Playing with wire is a lot of fun. I usually just use wire in jewelry-making but I decided to try something new. I made this little bird-nesty tealight holder. Actually, it doesn't hold anything, it just fancies up a tealight. "Tealight fancy-er" :)
Supplies: Wire (18 gauge, really thick!), tea light, spray paint, pliers & wire cutters (or a 3-in-1 jewelry tool)
Step 1: Use the tea light to shape a circle slightly bigger than the tea light, which will be the base of your holder.
Step 2: Hold the wire circle with pliers and with the other hand, wrap around several times. If you find a cylindrical object that gives the right size, that would be amazing and make this go very quickly.
Step 3: Wrap as many times as you want. Play with it, pull the wires up and out, whatever you want. You can always put it back the way you had it. I almost stopped here because I really like the messy look on the right. But I decided to dress it up a bit more.
As you can see, I flattened my wire a bit, squishing it all together.
Step 4: Cut a little piece of wire, form a hook and wrap it around your wire circle. You will need to use the pliers to hold the hook in place while you wrap.
Step 5: Repeat Step 4 as many times as you want. I ended up with two hook wraps (I just made that term up, so start spreading it. ;) ).
Step 6: Spray paint!
I would love to do a pillar candle! But that would take a ton of wire. I think these could have a nice impact if you made a bunch for a party tablescape. This one did not take long at all but if I had to make tons, I would find an object to form the shape. That would make wrapping the wire much faster.
Also, how cute would it be to glue a little bird or egg onto the side? Yeah, I know, cute.