Thursday, 21 August 2014

Barbed Reflections

A wreath of barbed wires to adore your reflections in the mirror


“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the spikiest of them all?”

Barbed wires! This metallic-jagged ribbon was our latest inspiration. We see them everywhere – confining our premises and protecting any intrusions. If we see them closely, they are form an intricate and braided pattern; with spikes looped around periodically. We seldom realize that so much design goes behind these wires.

In our next project, our idea was to highlight the beauty and the intricacy of these barbed wires. We decided that a simple wreath wrapped around a mirror was all that we required doing.

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 The first thing we needed was to find some barbed wires – and we found it lying abandoned and rusted right near to our building. We got nearly 10 feet of the wire. So we wounded the barbed wire into layered circles and cranked it in place with some twining wire (be extremely careful while handling barbed wires. Do wear thick hand-gloves for protection). The rustic, rusted look of the barbed-wire was looking brilliant in itself, so we avoided any further treatments or painting.

Next, we got a simple mirror - shaped circularly and sized so that it could be framed around by the barbed wire wreath.

BARBED REFLECTION_wreath of barbed wires around a mirror_diy_quirky_home_decor_quirkitdesign_mirror

 In order fix it up on the wall, all we required to do was to firstly hook up the mirror in the desired location. Once the mirror was put up, then we drilled another screw/hook a little above the mirror’s top side. Simply, then hanged the wreath on the screw/hook.

So what we get is a simple round mirror that is wrapped around by this rustic and spiky barbed wire wreath. It is somewhat an exaggerated piece of home d├ęcor; but with it hanged high and kept well out of reach – it would safely create outstanding visual curiosities that would definitely grab peoples’ attention.

BARBED REFLECTION_wreath of barbed wires around a mirror_diy_quirky_home_decor_quirkitdesign_mirror

I somehow, love the barbaric quality of this mirror. It traverses you into the world of dark fairy-tales where magic mirrors, evil queens and spiked potions prevailed.

Experimenting in our homes with various off-beat materials (like wires, pipes, ropes, etc.) would help create visual interests and they become definite ‘conversation starters’!