Sculpture Wire Bundle for a 50cm Sculpture
We have been selling our wire fairy craft kits for years now, providing the knowledge, tools and wire to help people create their very own wire fairy sculpture.
My father Robin Wight, who makes the large fairy sculptures which can be seen at Trentham Gardens in the UK, has shared his method of making the sculptures for years, either with the instructions for the 8″ kits, in his book ‘The Art of FantasyWire’ (which is included in the 16″ kits) or now with his ‘How To’ tutorial videos on YouTube.
More and more people are taking up wire sculpture and of course the larger the sculpture you are making the more wire you will need. We have always been asked where people can get sculpture wire from in small quantities and we have never really had a good answer, but now you can get it straight from us. Exactly the same wire that Robin used for the large fairies but you can now purchase it by the kilogram.
How Much Wire Do I Need?
We have designed a wire guide to answer that question.
Please bear in mind that it is only an estimate to assist you. The amount of each size of wire you need, completely depends on your design and your technique. i.e. 25% of the weight of a long haired fairy may be in her hair alone, where a fairy wearing a hat would be much lighter. Basically, it impossible for me to tell you exactly how much of each wire size you need, but hopefully if you are buying wire rather than a kit, you are planning to take up wire sculpture and any wire left over can be used on the next sculpture.
We can only sell wire in single Kg coils, basing the guide on an average of the fairies that Robin has made in the past and then rounded up to the nearest Kg.
Robin’s sculpture method is to make a skeleton out of large gauge wire, then build a loose cage the finished shape, out of the middle sized wire, then fill in the gaps and cover the sculpture with the smaller gauge wire. The cage reduces the amount of wire required considerably and prevents the sculpture becoming too dense as you will need to pass wire through the sculpture throughout the build.
Wire Included In This Bundle
- 2 Kgs x 0.56mm
- 1 Kg x 0.9mm
- 1 Kg x 1.2mm
- 1 Kg x 1.6mm
A total of 5 Kgs of various diameter wire that we believe will be all you need to complete a 50cm (approximately 20″) wire fairy sculpture.
Again, please bear in mind that it is only an estimate to assist you. The amount of wire you may need completely depends on your design and your technique. i.e. 25% of the weight of a long haired fairy may be in her hair alone, where a fairy wearing a hat would be much lighter. We have based our estimate on Robin’s experience in wire sculpture and think you should have plenty. If you should require any more wire then we do also sell each diameter by the kilogram.
Our social media pages are a great place to look for inspiration. We also love to receive pictures of fairy sculptures completed using our kits, so please feel free to send them over. Happy sculpting!
We are using DPD to ship the wire due to the weight, so if you are wanting us to dispatch to a PO BOX then please be aware that we NEED a street address to ship it to. Also to get tracking updates to your phone you could add a note to seller when purchasing with your phone number if you wish.