String art has been an interesting hobby popular since the 1980s. Today, this is experiencing a return to the big door in the world of creatives, completely delighted with the unique creations created in this way. String art is a technique of making works of art using thread, wool or soft colored wire, nails, a wooden base and a hammer. String art is an expression of love for ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) creations and above all an unusual hobby. It can be a great inspiration to all people of all generations to direct their talent to making decorative items with this technique.
At the end of the 19th century, the mathematician and inventor Mary Everest Boole created the concept of the “string art” technique. This is basically sewing curves, that is, showing curved lines by sewing. Everest Bool primarily wanted to give her students a better understanding of geometric shapes. She probably didn’t know then that one day string art would become an extremely prized art all over the world. Such interesting creations today can be a decoration, a beautiful gift, but also a profitable business.
This hobby is for people who like to work “with their hands” and express themselves so creatively. For starters, it is always recommended to spend some time researching more about this hobby on the internet or try to find pictures made in this technique. It will take time to master the technique of making. In technical terms, this can be the biggest challenge. From the idea to the first realization of the image, it always takes a year or two.
12 useful and interesting facts about String Art:
- First you need to get and prepare all the material needed for making. Then you need to make a scheme and nail the nails. Then the fun part of the job begins (rolling or knitting the picture). If you are a beginner, you will roll the first picture for a few days until you master the technique. The most challenging is to get the shape of the curve you imagine. It is not the same whether the thread is wound around the left or right side of the nail, whether the thread overlaps or goes ‘straight’, and from which nail the thread goes to which nail and the like.
- In each rolling technique a different shape is obtained. Also a challenge is to determine which part is knitted before and which part is knitted after. It is not uncommon for a beginner to unwind a picture and start over, but in a different order (or second color order) to get the structure and 3D effect you previously envisioned.
- It will take a few days for a beginner to make one picture. In time, it will take only a few hours to create a single image with the String Art method for simpler motifs. Or even 10-12 hours for more complicated image motifs. It will take 8 to 10 days to make the installation of 200×70 centimetres. It only takes a minimum of 12 hours of work to draw a diagram, and sometimes more.
- The number of nails needed to make a single image depends on the motif being made. For simpler images it is necessary to nail about 220-250 nails. For more complicated models, a lot of nails are needed, ie 350-450 pieces. Large installations will require about 1,000 or more nails and about 2,000 meters of thread. Over time, business gets better and practice is gained, and beginner mistakes become a thing of the past.
- Over time, you can make contact with the organizers of fairs and exhibitions or with souvenir shops and stores with this type of item. Then one has to wait for customer reactions and customer feedback from people who view these images / installations live. The fact is that the same 3D effect and depth of image cannot be imagined in the photos as in the images you see with your own eyes.
- Motifs on paintings made with the String Art technique can be different (nature, forest, sea, oceans, ships, shells, sea depths, anchors, etc.) or abstract paintings of various motifs and colors for people who want something more modern and different. Abstract images can be adapted to any space with color and shape. Abstract paintings or freestyle paintings fit well into any space of a home (living room, children’s room, bedroom) or office space.
- Images made in the String Art technique are less demanding than installations. Installations require more materials (nails, threads, etc.). Making installations for everyone who deals with this technique can be a challenge, but also the greatest pleasure once the installation is done. Then customer feedback is important. It is the creation of installations and individual approach to each customer (so that the motif, inscription or logo will satisfy the wishes and needs) that is something that these creators strive for in their work.
- Pay attention to your fingers and spine, as some minor finger injuries and pain (most often in the spine) can occur when taking pictures.
- Finally, it is important to say that the most important thing is the satisfaction of creatives and customers / clients. Making these pictures offers relaxation from everyday stress and worries. The whole family and friends can take part in this hobby. This will fulfill and make all the participants in this unusual and beautiful job / hobby the happiest. Success is always more beautiful when it is shared. One of the essential segments for success in this and every other business / hobby is direct contact with customers.
- In this hobby, each person from the process participants should have and do their part of the job and help each other. It takes two people to prepare a wooden base and canvas. Then schemes and nails are placed. When you have multiple images to make then everyone needs to hammer in nail-sized dimensions and sizes. Use stainless nails that can withstand higher concentrations of moisture and salt in the air. You need a hammer, pliers and a lot of good will. When a quantity is prepared one person should continue to put nails and the other person should start rolling or knitting the picture. This is followed by framing the image, which completes and rounds off the image. Some modern motifs do not require a framework. Then comes the packaging that is essential for transport so that the picture or frame is not damaged. This is followed by preparations for transport and sending to end customers. Each part of the job requires a certain amount of time, especially nailing and knitting, so making each picture takes a long time. Making a picture can be difficult and laborious, although at first glance it seems quite simple, but you should have fun and enjoy your work and follow the delivery deadlines. You will always look forward to your next orders with pleasure and pride. With new projects and orders, self-confidence will grow and you will gain the will for further perseverance and the positivity to make all the effort pay off in the end.
- The costs of doing this business are considerable. It is necessary to procure all the material, nails, threads, bases. Then you need to start working and see if the material fits. Sometimes it will be necessary to buy from scratch. It will also be necessary to create certain stocks of material over time in order to pass as little time as possible from ordering to delivery of the image to the customer. picture.
- After mastering the String Art technique and making the first paintings / installations with this technique, the idea of starting a workshop to transfer your knowledge to other people will probably arise. The idea of starting a workshop is always interesting. In addition to being present on social networks, the workshop is also a great way to promote String Art techniques and done paintings and installations. Adequate space and a lot of raw materials are needed to hold a workshop. Everyone who wants to do this job needs persistence and perseverance and should not give up. You need a wooden base and a hammer, nails, thread and a lot of good will. You will have a small factory in your home. Although it may seem simple at first glance – and it’s not. There are a lot of details that need to be paid attention to, and which are solved only by practice. There is no one-size-fits-all pattern. The way the image is rewound depends on the motif being rewound. Some pictures are wound on the principle from the first to the eighth nail, from the second to the ninth, from the third to the 10th and beyond. In some images, for example, every second or third nail is skipped when rolling. You roll most of the pictures by feeling, the way it fits at the moment. That is why the images made in this way are unique because each image is done differently.
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