Go Fish!

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I got these drink coasters at a garage sale last fall and found them yesterday tucked in a drawer.  The colors are soooo inspiring and fun.  Wall hangings sell pretty good at Sunrose Gallery so I was inspired to get a piece of driftwood and play!

 

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I made sections on the driftwood with copper foil tape and painted the sections not worrying about being messy because it is a lot easier to make a mess and cover the foil tape.

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Messy me!

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The plan was to replicate a school of fish.  There are two ways to provide a way to hang things: screw eyes or loops.  I opted for copper wire loops.

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Cut a 5 inch piece of 16 gauge copper wire and use needle nose pliers to make loops making sure to go in the same direction.

 

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Cut 8 inch pieces of wire to go around the driftwood.  Make a loop on one end and wrap the wire around the driftwood and then hook around the loop end as seen on the left of the photo.

 

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Tuck the wire you made above with the loops in the middle underneath the wire encircling the driftwood and bend the end in a circle.  Do the same to the other end.

 

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Repeat for every section.

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Drill a hole in the fish coaster and secure a piece of 16 gauge copper wire looping at each end.

I had some old beaded necklaces that I cut at different lengths and hung the fish.  Some pieces of necklace I finished with a large turquoise bead.

 

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I couldn’t resist using a piece of Copper ArtEmboss that I cut in the shape of an arrow.  I embossed the words “GO FISH” and antiqued them with black felt pen.

Lastly, I attached a piece of gold necklace chain for a classy hanger.

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ArtWalk is Saturday, so I think I will get this down to Sunrose Gallery first thing tomorrow!  TGIF!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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