by Tammy Taylor
Recently I wrote about framing a very large mirror with wood removed from our 1880’s barn during it’s exterior renovations. The mirror included embellishment using our Elwood barbed wire dating back to 1882. We enjoy using items from our ranch’s past and bring them close to us in our home.
I had seen decorative crosses in the shops that were fashioned with barbed wire and I thought it would be very cool to do this ourselves with our very old authentic barbed wire. We went hunting for some of this wire which still has a presence in some of our cross fences. Once we had a section of wire we brought it back to the house and went to work. It’s very old so the twisting and turning had to be done gently. A couple of our early attempts broke and we had to start over, but I love the way this one turned out. It’s simple, beautiful and very meaningful to us.
We decided to try a different design without so many twists and turns. The one below was fashioned with three similarly-sized stones found on our ranch that were wired to the middle to represent Christ’s journey – Red for His crucifixion and blood shed, Black for His death and burial and of course White for His resurrection. What a meaningful wall decoration – we love it.
This art looks perfect on our wall and it brings some of the old-time history of our ranch closer to home. Of course the design fits perfectly with our preferred rustic decor and its meaning touches our hearts. Win / Win!
NOTE: We sometimes have crafts using this 1880’s barbed wire on our ebay store, so be sure to check it out!