Julie Gurr-Willowweaver

Contemporary and Traditional Basketry

Baskets From Found Materials Week 8 – Electrical Wire

Basket Made From Electrical Wire

Basket Made From Electrical Wire

This week I have been clearing out my house because I am moving soon. I found a load of old electrical leads that I had kept because I thought they might be useful one day.

A Selection Of Old Electrical Leads

A Selection Of Old Electrical Leads

Of course every new appliance that you buy has a lead along with it so I never needed them for electricity. But they looked like they might be perfect for turning into a basket! First of all I stripped off the outer plastic layer of the cable to reveal the three coloured inner wires.

Three Inner Wires Inside The Electric Cable

Three Inner Wires Inside The Electric Cable

Then I started the basket with a circle of wire around which I looped more wire, coiling the looping stitch around itself until the basket was the desired shape and size.

Basket made from looped Electrical Wire

Basket Made From Looped Electrical Wire

The result was a good fruit bowl sized basket.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Julie,
    I am so fascinated by your electrical wire basket.
    Would you be so kindly to share your technique with us.
    Thank you.
    Juliet

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      Julie

      October 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Juliet, Its a basic looping technique around a central circle of wire and then coils upward. You can follow the pattern easily from the photo. Ill let you know if I decide to do a class teaching this technique, Julie

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