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  • ArameD commented on ArameD's instructable 1949 Allard M Wire Sculpture1 year ago
    1949 Allard M Wire Sculpture

    I start off with some images of the item I'm making, from many angles. A good method is to make screen grabs of a video, which is usually possible with cars.I start with the grill as its the signature of most cars, then determine the scale from that. Don't go to big unless you have lots of time. If you see my huge Klein Bottle you can see how many joints I had to make.If you are not sure make a simple mock up and see how long it takes before embarking on the proper version.You need a soldering iron3 armssome wooden blocksa small vicea benchMentholated SpiritRagsSome small filesSharp side cutters big and small.Galvanized wire in a few sizes from 1 mm to 3 mmYou can get all this from any hardware store or DIY shopBest to pre-sand the wire with a rubbing down cloth, of some fine Emery cl...

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    I start off with some images of the item I'm making, from many angles. A good method is to make screen grabs of a video, which is usually possible with cars.I start with the grill as its the signature of most cars, then determine the scale from that. Don't go to big unless you have lots of time. If you see my huge Klein Bottle you can see how many joints I had to make.If you are not sure make a simple mock up and see how long it takes before embarking on the proper version.You need a soldering iron3 armssome wooden blocksa small vicea benchMentholated SpiritRagsSome small filesSharp side cutters big and small.Galvanized wire in a few sizes from 1 mm to 3 mmYou can get all this from any hardware store or DIY shopBest to pre-sand the wire with a rubbing down cloth, of some fine Emery cloth so the galvanizing is clean, so paint will stick and the solder will flow well. I also wipe down each piece with Meths.I prefer curvy subjects as the wire is naturally curved, so old style distinct cars, animals and such are good subjects.Tip they look much worse unpainted than they do after painting. This means you will tend to over tidy the joints which I suppose is not a bad thing as it adds quality to the finished items.I have added some images with and without paint.

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