Fil de Fer

Have you ever heard of Fil de Fer? It is French for wire-frame.  I ran into a great article in a magazine a few weeks ago on how to wire-frame Christmas ornaments. . .

being a crafty type of person I just had to try it even if it didn’t turn out quite like I wanted it to. One thing that I found out is that you can’t really mess these up because shabby looking is sort of a good look for these ornaments. Ha ha

C crafting star wire

 A doily is a perfect piece to use for a wire-frame ornament because of all of the little stitches that you can weave the wire in and out of. First of all I used a heaver gauge wire to weave a frame on the star.

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After making a base that hold the star up I weaved a lighter weight wire around the edges adding a pearl bead every so often and twisting as I went.

C crafting star finished

This is what I came up with. It’s pretty time consuming and what I really learned is that you need to have the right materials for this project. Light bulb!  I used a 12 gauge wire and looped it around my finger to make a spring that will fit over the top of the tree top.

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I thought that I would give this another try so I made a crown. I need lots and lots of more practice to really do this right! Some projects just don’t turn out like you would like them. I thought that I would show you a project that I wouldn’t normally show you. One that didn’t turn out. Cause some just don’t. lol

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Do any of you have an old cone that might look like this and you are just tempted to throw it out? I knew that I could up cycle this into something pretty, and I had lot of silver and gold beads in my stash.

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I started to alternate gold and silver beads around the cone, gluing with a glue gun.

C Crafting beaded tree

An hour later I had a wonderful silver and gold tree to use in a Christmas vignette. This turned out to be a great up cycle project. As you can see in the back ground I am in a pretty big mess around here with four grands wanting to check out everything that I have pulled out for decor.

I hope that you all have a wonderful week!

Hugs, Jo

I will be at these amazing parties this week, come and join me!

Monday

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home

Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Something to talk about @Karen’s Upon the Hill

Inspire me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Tuesday

The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm

Trash to Treasures Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner

Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose

Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Through Life

Wednesday

Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure

WOW @ Savvy Southern Style

Moon Light and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss

What’s it’s Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants

Before and After Wednesday @ The Dedicated House

Thursday

Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Share your Style @ The Essence of Home

Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner

Idea Box @ Mila’s Little Things

Vintage Charm @ Blue Willow House .com

Friday

Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home

Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House

Home Matters Linky Party @ Life with Lorelai

Simply Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Friday’s Furniture Fix @ Patina Paradise

Saturday

Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk

Inspiration Spotlight @ Dear Creatives.com

Best of the Weekend @ Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Share it One More Time @ Shabby Fufu

Sunday

Sunday’s at Home @ Thoughts from Alice

Silver Pennies Sunday @ Silver Pennies

Submarine Sunday @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

25 thoughts on “Fil de Fer

  1. Jo those adorable Reindeer look like they are wanting to be set free from the plastic! I love your crown just as is, for it has handcrafted charm. You are one busy lady!
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  2. Your tree balances the obsession of bottle brush trees, this is a nice textural relief to add to a collection. And yes, of course we all have cones or old forms that can do this…excellent idea..and so easy, Thanks for the idea…Sandi

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  3. I love your wire ornament and crown Jo. I have wanted to try my hand at making a crown but have never tried it yet. I love how yours turned out and feel more inspired to give it a go.
    Thanks always for the great inspiration!

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  4. I could see the ornaments on a small vintage tree and perhaps making a miniature crown as the topper and lighting it all with tiny LED wire lights that are popular now that run on batteries. I like your crown and tree!

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  5. Perhaps if you could find some white or off-white wire to use with the doilies? Love the tree idea…it would also look beautiful if you had a white styro cone and then used pearl beads.

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  6. Is there anything you can’t make?! I love everything. That little wire crown is cute and the idea of wrapping beaded garland around that cone was genius. I wouldn’t have thought to do that.

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  7. I had not heard of that term, but I love wire crafts! I think both are darling Jo! The crown has rustic charm. I have a crown on the top of a small silver tree. It’s made from an old screen and I bought it from Gigi. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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