My school still has a forge in the basement, and I was finally lucky enough to get into the blacksmith/forging seminar. It was pretty sweet! This is what I made:
I made it by drawing out the shape I wanted and imitating that with the metal. I did the twists on the ends first and finished with the bend at the top. I used 32 inches of quarter inch round. When it was finished, I pounded down the top and bottom, and drilled holes through so I could mount it to my door. The whole thing is 11 inches tall.