Wire Sculptures.





Introduction: Wire Sculptures.

About: I'm just me...and I suck at self promotion. So that's about as far as my "about me" is going to get for now.

Wishing I had time to document the process and enter the wire contest! There's not much to the process though, make a wire "skeleton" and then wrap wires around until you get the thickness you require. No real knowledge required so have a go if you are so inclined.

Guess I'll just show off a few pictures. These are mostly older works...the first 3 pics are of a dragon, then there's a sort of unrealistic lizard, a primed octopus on the "ocean floor amid the sea weed" (aka a CD), then there are 3 pics of a...flying wyvern? unpainted (it's actually coated in a rubberized truck bed liner now but haven't gotten around to taking a pic yet) and lastly, 3 pics of an unfinished Praying Mantis on a Maple Leaf (probably never finish it, started years ago).



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    I am trying to put together a You tube channel with my wire projects....you may find this interesting..... https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqf6kqHyo0sW94-YcyMyxuQ


    mega cool, many thanks for the insirational work

    Do you just use one section of wire, or do you use different segments? Do you use JB weld or just layer the segments?

    they are cool

    i have tried similar sort of concepts to make wire armatures out of paper clips (it was quite difficult as i am only twelve and they were not bending very well) and then went over them in a two part epoxy called green stuff


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    Sorry for the late reply, never got the email notification and haven't been around much lately.

    Yeah, I do a bit of sculpting with greenstuff/magic sculpt/polymer clay too. I started forming wires with bits of fencing from the school yard and the tie downs from toy boxes when I was 6 or 7 but didn't start doing stuff like this until more recently after my armatures started to get more complex...eventually I was bulking out the armature more and more with wire and it started to look like the stuff I was planning on doing with clay or putty. Sort of an odd but natural progression.

    You can get spools of wire from the hardware store (usually too thick for 28mm scale models though, if that's what you're sculpting), art and craft shops in the floral section or in the floral section of larger stores, like Walmart etc (shiny steel, various sizes, quite thin, good for smaller sculpts). You can also find mid-range wires in the automotive section of various stores too (good for either smaller or larger sculptures), galvanized and aluminum usually. I'd suggest you avoid brass and copper.

    Aluminum is very soft, might be too soft if you've got a heavy hand while sculpting, but it should hold strong after you get an initial layer of putty on it, if you build up multiple layers. Galvanized and shiny steels are fairly strong but easy enough to form with fingers and easy as pie with pliers. You can bend a bit to test it before you take it to the cash register....if you want to get your hands on an easier wire to work with for your armatures, that's what I'd suggest. The aluminum armature wire from the arts and crafts shops is super expensive, you'll want to avoid that stuff. The other options I mentioned run about $3 to $7 here in Canada and the 20 gauge will probably be around 90 yards, the 30 gauge is probably 15 times that length, so, they'd last a LONG time using paperclip lengths.

    Very cool sculptures. I hope you do make time for a fully documented instructable.

    Lovely work...has a real futuristic look to it.
    What Gauge and type of wire do you use?

    I regularly work with silver plated copper wire making jewellery and very small items but you've inspired me to give sculpture a go ....but maybe on a smaller scale

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    Most of what I've done has been smaller bugs and lizards and such. 1" to 2" but I give them away and always forget to take pictures. It's good to do while watching TV or anytime you're sitting around, just print off a reference pic if needed, at least, that's what I do.

    I use a wide variety of gauge and type wire. Most often galvanized steel from the hardware/automotive store/section. Anywhere from about 16 gauge down to about 30 gauge (1.29 mm/0.050 inch down to 0.255 mm/0.0100 inch). The rust with copper, the brittleness of brass, the black coating on aluminum that prevents good paint adhesion, the too hard to bend nature of stainless steel (and it's hard to find) are reasons I don't use those on a regular basis. I've wanted to start using the coloured copper and aluminum craft wire but haven't gotten around to it. Plans to get some yellow, orange, red, purple, white and black to do a phoenix are stuck in my head though...anyway, smaller gauge is always easier. Smaller gauges can be found at the local hobby store, craft section...the floral section of Walmart/Michaels and the like usually have 20 to 30 gauge, thicker head to Rona/Home Hardware/Home Depot. Bare wire is so cheap I don't think it's worth stripping electrical wire, but it is easier to obtain sometimes...and free, being used instead of filling up the landfill, so, if you want to do that, I wouldn't object. You probably know to avoid "aluminum armature wire" from the art stores but I'll just note here that it is very expensive from what I've seen, compared to the online craft wires and such.

    I'd recommend starting out with something like a 20, 24 or 26, and a 30 gauge. They're about $2-3 CAD/US each.

    Generally, I just try to match the wire to the part I'm twisting up, so as you might notice, toes and fingers tend to be much thinner than the wires for the legs/arms/body. As you wrap more and more layers of wire around each other, it gets less and less stable and uniform, so, to make life easy, it's just a good idea to use a thicker wire for thicker parts (if you want it to look more uniform).

    Make sure to post what you come up with somewhere on the site. ")

    Feel free to hit me up for any questions/issues that arise. Good luck.

    Great stuff - all of these are fantastic. I especially like the little details like the feet on the wyvern. :)

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    Thanks Jessy. I'm glad some of the details are showing through my blurry pictures. Better yet, they're being noticed and appreciated!

    When I start my next project I do plan on documenting the process with some better pics to do an instructible. Incorporating as much as I can of Penolopy Bulnick's suggestion for other sorts of results (looks like the comment has disappeared, she suggested doing some instructions on techniques with examples of what you can do with them). But that's a while off yet.