‘Sculpture Wire’ by the KG
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 Will I Need?
We have designed a wire guide that will help. 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, we have based 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 DIAMETERS AVAILABLE:
0.56mm x 1kg
0.9mm x 1kg
1.2mm x 1kg
1.6mm x 1kg
3mm (by special request, just message me for this)
The maximum we can send in one order is 20 kgs, so if you are wanting to purchase more than 20kgs then please let me know before ordering.