I finally resolved what to do with the ends of wire for my recycled sculpture, I have always liked the kinks and irregularity of the wire as I unweave it from its original form. I am using chicken wire at the moment for these pieces, and I have made the lengths as long as possible when placing it over the frame in the kiln for firing. Strangely this seems to be the correct length to balance the whole piece.The beads on the ends are pieces I have scavenged from old jewelry and chandelier pieces, and they create the feeling of movement in the piece. The blue glass is from a wine bottle, whole piece reminds me of the windswept tree that you find on the coast.
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I finally got it together to make some more of my sculptural work at last, I have a show in December this year to prepare for. I have been working with copper wire weaving it into a lattice to melt the glass through. I want to make the sculpture less fragile than the pieces I have been making as they are so hard to transport and so fragile some of them only have a short life around me.
These pieces I have made were inspired by watching an orb spider weave her web by torchlight. This was entrancing to watch, and I went home and wove my own web like creation out of copper wire. The green glass is from some lovely glass plates my sister found at the Ocean Grove op shop.
The hole in the middle of the web allows the piece to be beautifully stable. These two pieces are quite small about 15cm across and 10 cm high, the woven wire much more organic than the wire netting that I have been using. I have made a larger green one but I haven’t got a good picture yet.
Then I was lying around thinking about the frame and made this piece, that is using wire netting given to me by Liz Walker, I cut the centre out of the wire netting, so the glass piece would be free standing. I used a glass plate with pink and green irridescent motifs, which has come out brilliantly crystal clear. I now wish I have saved it for something more developed, but thats always the way.
I have curled the wire under the piece. The wire left is something I have to resolve, as if I cut it off, I take the chance of breaking the glass edges, which detracts from the piece. I like leaving the wire long, as this make the wire and the glass all one piece. I am going to try heating the ends into a bead next hoping the heat
of the flame doesn’t travel to hot and crack the glass with heat shock. I am going to weave a new piece today, as I found the most beautiful blue plate to use, its a bit nerve wracking hoping that it will work as I can never find the original glass piece again unless I’m lucky enough to find a set of glass plates. It’s so cold at the moment its really hard to get motivated to work in the studio, instead I fight the cats for room in front of the heater. I know I’m bigger than them, but they give you such a hurt look if you push them out of the way.