Black Horse Wire Sculpture

25 Feb

Here is one of my newer sculptures.  I have struggled to get good photos of this one as its dark color likes to silhouette against the stark white snow.

So this sculpture has been in the works, with some long, long breaks between, since last August.  I had tried to get it done in time for my art show, but it didn’t make it.  Once the show was done, my wire sculptures took a long break.  Finally I got back to this one and finished it.  It is made mostly with dark annealed wire, which looks brownish-black.  The foundation of the horse is done with the steel silver wire.  The reason for this is because the dark annealed wire is slightly oily, which makes it slick.  It’s also more flexible, causing it to twist more easily, which makes for a less stable sculpture.  I decided to leave the silver wire showing through in the legs to suggest white socks on the horse, as well as a spot on the forehead of the horse to suggest a white star.  That star mostly disappears behind the mane, so it isn’t very noticeable.

I purposely made this horse’s snout a little heavy and droopy to suggest a laid-back, stocky sort of appearance.  The dark annealed wire is one gauge larger than the steel wire, so it’s bulky and less forgiving.  It gave this horse a stockier build than some of my previous sculptures.

I used chain from Jo-Ann Fabrics for the mane and tale.  When I see chain in this brownish-black color, I snap it up because it’s kind of hard to find.

The sculpture measures 6 and 1/2 inches tall by 9 inches long by 2 inches wide.  These sculptures seem to always end up that size. 🙂

Thank you for looking!



Posted by on February 25, 2014 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media


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2 responses to “Black Horse Wire Sculpture

  1. janukke

    February 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    This is great! Your sculptures are amazing. 🙂

    • Jenna

      February 25, 2014 at 4:39 PM

      Wow, Jana, that was fast! 🙂 Thank you so much for the kind comments!


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