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I want to use expanded Steel Lath as an armature for a sculpture. How much can I (de)form it? Answered

I want to do a panel with "hills" and "valleys,"  making indentations the size of soup bowls, maybe a bit bigger.  Can I "push" or "pull" metal lath that much?  I know I cant do this with hardware cloth, and chicken wire is not robust enough. 

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Re-designBest Answer (author)2010-07-30

You may be able to do what you want but you'll have to plan ahead. You can collapse it quite a bit but you won't get very much stretch out of it unless you compress it some first then stretch it back out where you want it to grow.

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steveastrouk (author)2010-07-31

Its pretty adjustable, but be careful, the damned stuff is really sharp !

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rickharris (author)2010-07-31
depending on how strong you need the structure to be why not start with balled up newspaper and over lay that with strips and sheets of paper soaked in 50:50 PVA glue and water.

This can be strong enough to stand on when dry.

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