Whether you are a beginning or an experienced craft artist, you can find a metal project to suit your talents. Metal arts and crafts enhance both interior and exterior décor. The flexibility of the material opens the door to a wide range of project ideas, and combing various metals together, such as copper and aluminum, creates eclectic decorations.
Ideas for metal garden art include wind spinners, wind chimes and sheet metal cutouts. Wind spinner projects include lightweight designs made from tin cans and metal sheeting. Create hand-crafted metal wind chimes using copper tubing, brass pipe or old utensils as the musical element. Metal cutouts for the garden include plant identification tags and signage. Sheet metal materials for garden projects are available at craft stores in 5 mil-thick rolls of brass, copper and aluminum. You can also use metal flashing from the hardware store to create garden décor. Trace the design onto the sheet metal and then cut it out with tin snips. Punch designs in the sheet metal with an awl or hammer the surface with a ball hammer to create textured metal garden décor.
Create metal jewelry projects using metal beads, metal wire or even bottle caps. Metal wire is available in gold, silver, stainless steel and base metal. Shape the wire to make jewelry designs or twist the wire around other objects to create pendants and charms. Metal beads, findings, bails, pendants and charms are readily available for custom jewelry designs. One jewelry project idea for beginners is to make a charm bracelet. Purchase a link-style bracelet in the metal of your choice, and then attach a variety of metal charms to the links with metal jump rings. To make metal jewelry from bottle caps, drill holes into each side of each cap and connect them in a strand using jump rings. To open jump rings, push and pull the metal on each side of the split; never separate the split by pulling the metal apart in opposite directions.
Refurbish old furniture with metal tiles or metal sheeting. Cut the metal pieces to fit the top and/or sides of the tables and cabinets, and then attach the metal sheets to the surface of the furniture with construction adhesive. Add a finishing touch to the seams with molding. You can also make headboards using copper or tin ceiling tiles. Cut a sheet of 1/2-inch thick plywood to fit behind your bed, and then cover the front of the plywood with decorative metal tiles. Attach the tile using construction adhesive. Hang the plywood on the wall above the bed with secure wall hangers.
Metal sculptures are created with wire, metal pipes and metal sheeting. One popular project idea for a metal sculpture is a wire tree. Depending on its size, a wire tree can be used as a jewelry holder, wall art or garden art. To make a small wire tree sculpture, gather a bundle of 20-gauge craft wire, cut in 2-foot long sections. Bend each wire in the bundle at a 90-degree angle, 5 inches from one end to make the tree stand. The angled wires protrude away from the bundle. Twist a strip of wire around the bundle, from the top of the stand to make a 6-inch tall tree trunk. Separate the wires from the top of the trunk and shape them into branches.
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