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Brass House Ornament

Photography: Ryan Liebe

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Sources

Round brass tubing, by K & S Precision Metals, 7/32 inch by 12 inches, from $2 each, acehardware.com
Large-diameter mini tube cutter, by HDX, $11; and twisted mason line, in Pink and Orange, from $4.50, homedepot.com

 

materials

  • Marker

  • 3 pieces round brass tubing, 12 inches each

  • Ruler

  • Pipe cutter

  • Gold wire, 24 gauge

  • Mason's twine

steps

  1. Using marker, mark five 4-inch-long sections on tubing, then mark sections that measure 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/4, 2, and 2 1/4 inches.

  2. Place tubing into pipe cutter; align blade with first marking on tubing. Tighten pipe cutter until blade just touches tubing. Rotate tube to score it, tighten pipe cutter slightly, and rotate again. Repeat until tubing is cut.

  3. Cut a 3 1/2-foot piece of wire. Bend wire at center 90 degrees. Thread a 4-inch tube onto each end. Bend both ends of wire again 90 degrees to form a square; add a 4-inch tube to each side. Twist two ends of wire together so tubing forms a square.

  4. Thread one end of wire through another 4-inch tube, forming one side of roof.

  5. Thread other end of wire back through top horizontal 4-inch tube. Then thread through 3/4-inch, 1 1/4-inch, and 1-inch tubes. Bend wire 90 degrees to the right to form corner of chimney, thread on 1/2-inch tube, bend wire down 90 degrees, and add 2 1/4-inch tube. Thread wire back through 1 1/4-inch tube, then through 2-inch tube. Twist the two wire ends together to form roof peak.

  6. Tie 4-inch piece of wire to end of 3 1/2-foot length of twine; use wire as a needle to thread twine through tubes, starting and ending at the top of the roof. When you reach starting point, tie off. Use excess twine to hang ornament.

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