Wiry Basics – Stake & strand

This week I started a simple stake and strand basket using brown electrical cable (obtained from recent cable disassemblage; see post ) as weft and reclaimed galvanised 0.5mm diameter x 30mm steel wire rods as stakes.

The hardest and possibly the most important part is the beginning, establishing a stable core which was quite tricky with the fine wire rods as these kept moving around; in addition the slippery electrical cable casing was not sufficient to keep the rods in place. After a fiddly start this developed into quite a stable structure, but again, quite flexible with potential for moulding and contouring. This sample may be progressed to a bigger basket formation in the future.

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