Bop It! Twist It! Pull It!

For my wire project I chose to recreate a bop it. As a young child I was really into active games. I would spend the warm-weather days outside riding my unicycle, rollerblades and pogo stick. I remember being so happy when I received a bop it for Christmas in fourth grade because then I had something to do when I was trapped inside during the winter. For Latin’s fifth grade Lorado Taft trip I brought it along and it was a very uniting game.

I started off by using the drill to form a twisted wire which I then swirled into a cone to make it more structurally stable. Then I took two wires to created the “bop it” portion and attempted to mimic a wheel. then i took four wires and rapped a skinnier wire around it to create the actual structure of the bop it. There were a lot of challenges I faced during this project. Manipulating the wire deemed much more challenging than I initially thought it would be. However, through patience and trial and error I achieved it. Being semi-allergic to the oil covering the wire was also a hassle but gloves fixed that.

3-D Wire Drawing

I chose a guitar to create a wire sculpture out of. Though I do not play guitar anymore, playing it when I was younger was a large part of my childhood. I was not able to bring it into class.

Observations: strings, curvy shape of bottom, knobs at top, hole in the middle, small width.


Here is a sketch I drew in class to prepare me for the actual wire creating.


Imitation Drawing, KAMAL

For my one hundred project, I chose to work with two materials; both wire and cable ties. I had a hard time deciding what to do, since my original material was nails. Finally, I decided to recreate a doodle I made on my way to Florida in one of my notebooks.

I started by building a frame/outline out of wire. This was the most painful thing EVER. I was really impressed with how it turned out because it really resembled the doodle. I bent the little wire segments in the piece outward to create more of a three-dimensional effect. After completing the frame out of wire, I built a stand for the piece but decided I didn’t like it in the end. Having completed my frame completely, I started placing cable ties on my piece; that was my one hundred component. I strategically placed the cable ties in each section so that there would be a consecutive black-white pattern in each row.  Once I saw that the cable ties were filling up most of the space, I decided to experiment and leave a few hanging below, just straight.

Overall, I would totally work with wire again. The final product wasn’t what I expected aesthetic wise, but I still like the look. I think it’s a really cool abstract(ish) interpretation of a doodle. I would actually even hang it in my own room.


Moving Forward with Positivity


In this project, I aimed to create a dress at first, with unique and intricate design. Later on while trying to make the dress stand up on it’s own, I realized that a person, or mannequin would be the perfect kind structure to hold it up. The person in the dress is in a pose that means a lot to me, for it stands for positivity. To me, crossing your arms or hunching are symbols of vulnerability in your everyday life. Posture can effect your confidence, and I have experienced instances where it has affected me personally. As a result, I wanted to create a symbol that represented a positive mindset for myself.

Personally, the most enjoyable part for me was creating the bottom of the dress. Coincidentally, it was also the most frustrating part. Using the drill constantly had me  ready to move on to another step. Overall, this project was really enjoyable though because of my past experience with wire. I loved creating a stop motion that displayed my piece in a whole new way. I almost reminds me of a Target ad.


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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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: