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    Default Wire frames - How to make

    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

    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?

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

    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.
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    I finished the Wreath. Very satisfying.
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    That really looks great, Matt.
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    wow what a great creation matt...its really looking nice and hope it will work good.
    very nice
    see you with more creation :-)
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    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.
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