Coloring Metal Wires

by Wire Art

   Amman, Jordan

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Wire Art

Jordan

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Help artisans in Jordan to have a sustainable business! Can you provide an efficient method to color the wires used wire sculpting? Wire art artisans in Jordan suffer from the rising prices of different wires or materials which have different colors.

This is an invitation to art enthusiasts and artists to provide a new method to color the wires in different colors to avoid the need for expensive materials (such as copper), for a chance to win a reward of 800 USD in collaboration with EXPO 2020 to implement the solution. Please read the following for more details!

Background

The wire has many uses in art, it dates back to the Pharaonic and Babylonian civilizations when it was used to make jewelry. Nowadays wires are not limited to jewelry as many artisans integrated wires in their various projects such as wire sculptures and figurines. The wires used in such projects are made of different materials (Copper, Aluminum, Iron, etc..), each material has its own distinguished color and its own price.

 

Wire artists in Jordan suffer from the high prices of colored wires. These wires are used to give a variation of colors in their products along with attractive artistic look, thus forcing the artists to use expensive colored wires in order to sell their products which will be consequently high in prices to compensate their expenses. This will affect the selling rate and decrease the market for these artistic authentic products, which may lead to the extinction of the art itself. So the wire artists need new methods to change the color of the regular cheap wires to a variety of other colors to replace the expensive ones and reduce the production cost which will significantly reduce their selling prices and increase their productivity.

The Challenge

To provide and test a new cost-effective method to color thin metal wires used in model making and wire sculptures, taking into account the following points to provide the solution:

  • Durable colors

  • Cost effective methods

  • Maintaining the flexibility of the wires

  • Simple and safe techniques

  • Easy to replicate

  • Does not require any special tools or equipment

  • Priority will be given to solutions with the most variety of colors

Reward and Conditions

The winner will receive a reward of 800 USD to implement the solution in cooperation EXPO 2020, according to the following conditions:

  1. The solution should meet the aforementioned criteria.

  2. The solution should include a clear plan of action including implementation stages, timeline, required tools/materials, estimated budget, and technical support required (if applicable).

  3. The reward will be given in installments, in accordance with milestones set by the innovator(s) according to their plan of action.

  4. As per our platform Terms and Conditions, in case the intellectual property rights are not registered, the innovator should include the minimum details required to judge the technical validity and feasibility of the solution without full technical specifications.



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