The title says it all.
I recently purchased some aluminum fencing wire to try out, as steel wire tends to be very strong and somewhat hard to shape. I was going to make this sculpture a horse at first, but shortly after starting, you can see it ended up looking rather…unhorse like. What was supposed to look vaguely like a horse’s head looked like a ball of wire. So I tossed it aside in frustration and forgot about it for a few days.
Some time later, I was puttering around the studio and looked at this ball of wasted wire, trying to decide what to do with it – I hated to waste that much wire. So I started working on it some more. A few exhausted attempts later, I had made a chicken…or a duck…or a turkey… If nothing else, one can see this looks like a bird of some sort! It took some hard work to make this sculpture stand on its own. I never tried to balance a sculpture on just two points before; it’s always been four. So I had to stagger the feet so they could hold up the piece. A healthy challenge to be sure.
The aluminum wire is nice. Pretty easy to work with, but I rather like the heaviness of the steel sculptures more. This is a light as a feather (how fitting that it’s a bird). My other sculptures, such as my horse and my Texas Longhorn weigh roughly a pound. Of course, they are also considerably larger than this sculpture too.
Tools Used: a pair of needle nose pliers, wire cutter, as well as some other assorted pliers. The majority of the shaping is done by hand though. A friend suggested that I should share pictures of the tools I use for a sculpture or a drawing or whatever other art forms I’m working in. So here is a picture of my sculpting work space with all the tools and wire I am using currently. I also recently put in a vice, which is proving to be very helpful to holding the sculpture as I work. So this is what my sculpting work space looks like. Thanks, Jocelyne for suggesting that I photograph my art tools! 🙂
Bird Gone Haywire
– Made completely with 16 gauge aluminum fencing wire.
– Measures 4 inches long x 3 and 1/2 inches tall by 1 and 1/2 inches wide. It’s a little one!
It was such fun making these little three-toed feet.
Thank you for looking. Comments are always welcome and appreciated! 🙂