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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22 comments:

  1. These are beautiful, Barbara. I'm inclined to lean more toward the non-barbed hearts simply because I sometimes am an accident waiting to happen! Your instructions on forming the heart are really clear. Now I need to go pawing through what lace I might have on hand big enough to make a heart with! It's always something!

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    1. Jeanie, the barbed wire was not all that difficult to work with, although, you might want to make sure your tetanus shots are up to date.

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  2. So sweet, Barbara. These turned out beautifully!

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    1. Thank you, Rita. Nice to see you today.

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  3. Those barbed wire hearts are so pretty.

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  4. I love the combination. I truly like mixing design styles and just using what ever I like together, whether it "goes" or not. Take for instance my "Hydrangeas and Antlers.
    Thanks for linking up at OVER THE MOON Link Party.
    :) gwingal

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    1. Yes, Nikki, it is the juxtaposition between two seemingly unrelated objects that grab our attention. I is like burlap and lace.

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  5. Barbara, thanks so much for visiting me at Poofing the Pillows and leaving a sweet comment about our dining room. :)

    I love these hearts! The mix of elegant with rustic is just so pretty.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Stacey. I really do love your dining room.

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  6. Absolutely enchanting! I would love to make these. Would love to see an action video of how the lace is sewn onto the wire. It seems like it would be a bit like wrestling a bear. LOL

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    1. Well, Doc, I've never wrestled a bear so I can't really compare. (-: I can say that the lace I used was stretchy and once you get a couple of stitches going it is pretty easy. I suppose you could glue the lace in spots to hold it so that you can go ahead a stitch. Bending the wire is real easy.

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  7. Beautiful. You did a terrific job.

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  8. Barbara, these are gorgeous! But I'd have to let someone else handle the barbed wire for me. I still have the scars from the last time I tangled with barbed wire as a young teenager! Drove my friend's big brother's small motorcycle into a fence and really messed up my right arm.

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    1. Yikes, Jean. I'd be shying away from barbed wire too if I had an experience like your's Thank you for stopping by.

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  9. Barbara

    I love your hearts! Your hearts are so romantic hanging in the window. You have truly inspired me to go cut that barbed wire in my back yard!

    Debby
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    1. Good, Debby, but wear gloves please. Barbed wire is prickly.

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  10. So beautiful and thanks for the tutorial!
    Ann

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    1. Thank you, Ann, for your comments and for stopping by.

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  11. This is an absolutely gorgeous post! I love these hearts! Thank you so much for sharing at TFT! I would also like to invite you to come over and link up this post at the Share The Love Valentine Link Party that just went live tonight. Happy Valentine's Day!
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    1. Thank you for the invitation and for stopping by.

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