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When An Idea Takes Hold of Me

 

Last night I found myself with spare time. I’m waiting for a couple items to arrive for me to finish a couple sculptures and begin a wall hanging for a local lady. I wanted to work on something, but wasn’t sure what.

So I just started working with the wiretap see what’d happen. I decided to make a raven. I began by making the feet.

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I wrapped the basic armature for the body, and that’s when things shifted.

I no longer wrapped a raven. I thought, surely it’s still bird. I wrapped and wrapped. The wire wove itself together as I discovered what was there. I still thought those were bird claws, I thought maybe a cockatrice was taking shape. But the more I played with it, the more the wire built it out, the more obvious it was that a dragon was living in my workshop!

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Keep in mind, this is still only the armature. There’ll be so much more detail, more structure once she’s complete. In this picture, you’ll see her head is turned back to look behind her, her wings are folded and dragging on the ground behind her, and her tail is off the ground.

I can hardly wait to get back to work on her!

 

Signing Sculptures

I’m trying to decide if I should sign my sculptures, and if so, how. I’ve tried a couple different ideas, including writing my name or initials in wire, and attaching to a sculpture, but many times I just don’t like the way it looks on the finished piece. I can sign the sculptures with bases, but not all pieces have bases. I can sign the bottom, but sometimes that’s not realistic either. And what’s the point of putting a signature where it can’t be seen?

I do have a style that’s unique to me (at least as far as I’ve come across) so most of my sculptures would be identifiable as mine to anyone who knows wire, but what about for those who don’t know wire? Does it matter?

This is my struggle right now. Trying to decide what to do for the future. trying different techniques with each piece right now, seeing if there’s something I like.

I’d love any feedback or ideas you have.

 

Keeper

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Keeper is a shy fairy that’s waiting for her baby to be born. She sits in her garden home with her wings gently protecting her and her unborn baby. But don’t let her delicate looks deceive you! She takes her job of protecting and keeping her garden safe very seriously.

This fairy was so much fun to make and she’ll always have a special place in my heart!

First Wire Workshop

I hosted my first ever wire workshop for homeschoolers yesterday and it was a success!

I absolutely love working with wire and really want to share that with others, and who better to share it with than homeschoolers?!?!

I’d never done anything like this before. So it was a trial in many ways.

The allotted time was an hour, though I was prepared to have extra time, and it’s a good thing I did! I had everything set up either at the table or on my counter close at hand. This worked in many ways, but in the future I will have tools and safety glasses on the table, and nothing else until a after I’ve explained the safety rules and how to use the tools properly. One of my nice fine cutters is now notched and pretty much unusable because it was used to (try) to cut 14 gauge steel (vs 26 gauge dead soft wire). Opps. I did have the foresight to only have my back-up tools out for students, so at least I don’t need to run out and replace them right away.

I had a few of my sculptures and other wire on display to give students a chance to see different methods of creating with wire. I also had a pile of different wire available to look at. I liked this set up, but think I will have the display items in a different spot next time to allow people to look at their leisure without interfering in the work of others.

I think some children preferred hammering the wire than twisting, this interfered with both general conversation and instruction. Next time I will have a separate area for hammering so it won’t directly impact others to the same degree.

The actual wire working part of the workshop was free form. A chance to play with the wire, see what you can do, not necessarily have a specific finished item at the end of the workshop. For the students, aged 10 and under, this seemed to work great. In order to offer a class with a finished product at the end of it, I’d need to have higher fees to cover the cost, and we’d need a much longer time to finish depending on the product.

I did demonstrate how to make a simple rose ring, and many of the people opted to make one of their own.

The workshop didn’t go exactly the way I envisioned, but overall it went well. I’m really excited to plan the next one and see how it goes once I make these changes!

Pocket Faun

This sweet little guy got caught in the last snow storm. And no wonder! He’s so tiny one wrong step and he’d sink out of sight in moments. When I pulled him outta the snow he was half froze and starving. After a little food and drink and a nice cozy spot next to the fire, he perked right up! In no time at all he was playing some music dancing all the while.

When you look t him, it really does look as though he’s bobbing along to his own music. He can either be mounted on a stand, like this beautiful piece of driftwood, or he can sit right on whatever shelf you want.

This pocket faun sits roughly 4inches tall when not on a base, he could go with you anywhere and everywhere bringing laughter and fun along for the ride.

Below you’ll see the finished faun sitting on a base. Without a base he sits with his feet dangling over the edge of a shelf, or as in the picture above. He’s about 10cm (3.5in) tall when sitting and fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. His horns, hooves, and flute are bronze wire, details are copper wire, the rest of his body is made with galvanized steel. The wire is all coated to maintain colour without developing a patina.

 

 

 

 

 

Available for $80 without base

Danu

When I first began wrapping Danu, I didn’t know who she’d be. I didn’t know she was the mother of fairies. I didn’t know what she’d mean to me.

It has been a beautiful gift to hold 4 of my babies in my arms, but there are 5 I’ve never held, and more I longed for. Those babies had meaning and I hold a place in my heart for them, but they were not meant for this world.

That is why Danu came to visit me. She has given me a place to put my hopes and dreams for my many babies and has brought so much joy and beauty in return. When placed in your garden she will bring richness, inspiration, and hope.

This beautifully wrapped wire fairy is 40cm tall and 36cm wide, she leans forward as waves of contractions roll over her, strengthening her for what is to come.

If you look closely, you’ll notice the wee copper babe inside waiting to be born.

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Her body is made of galvanized steel wire, her wings are plated gold and plated copper. All of the wire is designed to stand the test of time, though eventually a natural patina will developing enhance the beauty of this piece. If kept inside, the wire will retain it’s original colours much longer.

 

 

Danu is available for $300 shipping within Alberta only, free pick-up in the greater Edmonton, Alberta area.

 

Artist Progression

Wow! What a year it’s been! I never dreamed my sewing hobby would ever lead me in the direction it did, yet here I am! And I’m so excited!

My entire life I’ve wondered where I fit. I marvelled at the passions people carried inside them, and I never dreamed it was possible for me. Then I discovered wire. Who knew! hahaha

It’s been quite the adventure, that first sculpture looked neat, but, well, it kind of looked funny to. lol

My most recent sculptures really show so much improvement, not only in wrapping technique, but also in eye, and ability to create more realistic forms.