Up-cycling Aesthetic :- Braided Wire Art.

I have been around electronics and wires for as long as I can remember. Every once in a while we used to have excess wires which have some random issues with them (too short to be used, burnt insulation, etc) because of which they get discarded and just are stored in bulk in one corner. For my up-cycling project, I have decided to use these left out, ignored, wires and come up with a sculpture design using them. Being an engineer, it will be interesting to explore this form of an electrical wire. I plan to strip off all the insulation to keep the bare metallic look  and braid them to fit the design. Below are some braided/ twisted wire art examples, which, I shall be using as inspiration to come up with my own interpretation of using electrical wire. The aesthetic I wish to portray could be called metallic/ wire art.


Image Credits:

Featured image: Smrzik Lubomir, – Sunday Trip 🙂  (https://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DSC_1034__880.jpg)

Image 1 : ID Wire Artworks, – Wire Octopus (https://www.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/wire-art-octopus__880.jpg)

Image 2 : WireWood, – Majestic Tree (https://www.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/image1226__8801.jpg)


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  • As soon as I saw this, I got hinged to this aesthetic, this is so cool! The flexibility of wires gives immense flexibility to this art form. What I was wondering was – will there be any consideration about stability of the sculptures you intend to make – i.e. Centre of gravity (or, Centre of Mass) and how does it limits the size envelope for your possible sculptures?

  • I’m super excited to see what you come up with. Both of the inspiration photos look really cool. I love how the twisted braids imitate a swirling root in the tree example. Depending on what you make, I’d imagine some areas of the sculpture might be heavy due to the weight of all the wire. Have you considered that the wire might deform slowly over time? I’m not very experienced with electrical wire but I was just curious.


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