Vol draadwerk!

“Ek is vol draadwerk!”  In Afrikaans the word means wire-work.  The sentence says: “I am full of wire-work” which translates to: “I am full of nonsense!”

Quite a mouthful!  Yet I decided to convert it to something positive.  For the last few weeks we have been dealing with the message of the Kingdom in church.  The verse from John 16:33 stuck with me:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!”

So I got this idea to use the latter part of the verse in an artwork for the hallway.


You need:

  1. Rusted wire
  2. Pliers
  3. Side cutters
  4. Wood board

Rusted wire

I started cutting the wire and started forming the letters with the pliers.  You have to bend and turn them as you see fit.



After about 20 minutes and sore hands I managed to complete the sentence:

Then I glued the letters onto a wooden strip:


Then I hung it above the frames in the hallway:


There you go! Quick and easy and cheap “draadwerk!”  I pass that wall so many times a day and the words remind me that no matter how tough the day is…I can overcome it!

Go on and try it!

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