalent to the wire-frame and would probably be a lot less work. Also, if it were sprayed with paint, maybe dark green, it would be water resistant. Notice I didn't say waterproof, because I don't really know!

By the time it is wrapped with "greenery" and lights, it should make a simple wreath. No soldering or welding or cutup fingers.

I got my board for the bells from Lowes at a discount. The board had a hole in it and they let me have it for $3.00.

Just an idea. I may give it a try when I get back to Yuma this fall.

CLARIFICATION: Each "donut" is the same radius, but a narrower width. This will make a rounded stack when glued together.

mikeh65
04-08-2010, 01:22 PM
Mine are made with 1/8" wire - but - I found that I couldn't just "bend the wire" and have it hold the shape when any sort of heat was applied to it (to weld the pieces together)

I ended up going to harbor freight (cheap chinese tools) and getting a ring roller, so I could roll the metal into a ring.


Frank,

Where do you get your wire from. I'm thinking of a wreath idea that is made entirely out of lights. Simular to the leapping light arch but instead of wrapping the lights around a pipe I want to loop them back and fourth between the two rings that make up the wreath. I'm thinking that 1/8" is too thin to support so I may go to either 1/4" of 3/8". Just looking for some help or ideas from the experts.

ukewarrior
04-08-2010, 01:46 PM
I have acquired a bunch of nice steel wire for free.
At the end of an election day, I gather up all the political signs, recycle the plastic banners and keep the steel frame!

Spring voting season is next month!



Frank,

Where do you get your wire from. I'm thinking of a wreath idea that is made entirely out of lights. Simular to the leapping light arch but instead of wrapping the lights around a pipe I want to loop them back and fourth between the two rings that make up the wreath. I'm thinking that 1/8" is too thin to support so I may go to either 1/4" of 3/8". Just looking for some help or ideas from the experts.

Chaz
10-24-2010, 10:46 PM
I have acquired a bunch of nice steel wire for free.
At the end of an election day, I gather up all the political signs, recycle the plastic banners and keep the steel frame!

Spring voting season is next month!

Careful! If Ohio election laws are anything like Illinois, removing/taking campaign signs at any time without permission is a crime, punishable by fine and prison, as the sign remains the property of the candidate's campaign committee, regardless of the property where they are located before, during and after the election.

Signs cost me thousands of dollars for my campaign. Many candidates, including myself, save their old signs to use for when they run for office again. Others don't care about their signs as they have no intention of running again.

Mroe6
12-02-2015, 10:29 AM
Oh, man, Idun, your sign-off joke about waking Grumpy really cracked me up! Thanks for the belly laugh! Sometimes the little things in life are best
Mroe6

algerdes
12-02-2015, 10:39 AM
Many candidates, including myself, save their old signs to use for when they run for office again. Others don't care about their signs as they have no intention of running again.

Some of us keep our old campaign signs, prominently displayed in the garage, to remind ourselves that this status was self inflicted.

:rolleyes: