butterflly house

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butterflly house

butterfly house enjoy

Rick Crawford's picture

Very Nice!! I can't see the

Very Nice!! I can't see the base too well, have you got more shots showing it better? Was this a mesh tube or did you weave this yourself? Quite an interesting idea there.

Rick Crawford at Smoky Forge

B.J. Severtson's picture

Thank you

The piece starts as wire, I braided it. yes I'll post some more pics of it. Just a little busy around here this evening. It's just sitting on the stand to get it's picture taken. It is meant to hang in a space over a counter in the kitchen. thanks again Brad

mele miller's picture

This is pretty, I think it

This is pretty, I think it will look really nice hanging. Is there anyway to get a closer picture of the weaving?

Fred Zweig's picture

Brad, Very industrious and


Very industrious and a new direction. That is what I love about metalwork and the creative process. Congratulations. I like the form and the look.


Fred Zweig

B.J. Severtson's picture

Thank you

My pleasure. My sketch books begin to combine with the metal. Did you see the shadow? reminds me of the sketch. A treat I hadn't expected. Thanks again enjoy Brad

bubbas55's picture

butterfly house

ridgeview arts
great woven butterfly house. ive done some wire weaving and still am enchanted by the possibilities. what guage wire did you use on this. did you have a form to weave around.
ron newton

Paula's picture

i'm impressed

after really looking at this, it looks complicated...is it? was it difficult to get the shape while weaving?
Guthrie, MN

scrollerbear's picture

Woven like a true gentleman!

Woven like a true gentleman! I really like it and appreciate the difficulty in what you have done. I have attempted to do weaving with copper wire and decided that I had better move on to something else.


B.J. Severtson's picture

Thank you for your interest.

This piece begins as 22 four foot pcs of 12 gauge copper wire. These wires are then folded in half and run through the rolling mill until they are 2.5 mm wide and each 1/2 strand becomes a little over 3 feet long.. I work over wooden stakes that I made from discarded furniture, bed posts to table legs. The technique is more closely related braiding than to weaving, though both techniques do have warp and weft strands. This type of braid is the same as that used in making a bullwhip, coaxial cable or tiny stent I have in an artery in my heart. There are more of these coming. I'll try to get some process shots. The process isn't particularly complicated, very repetitious in fact. It's just that the lines occupy 3d space they then inter play with each other and create a form. There are 5 annealings involved in the process. It's a lot like drawing in 3d, plus you get to use a hammer... Brad