Wire Mesh Purse
In this project, Jana Ewy shows how to sew together a wire mesh purse.
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Project designed and demonstrated by Jana Ewy.
Materials and Tools:
Amaco WireForm black mesh
Amaco 1/8" soft aluminum modeling (armature) wire
Amaco 24-gauge black and silver wire
chip board or heavy cardboard
black nylon cord
black heavy thread or floss
black acrylic paint
1/16" hole punch
ruler or tape measure
1. Draw two ovals onto chip board and mark places for holes around the edge, about 1/8" from the edge.
2. Cut out the ovals. Punch holes in the places you marked.
3. Paint and seal oval chipboard pieces.
4. Cut mesh pieces. The purse body is 6"x 6" and the purse flap is 2-3/4"x 6".
5. Form the mesh body around one oval and stitch together with double thread using an overhand stitch. Repeat with second oval.
6. Cut five 8-inch lengths of modeling wire. Using round-nose pliers, form into two "S" shapes and three heart shapes.
8. Arrange and attach the two "S" shapes to the remaining heart by wrapping with silver wire. Attach with wire along purse flap.
9. Cut a 36" length of black wire and create a spiral hinge by wrapping wire around a 1/4" rod.
10. Attach the purse flap to the body with the spiral hinge.
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