Wire Sculpture


For my wire sculpture, my goal was to explore the dimensions and linear construction of a diamond or gem. I thought it would be interesting to break down something that holds so much value and beauty into its basic structure. I quickly realized working with wire was challenging, especially when my goal was to create as straight and even lines as possible. I started with creating one larger and one smaller square of three thick pieces of wire tightly braided together from a drill. The strength of this wire served well in helping keep the overall sculpture sturdy, however the width and tightness also made it difficult to twist it to connect with other wires. Recognizing this, I used thinner wire for the rest of my piece. I accomplished the general shape, however I wish that I had been more careful and consistent with my measurements throughout the piece, so that I could have better accomplished my goal of being as linear and straight as possible.


Wire Clothespin


For my wire sculpture I set out to create a visual representation of a clothespin using various widths of wire. To do this I first had to visualize the shape of the actual object and using contour drawing, create a large-scale model of my object. After finding the best way to assemble to wire, I created four large sidewalls to the two clamps of the clothespin. From there I made smaller brackets to hold the walls together. I also used thinner wire to tie around the binding part of the bracket to keep the whole piece steady. With both clamps build I used thin wire to hold the two objects together. From there I used the thickest wire to build the coil in the center of the two clamps. The hardest aspect of the piece to execute was the inner coil. This was difficult because I did no make the clamps perfectly identical so the coil looked somewhat awkward lying unevenly in the clothespin. If I wanted to go about an aspect of the project in a different way, it would be to create more identical framework to build the clothespin with. This would have helped the rest of the piece come together in a more symmetrical way. I am very pleased with the way the piece came out and this piece was definitely the most difficult project of the year. I am very pleased to have a greater understanding of the pliability of wire.

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Oscillations – Sidney Eberly


When first asked to look for an architectural inspiration for our sculpture ideas, my mind went immediately to Art Nouveau, and especially the interior constructions of the movement, such as this one. 

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Inspired by this staircase in particular:


I then drew up this initial design:


I knew I wanted to create a fluid “outline” specific to that of a lightbulb, something that would highlight and exaggerate its shape. I also knew I wanted to work with a more simplified and editing eye this project. Many Art Nouveau designers found the previous 19th century designs overly ornamental, so I figured I would take the same approach in my construction. 

In its creation, I originally toyed with the idea of using a technique of twisting two wires together to strengthen the sculpture, but then decided in doing so I would lose the fragility of the piece. I then went through the pattern of deciding on the shape I wanted, creating the smallest piece of that section (there are two) and then working larger and larger pieces of wire around that template. I found out real life is a little different from drawings, and gravity is always in play, and so watched as my wires began dropping lower the larger they got. I fixed this temporarily with little zig zags of silver wire to hold it all together, but it never really took to me, even as I continued making the second section.

For a while I was super stubborn about making sure that the end of my wire loops would just hang in the air, as I assumed would work in my drawing. Fighting gravity was a large part of my process, especially since I was working on a table instead of in the air. When I finally realized that I would have to acknowledge that my wires couldn’t hold themselves up, I made arrangements to help bolster them, like the wire connecting the three loose ends of the forward loop to one of the loose ends of the sideways loop.

If I could continue this project, I think I would want to work more with the spinal little ghost structure I was making around my loops at the end. A happy accident, they were just an alternative my original zig zags, but I ended up liking them a lot. They add a modernity, I think, to an antique shape.

Cylindrical by Zyana Slade-Bridges

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Even though making this sculpture was a struggle, I was successful in building a sculpture made of circles. When I looked for inspiration for this piece, I looked at cylindrical buildings. With the exception of three wires, all of the wires used were shaped like circles. I made all of these circles by cutting them while pulling them from the spools. I was very careful not to stretch the wire or straighten it out. As I was doing this, I noticed that the circles were around the same size and were able to connect with each other better than with circles of different sizes. I also realized that different tools could be used for things they weren’t necessarily intended for. I could use cutters to grip and bend a wire instead of cutting it. The process was very interesting to me and I had a lot of fun trying new things.

Work In Progress:

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Working with wire challenged me to think outside of the box and try different things. I felt like I had a lot of freedom to do what I wanted with the piece, and I was glad that I could always add and remove wire. In the future, I should try to work on filling up negative space and experimenting with molding thicker wires. After doing this project, I feel okay with experimenting with different mediums and tools. I thought that this was going to be much more difficult than it actually was, and in the future, I’d like to spend more time playing around with the wire before beginning the project.

My Inspiration: