Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tennis Racquet Press String Art

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A few months ago, I found a tennis racquet press at the thrift store. I'll admit it, I had no idea what it was. I thought it would make a neat picture frame and bought it. My husband enlightened me when he asked why I needed a racquet press when I don't play tennis. He should know better than to ask such silly questions!

I decided to use the racquet press as the base for string artwork.  The original plan was to unscrew the wing nuts and hammer small nails into the bottom piece. I quickly discovered that the nuts were not designed to be taken off.   Cutting off the ends of the screws to remove the nuts was not something I wanted to attempt.  Instead I drilled small, evenly spaced holes in the bottom half, being careful not to drill into the other piece.

Craftiments.com:  Tennis racquet press string art underside

I used red button thread to make my string art design. As you could imagine, it was time consuming to pass the thread through all of those holes, but I love how it turned out!

Craftiments.com:  Tennis Racquet Press String Art



16 comments :

  1. Cute idea - I have a couple of these in my stash because I knew one day I'd know what to do with them. Maybe I'll try string art like yours.

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    1. I'd love to see whatever you decide to with your presses! I think they have a lot of potential for neat projects.

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  2. This is such a great statement piece. How much time did it take you?

    I'd like to invite you to share is at my Pin Party.

    http://www.sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2012/07/pintastic-monday-link-party-1.html

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    1. The string design took a couple of hours. That included taking it partially apart a few times because I skipped a hole. This is not something you want to attempt when you are sleep deprived LOL!

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  3. lol, sometimes men just don't get it, do they? Such a fun project. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week~

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  4. This is really cool! I'll add it to the list :)

    -Sarah
    www.callmefudge.com

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  5. So much fun, I'd totally forgotten about those tennis racket presses! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  6. Looks great! Thank you for linking up at Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back again this week with some more great ideas.
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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  7. Kirstin!! This is soooo ORIGINAL!! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  8. this is a very interesting looking craft!
    JoAnn

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  9. This is super cool. Love it! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  10. What a cool project! I love the scrabble tiles too. Thanks so much for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party!

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  11. Another cool project! Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend!

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  12. it is realy a cool idea! Thank you!

    andthatsmine.blogspot.com

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  13. Super cute! That would make a neat quilting pattern on a modern quilt too.

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