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bicycle measures 1.75" X1.75"

bicycle measures 1.75" X1.75"

words measure 3.25" X 5/8"

On a recent trip to the Baltic, I visited lovely Copenhagen where bicycles are the main mode of transportation for many residents. Rush hour consists of hoards of people of every size, shape and age, peddling along in huge groups toward their jobs. Bike lanes are serious business in Copenhagen. The happy and friendly personalities Danes are noted for will disappear in a flash if you step into their lane.

I came home from my vacation with the impressive image of hundreds of bicycles streaming through traffic each morning. I also returned with extra Krones which are equal to about 21 cents each. It didn’t take me long to decide what to do with them - make a bike! The .75” tires on this cute little bike are Krone coins. The rest of the project is made with various beads, wire and a decorative cone shaped end cap which forms the flower basket. You don’t need Krones to create this project. Buttons or coins from other countries can be substituted. Any disk with a hole in the center will work. The template for the bicycle shape is included to guide you through the wire work.

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Directions

step 1 - Print out the template on paper. Cut an 18 gauge wire to measure 9.50”. Wrap the wire around a knitting needle or other tube 12 times. The tube thickness should be no less than that of two pieces of wire side by side. Position the coil on the paper and mark the first bend on the wire.

step 1 - Print out the template on paper. Cut an 18 gauge wire to measure 9.50”. Wrap the wire around a knitting needle or other tube 12 times. The tube thickness should be no less than that of two pieces of wire side by side. Position the coil on the paper and mark the first bend on the wire.

step 2 - Align the wire with the template and mark the second bend. Mark the wire with a Sharpie. Remove the marks with alcohol when the project is finished.

step 2 - Align the wire with the template and mark the second bend. Mark the wire with a Sharpie. Remove the marks with alcohol when the project is finished.

step 3 - Use flat nose pliers to angle the wire on the first bend mark.

step 3 - Use flat nose pliers to angle the wire on the first bend mark.

step 4 - Slip a flat spacer bead, a coin, and another spacer bead on the wire.

step 4 - Slip a flat spacer bead, a coin, and another spacer bead on the wire.

step 5 - Center the coin over the second bend mark.  Squeeze the beads flat against the coin and press the wire flat and upwards on both sides. Use flat nose pliers to bend the wire at an angle at the top end of the template line.

step 5 - Center the coin over the second bend mark.  Squeeze the beads flat against the coin and press the wire flat and upwards on both sides. Use flat nose pliers to bend the wire at an angle at the top end of the template line.

step 6 - Use needle nose pliers to curl the wire into a round seat.

step 6 - Use needle nose pliers to curl the wire into a round seat.

step 7 - Cut a 4” piece of 18 gauge wire. Place a coin in the center of the wire with flat spacer beads on both sides. Bend the wires on both sides upward and flat.

step 8 - Insert both wire ends into the wrapped wire.

step 8 - Insert both wire ends into the wrapped wire.

step 9 - Bend both wires into a 90 degree angle. With your fingers, curve the handle bars toward the seat. Trim them if they are too long.

step 9 - Bend both wires into a 90 degree angle. With your fingers, curve the handle bars toward the seat. Trim them if they are too long.

step 10 - Wrap a 2” piece of 18 gauge wire around the upper seat post. Curve the wire across to the handle bar post and wrap it once. Cut away excess wire. Wrap a 18” piece of 22 gauge wire around the top of the handle bar post. Overlap them and twist to secure them. Trim one wire.

step 10 - Wrap a 2” piece of 18 gauge wire around the upper seat post. Curve the wire across to the handle bar post and wrap it once. Cut away excess wire. Wrap a 18” piece of 22 gauge wire around the top of the handle bar post. Overlap them and twist to secure them. Trim one wire.

step 11 - Insert the end of the other wire into the large lend of the bead cap. Bring it down and out the other end. Wrap the wire around the middle of the handle bar post. Bring the wire back up through the bead and out the top.

step 11 - Insert the end of the other wire into the large lend of the bead cap. Bring it down and out the other end. Wrap the wire around the middle of the handle bar post. Bring the wire back up through the bead and out the top.

step 12 - Slip the wire into a small colorful bead. Twist the bead to wrap the wire at its base.

step 12 - Slip the wire into a small colorful bead. Twist the bead to wrap the wire at its base.

step 13 - Continue adding colorful beads of various sizes to the wire and twisting them to wrap the wire. When you’re happy with your collection of flowers, bend them into place to form an arrangement. Cut away the excess wire and tuck the end into the flowers.

step 13 - Continue adding colorful beads of various sizes to the wire and twisting them to wrap the wire. When you’re happy with your collection of flowers, bend them into place to form an arrangement. Cut away the excess wire and tuck the end into the flowers.

step 14 - Coat the ends of the handle bars with E6000 and slip on small tube beads.

step 14 - Coat the ends of the handle bars with E6000 and slip on small tube beads.

step 15 - Secure a 7mm jump ring around the wire under the seat and attach a piece of chain. Secure another jump ring under the handle bars and attach a second chain. Adjust the length of chain to your liking and add a clasp.

step 15 - Secure a 7mm jump ring around the wire under the seat and attach a piece of chain. Secure another jump ring under the handle bars and attach a second chain. Adjust the length of chain to your liking and add a clasp.

step 16 - Create simple bicycle pedals by wrapping a 2” piece of 18 gauge wire at the bend in the center bicycle frame. Wrap the wire around once.  Use needle nose pliers to curl the wire ends and flatten them into pedal shapes.

step 16 - Create simple bicycle pedals by wrapping a 2” piece of 18 gauge wire at the bend in the center bicycle frame. Wrap the wire around once.  Use needle nose pliers to curl the wire ends and flatten them into pedal shapes.

 


Supplies

At Craft Store

  • .75” coins
  • 18 gauge round wire
  • 22 gauge round wire
  • flat spacer beads
  • 1/4” long tube beads
  • chain
  • clasp
  • 7mm jump rings
  • knitting needle
  • beads in various colors and sizes
  • cone shaped bead cap
  • E6000

At Amazon

  • jewelry pliers

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