Been playing a lot in my “metal studio” and decided to try making one of those woven heart baskets we used to make when I was a kidlet.
But out of recycled beverage cans instead of paper.
It was surprisingly difficult, and the result was underwhelming. Also a bit dangerous, because there are lots of sharp little edges all around.
Adding some flowers and a handle made from braided vintage telephone wire helped the appearance a bit, but still not my finest hour… Maybe okay as a Valentine’s Day decoration? Felt I had to give it a topic because of how long it took me and how troublesome it was.
Here’s the back of it (which gives you a better idea what it looked like before the extra decorations.)
Dangerous hearts deserve their own thread, if only to stand as a warning to others. The colors are nice, and I love the flowers.
(Linda -2023 is a use the good stuff year! :us:)
I have it in a box of stuff that I didn’t have room to display in my new house, but I think I know which box it is in. I made one in a swap in the old place, and nearly cut myself several times, despite wearing reinforced gloves.
The one I have was purchased at a craft fair…it is black and now you also have me curious about the edges because I have never cut myself on it at all…as I recall, they seemed “rounded” in some way. I’ll look tomorrow afternoon.
Thanks, guys! Yes, it is an actual basket that would hold things.
The top edge isn’t too sharp; it’s the bottom edge as well as a few spots where the interlocking strips tore into each other, making burrs in the metal. I filed them down as best I could and tried rounding off the edges that I could reach. Nevertheless, it remains a “dangerous heart”! Would love to find a good solution for those sharp edges.
You are brave to weave with sharp metal, but it looks so great! I think as long as it is hung away from little hands with a warning for everyone else, it looks absolutely stunning and nothing else is needed. What a fun little project!
I used to make stuff from aluminum cans, and don’t recall the edges being dangerous. I cut them with kitchen shears, which have a little serration on the blades. Maybe that crinkly effect makes the edges safer.
So the edges cut with scissors (like the top edges) aren’t very sharp or dangerous. But the bottom edge has a bunch of loose ends with little pointy tips. (Tried to round off and file the ones I could reach, but it was impossible to address all of them.) If I glued all those ends down, it might solve the problem, but I was really trying to avoid glue to maintain the item’s future recyclability.
There are also some places in the woven areas where the strips fought the weave and gouged into the edges of each other, creating burrs. Again, worked on them to reduce the injury potential…but don’t feel it was entirely successful.
It is what it is. I’ll probably use it as a Valentine season decoration. Will have to figure out what to tuck inside it.
How about Sugru? Sticks to everything, comes in all colours or can be custom blended, cures in 24 hours, and it can be shaped like clay tho it is quite sticky to handle. The fix could be a design element that wouldn’t interfere too much with the overall look, or even add to it.