What Crows Hath Wrought

If your crow pictures (or any artwork for that matter) don't have frames, here is an idea.

I saw something like these small pictures framed in wrought iron and thought I might be able to reproduce the look with elements from the hardware store.

rebar wire
steel-like epoxy paste (or any epoxy paste)
masking tape
permanent black marker (optional)

rod (screw driver, knitting needle, etc)
wire snips
waxed paper
single-edged razor blade
disposable gloves (optional)

Wrap rebar wire around rod. Slip off and snip wire to form jump rings. Make 2 for each pane of glass.
Tape the front of the glass with masking tape. This will allow you to handle the glass without smudging it. You'll thank me for this tip later when you need to clean everything.

With the razor blade, cut a small slice off the epoxy paste and knead it for about 1 minute. Roll into a thin snake. Place the snake on one edge of the glass and press down onto the front of the glass with your finger tips. Don't worry if some paste comes off, just patch. Trim the paste on the front with the razor blade to make a neat edge. Repeat for all four sides. Roll tiny snakes and thread them through 2 of the jump rings. Fold over and attach to the top of the paste covered glass. Put the handle of the paint brush through the rings to press the rings down into the frames. Roll the brush handle on the front of the tabs like a rolling pin to smooth the paste.
The edges will be bumpy but that gives a hand wrought iron look. Let harden for an hour. Remove the tape from the glass. If you like the dark grey, burnish with a metal spoon to give a steel look. Otherwise, color with a black permanent marker. (you can use any epoxy paste with this method) Twist a few strands of rebar to form a branch or barbed wire look. Attach the pictures with two more jump rings. Hang on your wall with a small nail.

You must cut slices off the epoxy paste; don't pinch. The paste consists of 2 parts and you need to obtain the right proportion of each. If you pinch, you run the risk of getting more of one part than the other and it won't harden. (Don't ask me how I know).

As you work with the paste, it builds up on your fingers. This build-up attracts more paste, making it difficult to work with. Changing gloves or scrubbing your hands frequently will help with this problem.


Household 6 said...

This is SO brilliant! I've never heard of or used this epoxy paste, but I'll have to go to the hardware store and look for it! Is that where you found yours, I'm guessing? Love this project!

Gail said...

This is from the hardware store. In fact it's the same stuff that Billy Mays (may he rest in peace) hawked on TV. It's like fimo dough on steroids. Don't just use it to fix things - make things!

samsstuff said...

What a great frame this would make for so many projects. Thanks for posting!

Pamela said...

I love this look!! What a fantastic idea. To the Hardware store I go!!!

SkitzoLeezra said...

I love me some crows and dig your glass homage to them!

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