METAL WALL ART MATERIALS
• 36x48-inch galvanized-steel flat sheet • Snips
• Protective eyewear
• Drill and bit
• Jump rings, 8 mm and 12 mm • Needle-nose pliers
• Spray primer
• Gold spray paint
• Acrylic rod with rings
Step 1 Mark a grid of lines every 4 inches on sheet metal. Wear gloves while cutting out the squares using snips. Drill small holes into all four corners of each square.
Step 2 Bend the squares on the diagonal (as diamond shapes) by using a scrap piece of wood or something with a sturdy 90-degree edge as a guide.
Aim for or near 90 degrees. Bend half the squares with the marker lines on the back and the other half with the marker lines on the front.
Step 3 Turn all marker lines to the back, and use 8-mm jump rings to join the diamonds at all corners, creating a pattern with every other row folded down and then up in an accordionfold look. Leave empty spaces in the artwork for an organic effect.
Step 4 Prime the artwork’s front side, let dry, then spray-paint it gold. Let dry. Attach the drapery rings to the top of the artwork using larger jump rings.
Step 5 Hang from rod installed on wall.
ANGLE FINDER This 3-D accent wall, left, made by attaching 1×1s to a wall, harkens back to high school geometry class. Plan your design on a piece of graph paper first. Follow your own mathematical muse, or do what we did: Divide the wall into two triangles with a diagonal line (see Diagram A, opposite, for reference). Solve for the equation A2+B2=C2 to find its length. For our 8×8-foot wall, the lower-left-totop-right diagonal is 11 feet 4 inches. We divided the half below the diagonal into three even sections—two equilateral triangles (bottom left and upper right), with a middle section extending to the bottom right corner of the wall. Above the diagonal line, we created a large equilateral triangle on the left side, then divided the remaining portion in half again. Within each section we applied boards in vertical, horizontal, or diagonal orientations. Cut the 1×1s and miter ends to fit. Sand, prime, and paint the pieces in semigloss. Use a nail gun and finish nails to install on the wall, painted with a flat finish. Fill and paint nail holes. The flat versus semigloss sheen creates additional dimension and makes the trim more durable—the fingerprints from installation and dust easily wipe away on the shiny finish.
INTO THE FOLD An intricately folded paper lampshade, left and opposite, covers a low-wattage bulb and pendant light kit with origami styling. Start with sheets of 98-pound or
160 GSM paper (cardstock is too rigid). Our 12×501/2-inch paper and the 21/2-inch spacing for folds is the right scale for a pendant light. Find our marking and scoring guide to finish the project, along with the how-to video at BHG.com/ PaperShade. Be certain to mark and score folding lines very carefully—we used a gold marker and the wrong side of a crafts knife for the job (A). After you’re done scoring and folding, thread the shade onto the pendant cord, then use string to tie the shade together at the top, holding its shape.
GEOMETRIC DOME Put paper shapes under glass for an artful display of your folding skills, left. Print out our templates of an octahedron (yellow), tetrahedron (light aqua), icosahedron (light pink), dodecahedron (beige), hexagonal prism with pyramid ends (dark aqua), and dihexagonal dipyramid (dark red) directly onto cardstock. (Find templates for shapes and a how-to video for creating the cloche artwork at BHG.com/Cloche.) Cut out shapes with a crafts knife (precision is key) and fold, keeping fold lines to the inside of each shape. Glue each tab as directed, holding each in place for 30 seconds to let glue set up. Use a toothpick to spread the glue carefully onto the tabs to keep the outside of the shapes clean. Insert 16-gauge or florists wire into the bottom of each shape; add a tiny drop of hot glue to hold wire in place, if desired. To determine placement inside cloche, make a paper template of the cloche bottom and place it atop a piece of foam (A). Poke wires through paper into foam until desired wire spacing and placement is determined. Use the paper template to show you where to drill holes in the cloche bottom. Install wire ends into the drilled holes with a tiny drop of hot glue (B). Cover with the glass dome.
A cast-concrete dodecahedron, above, makes for a shapely—and sturdy— objet d’art. Using the template available at BHG.com/Concrete, print and cut two shapes from cardboard (we used a shipping box from the recycle bin, ensuring the inside face was clean and smooth). Fold each shape and cover all seams (to avoid leakage) with duct tape on the outside of the cardboard (A). Duct tape the two halves together and remove one of the pentagons to allow access to the inside of the cardboard mold (B). Mix a 4:1 ratio of quick-drying cement to water (look for pudding consistency) and spoon into the mold, tapping to eliminate air bubbles. Let dry 24 hours, then remove from mold.
AB APPLY STICK-ON RUBBER FEET TO PREVENT CHIPPING OR SCRATCHING. USE GORILLA GLUE TOSECURE THEM.