On today’s DIY list, we’re making wire sculptures! I’m demonstrating how I do this on a large scale, but you can try the same thing for tiny sculptures, too!
I started making wire sculptural pieces for a photo series, so my plan to use this wire is ultimately to be photographed. The next part of the DIY will go through how to finish the piece and photograph it.
I use chicken wire because it is malleable but strong. It can be cumbersome to work with but once you get the hang of it, it molds into shape.
Step 1: Separate the edges of the wire from the roll.
Step 2: Bend the sharp edges inward for safe handling using either your gloved hands or pliers.
Step 3: Roll out the wire. As you go, bend it backward so that it doesn’t curl in on itself.
Step 4: Cut the wire away from the roll when it reaches your desired length.
Step 5: Bend the newly sharp edges inward for safety.
Step 6: Start bending the wire into the shape you want, hooking the wire to itself via the cut edges to hold it in place.
Step 7: Finalize the shape and admire your handy work!
My sculpture doesn’t look like much, but that is because it is only half finished and is meant to be extremely abstract. Remember, you can sculpt anything from abstract creations to little animals and more!
In the next blog about wire sculpting, I will show you how you can coat your sculpture to finish it. Here are two options:
Paper mache is a great choice for coating your wire sculpture. It can be done with newspaper and glue, or you can get the heavy duty stuff for things like body casting. Either way, this technique can be done simply and is great to utilize if you plan on painting it.
Because of the nature of my sculpture, I’ll probably opt for using spray foam. My final sculpture will be covered in mushrooms, and I want to keep the organic flow of it alive.
I hope this was helpful, and I can’t wait to see what wire sculptures you make!
Please share below if you have an idea,
tips for wire sculpting, or if you finish a piece!
I’ll be back soon with Part 2 of “How to Make a Wire Sculpture”!