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Plenty of 16 Ga. Dark Annealed Wire (I bought the 2lb reel). OKay. So now that this project is done, I can tell you I HATE THIS WIRE for this project. It is too stiff and hard to shape and really beat up my hands and fingers! I suggest a covered clothesline wire or floral wire. I saw some colored floral wire at the Dollar Store and am going to try it out again with that I think. But, for the sake of accuracy in the tutorial, I used the 16 Ga. wire from Home Depot for this project.
Pliers or jewelry tools are helpful for twisting the wire ends.
And thats it. Simple and cheap. Now the fun part…
Step 1: Making the Base
1. The first thing I did was make a wire circle to use as my base. Depending on how large you want your animal head you can determine the size of your base. I also was sure to add a little loop up at the top of the base for hanging.
Step 2: Building the Neck
2. The next thing I did was build a neck. I used 4 equal lengths of wire and attached them to the base. I curved them slightly so that they weren’t sticking straight out of the base but concave in a bit as a neck of an animal does. Then I made another circle (slightly smaller than the base circle) and attached it to the ends of the neck wires.
Step 3: Start Building the Head/Face
3. Then I started building the head. Following somewhat my inspiration pic, I built the head using curving pieces. First, one coming up from the neck to form the chin piece, then two others curving down from the top of the head to the chin piece.