You’ve met Little Ellie, now meet Big Ellie. Larger, chunkier, and a little more flashy about her accessories, her ears a bit too large, her trunk a bit too long, Big Ellie is not to be outdone. 🙂
-Measures approximately 7 inches long x 4 1/4 inches tall x 4 1/2 inches wide.
-Made with 17 gauge steel fencing wire (silver colored, which only shows in a couple of tiny areas…this was strictly the “skeleton” of the sculpture), 16 gauge dark annealed wire, 19 gauge dark annealed wire (I’m on a black wire kick, I guess! 🙂 ), and fine black wire for embellishment attachment and detail. Her ears are a pair of large, heart-shaped earrings that I picked up recently, and her trunk is made with chain from the same necklace that I used for Little Ellie’s trunk. Unlike Little Ellie, Big Ellie’s trunk swings freely so that you can move it around as you please. In the photos, you can see that I had fun putting her trunk into different positions as I photographed her – it seems to alter her expressions. Her tusks are made from a single hoop earring. I only had the one earring (found in a lot of broken jewelry), but really liked the look of it. For whatever reason, I decided to pull it sort of straight – I do a lot of random tinkering to see how a material holds up – and found that this earring was actually a hollow tube. It twisted just so when I pulled it, and I liked the new shape of it. I snipped it in half with my wire cutter, pinched the ends closed, and there you have it – tusks! There is, as usual with my elephant sculptures, a bit of chain for the tuft of the tail. And finally, Big Ellie is wearing a pretty green and pink flower on her head, which is a pin that I wired into place to doll her up a little.
Thank you for looking. 🙂