Hey to all wire sculptors. I've been collecting all the people I can find on deviantart that make wire sculpture over the last few days with the goal to start a dialogue between these rare folk. wire is an artistic medium that is not usually forthright in the eyes of society, and has only been regarded as such in the last century. there are few-to-no schools of wire art apart from private classes that I'm sure some of us have taught ourselves. I am still searching for new sculptors daily and would love to see collaboration and communication between all skill levels that are willing to be involved in these discussions. I have set no time or place and am not asking for commitment of any kind. This is just a loud hello to you all in an attempt to see what can happen when a bunch of wire sculptors start to communicate.  
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theindenturedplier's avatar
about twenty-two years now, I started when i was a very young kid.  why did you choose wire, and what sort of rules do you follow when working? when i started i only used paperclips. this was due to the fact that i was always being sent to the office as a very rambunctious student and paperclips were what was around. 
nonameJapjap's avatar
Wow 22yrs,that's why your work's amazing.wire is inexpensive and you can make all sort of things. I like to use copper wire bec it does not corrode And i like it when it shines. I liked to learn diff types of weaves and apply it in my work. Im currently making a bicycle. You sir what sort of rules do you follow when working?
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I expected longer than two years. most People start making lump-form sculptures, but you have very well established structural frames in your larger works. Your smaller work is very jewelry-like. you've basically skipped wrapping and went straight to weaving. I have a few modified pairs of pliers that i use for weaving that I think you may want to copy. they consist of a small pair of bent nose, a pair of needle nose, and another longer bent nose pair. the modification is the same on all, at the base of the maw, where the cutters can often be found, I have taken a round file and cut out a portion of each plier jaw so that there is a large hole in the base of them. this opening allows the sculptor to reach around the structural frame work and grasp the weave wire. I’ll try and get a picture to show you if you are interested.  as far as the rules I follow, there are a lot of them. the biggest rule I would emphasize is to make every line count and serve a purpose, if you lazily smoosh wire together, it shows. Secondly is to have the proper tool set.  when I teach a class, I teach the five basic types of tools: long-nose, round nose, side cutters, locking pliers, and files. personally, I have about twenty different types of pliers, and of those types, several subsets. I also stress absolutely no rubber grips on any pliers. Rubber increases friction, friction increases pain and blisters, pain and blisters increase the amount of work not done. I also insist on quality tools, this is simply because such work is hard on the hands and quality tools reduce force and effort needed to achieve your work. In short better tools save your hands and elbows. Since you are already working with frames I would suggest keeping in mind your lines of symmetry. Try to keep the orientation of your connections in the same direction so that they will line up and ultimately reduce bulking up in small tight areas. Also I would suggest trying aluminum wire as its also resistant to corrosion. I use steel, copper, and aluminum and generally just put a coat of clear acrylic sealer on my pieces, painting achieves the same protective effect.  I noticed a lot of your gauges seem to be around 18 – 24 gauge. You should try using thicker and thinner types of wire to see how they feel to you. it may seem really obvious but larger wire serves better for frame work and smaller wire is better suited for decoration. Of course, as you use different types of metal you may find need of different tools. Large wire-large pliers, small wire=small pliers. 

nonameJapjap's avatar
Thanks for the advice, wow your teaching wire sculpture, do you have many students?yes would like to see your modified pairs of pliers. Your correct i only use 18-24 gauge, nextym will try using diff gauges,
theindenturedplier's avatar
I'v e taught a handful of classes through local galleries. maybe 20 or so students. 
nonameJapjap's avatar
Thanks.love your work too..about 2yrs.how about you?
theindenturedplier's avatar
hey guy. love your work. how long have you been working with wire?
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