Wire Wrapped Ent

Well I finally finished my wrire wrapped Ent, he no longer looks like a Peperami with arms and legs. I worked out how to fashion his face and a beard and he also has leaves now as well, so yes he looks more like an Ent now.

Well I finally finished my wrire wrapped Ent, he no longer looks like a Peperami with arms and legs. I worked out how to fashion his face and a beard and he also has leaves now as well, so yes he looks more like an Ent now.

He is in Stamford, along way from Fangorn forest, anyway here he is in all his glory:

Close up view my wire wrapped Ents upper torso
meet my wire wrapped Ent

Cheers

Dave

A New Wire Sculpture

I have just spent the last couple of days trying to create a new form of wire tree sculpture based on the Ents from the Lord of the Rings films.

I have just spent the last couple of days trying to create a new form of wire tree sculpture based on the Ents from the Lord of the Rings films.

The only wire available at the time was about a quarter of a roll of 0.4mm bare copper wire, but it was ideal for experimenting to see if I could create something close to the form I desired.

I have learnt a lot from this experiment and I think the next attempt will be a lot better as I have ordered more heavier gauge wire in various metals, bare copper, silver plated copper, aluminium and bare iron so I am looking forward to that arriving.

I have posted a pic of my baby Ent and would welcome any comments.

Note: he is not fully finished yet, but I thought I would share him anyway

Best regards

DaveSmall Ent Wire Sculpture

Creating a Wire Tree Sculpture

A few people have asked me how I make these wire tree sculptures so I thought I should write a brief how to here on the blog, however, I must say right from the start I am not going to reveal all of the techniques I have from learnt Sal Villano’s “How To” book, to get the full instruction you should go and buy his book on line which you can do here:

http://www.salvillano.com/how_to_create_tree_sculptures_book.htm

I am in no way making any money out of drawing your attention to Sal’s book, it’s just my way of saying thanks to Sal for providing me with first the inspiration to learn this craft and second for providing me with the knowledge to pursue this art form.

Ok so lets dive in at the start, in this first picture you can see a block of wood with some nails in it, a roll of wire and my cutters, these are essentially all the tools you need to get started.

How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 1
How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 1

Now we will get the wire attached onto the jig, simply do this by wrapping the end of the wire around one of the nails a few times, I have found that if your wrap it from the top of the nail towards the bottom it makes life easier (you will see why later), make sure you leave a 2 to 3 inch tail of wire which you can tuck out of the way under the wooden block.

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 2

Next step is to start wrapping the wire around the nails, it doesn’t matter which direction you go in but make sure you keep count of how many wraps you are making

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 3

Continue wrapping your wire around the nails until you have say 40 complete wraps, before cutting your wire leave a good 2 to 3 inches extra and then make your cut. This is the first of only 3 cuts you will make during the whole process! Remember the flying end you tucked under the wooden block, now get hold of that and gently unwrap it from the nail.
Now you should have something looking like the picture below, the wire wrapped around the nails with two flying ends of wire

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 4

Now wrap one of your flying wire ends around the whole bunch about an inch or so away from the nail, wrap this as tight as you can,

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 5

Now wrap your other flying end over the wrap you just made, the purpose of this is to hold the bunch together when you take it off the nails, otherwise it just springs off and you could end up with something resembling a rat’s nest!

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 6

It’s time to take the whole bunch off the nails, take it easy and gently get the much off the middle nail first, this allows a little slack so you can get it over one of the end nails. Hopefully it will look like the picture below.

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 7

The next step is to gently shape it into an oval, trying to get as much of the creasing out of the wire as you can which was formed when it was wrapped around the nails.

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 8

Time for the second cut, well this will be many cuts depending on how many wraps you made around the nails, look at the picture below, I am going to cut the wire where the tip of the pencil is pointing to

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 9

Make your cuts slowly, don’t try to cut too many wires at one time because this will damage your cutters, once you have cut through all the wires you should have something like the picture below

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 10

Carefully straighten your bunch of wires out now, don’t pull on them to much as you might start pulling individual wires out of the bunch

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 11

Time to grab your roll of wire again, start wrapping right next to the wrap you did earlier and wrap along the bunch away from the first wrap you did earlier just before taking the sire off the nails, I carry on wrapping the wire tightly for about an inch and then start wrapping back down, going over what I have just done, keep going until you get the end of the very first wrap you did.

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 12

Now the fun start, it’s time to start forming the roots, let you imagination run wild as this is nature you are trying to replicate so there is no set way that roots grow, but as you can see from the picture below I have separated a bunch of wire from the main bunch to form the first root. Now grab your roll of wire and start wrapping along the length of this root until you get about half way, then again separate the bunch of wires into two bunches and continue wrapping along the length of one of these new bunches. When you get near to the end, separate the wires in the bunch to create a V now bring your wire through this V and start wrapping back over the wraps you have already done. When you reach the other bunch of wires start wrapping along them just the same as you have just done, once you have wrapped along this bunch back to where you started continue wrapping all the way back along the root until you get to it’s base.

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 13

Continue doing what you have been doing until you have a root formation along the lines of that shown below

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 14
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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 15

Now start wrapping up the trunk for a couple of inches or so and then you can start to form the branches, this is similar to making the roots, you just separate out some of the wire and start to wrap along it, separating and wrapping along the way and then back again. This is where your imagination comes into play big time, just let it run wild and guide you as you form your tree.

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 16
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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 17

As I said right at the start, I have given you the basics of how to make your wire sculpted tree, however, to learn the techniques properly please go and buy Sal’s “How To” book where everything is explained in much greater details and also a lot of techniques I haven’t covered here. You can get the book here:

http://www.salvillano.com/how_to_create_tree_sculptures_book.htm

With the basics I have shown here and the techniques you will learn from Sal’s book, it won’t be long before you are creating beautiful wire tree sculptures like the one below. Yes this is the tree we have been making through the process of writing this post, there is still some work to do on it yet but it gives you an idea of what can be achieved.

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How to make a wire tree sculpture picure 18

If this has captured your interest you can see more of oru wire tree sculptures in Shalini’s showroom:

http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/index.php?app=gbu0&ns=catshow&ref=wire_sculpture

Enjoy

Dave

Pure Copper Wire Bonsai Tree Sculpture

The wire sculpture took approximately 10 hours to complete from star to finish, perhaps the most difficult part is hammering the end of the wire twigs flat to form the leaves, because space can because quite tight with so many leaves all being is a very confined space.

Bonsai Wire Tree Sculpture
Bonsai Wire Tree Sculpture

At last my first Bonsai tree wire sculpture is completed, this tree is made from 0.40mm bare copper wire, completely hand wound from start to finish, using only a wire cutter, hammer and jewellers anvil to complete the project.

The wire sculpture took approximately 10 hours to complete from star to finish, perhaps the most difficult part is hammering the end of the wire twigs flat to form the leaves, because space can because quite tight with so many leaves all being is a very confined space.

Once the leaves had been formed I mounted the tree in the small bowl, the bowl was filled with a gravel and PVA glue mixture and the mound under the roots was formed at the same time. Once this was dry the tree was mounted with small amounts of epoxy at the end of the roots and then the mound was build up with sand and finally once dry it was dyed with Indian ink.

The final finishing touch was applied after everything else had been done and that was to paint both sides of each leaf using green acrylic enamel paint.

Because this wire sculpture has been created out of bare copper wire, over time it will change colour over time, changing to a brownish colour and then finally after a considerable time this Patina will start to turn to a lighter green, so you will be able to observe the tree changing over time, all thanks to nature.

The wire sculpture tree is approximately 17cm high with a spread of 22 x 15 cm, making it an ideal display for an executive’s desktop or show cabinet.

This wire sculpture of a Bonsai tree is now on sale through the Jewellery by Shalini Showroom, he is a direct link to the item:

http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/gbu0-prodshow/25-Copper_Bonsai_Tree.html

Best regards

Dave

More Wire Sculpture Gem Trees

We have now finished the second and third of our wire sculpted gem trees, they have both been adorned with rose quartz chips on the branches.

We have now finished the second and third of our wire sculpted gem trees, they have both been adorned with rose quartz chips on the branches.

Tree number 2 is mounted on a slab of rock and the sand has been dyed with indian ink to give the effect of grass and moss.

Wire Sculpture Tree 2 Finished
Wire Sculpture Tree 2 Finished

This Rose Quartz gem tree is now availabkle to purchase through Shalini’s Jewellery showroom by following this link:
http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/gbu0-prodshow/T2.html

Wire sculpture tree number 3, was more challenging because we mounted it on a flint nodule, the challenge was in getting the glue not to run off the flint as we tried to stick the sand onto it, again this one has had the sand dyed with Indian ink to give the effect of grass growing around the roots.

Wire Sculpture Tree 3 Finished
Wire sculpted tree 3 completed with rose quartz chips on branches

This wire sulptured gem tree is avaiable for purchase through the Jewellery By Shalini showroom, here is a direct link:
http://www.jewellerybyshalini.co.uk/gbu0-prodshow/T3.html

First Wire Tree Sculpture Finished

Well we have finished the first of the wire tree sculptures and we are pleased with the result

Well we have finished the first of the wire tree sculptures and we are pleased with the result, so is the recipient as we have it to my youngest daughter for her birthday yesterday.

As you can see from the picture we applied more colour to the base using Indian ink, although the yellow hasn’t taken too well on top of the green, need to look into this further, maybe I am doing something wrong here!

After the ink was completely dry, Shalini took over and added the Amethyst beads to the branches which really finishes the tree off nicely.

Wire Tree Sculpture 1 Finished
Wire Tree Sculpture 1 Finished

We now have several wire tree sculptures on the go and Shalini is experimenting with very fine wire which is really looking very good.

Enjoy

Dave

Wire Sculpted Trees – Progress

Well the the three wire sculpted trees are now in various stages of production, trees 1 and 2 are now firmly secured to their bases and the sand layers are fully dry on the base. Both of these trees have had their sand bases dyed with indian ink to bring out the texture of the sand.

Tree 1

tree-1-stage3
tree-1-stage3

Tree 2

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tree-2-stage3

Tree 3 has now been wrapped and secured to its base, I used a lump of flint for this one, the next stages now will be to build up the layers of sand around the roots and trunk.

Tree 3

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tree-3-stage-2

Tree’s 1 and 2 now need more colour applying to the sans on the bases and then we need to figure out which style of tree they are going to become. Tree 3 still has quite a way to go yet as there are quite a few layers of sand that need to be secured to build up the texture arond the trunk and roots.

More to follow

Best

Dave

Wire Wrapped Tree Sculpture

I was bitten, I just had to learn more about how he makes these wonderful wire wrapped tree sculptures, and fortunately

I am sorry I haven’t made a post for a while, I have been suffering with a prolonged head and chest cold which has been going on for over a month, gladly it appears to be getting better now.

Also, because of the very cold winter we have endured this year it just has been far too cold to go out into the Lapidary workshop, even the wood burning stove couldn’t cope with the sub zero temperatures so nothing has happened out there at all this winter so far.

I am one of those people who cannot sit idle for long so I had to find something t keep me occupied and I went in search of ideas. As you know I had a dabble with a gem tree a while back so I thought it would be good to expand on that idea and as a result I found a fantastic site which is written by the artist Sal Villano, his site can be found here:

http://www.salvillano.com

His work is really wonderful and the finished product is so realistic to look at, all manner of trees from Willows to Bonsai’s, but the real appeal of his work is how he mounts them in sea sand and the uses Indian ink to create an effect that makes the trees look like they are growing out of moss.

I was bitten, I just had to learn more about how he makes these wonderful wire wrapped tree sculptures, and fortunately he has a downloadable book which at only $9 is wonderful value. The content and instructions are really well written and it’s fully illustrated with working drawings so you really can’t go wrong at any step.

So far I have three trees at various stages of construction and they are starting to look good. The beauty of making these is that once you have mastered the basics, you can really let your creative juices flow.

Here are pictures of the three so far in various stages of production:

The first is mounted an a small flat pebble, I followed Sal’s instruction to use sticky tape to stick the branches to the deges of the dish, I found this quite fiddly to do. I am waiting for the glue to dry which holds the sand.

Wire Tree Sculpture number 1
Wire Tree Sculpture number 1

The second is mounted on a slab of rock, I got more creative with this one and made the roots longer than the first and I decided to try using small dabs of epoxy to hold the tree to the base instead of using sticky tape, it seems to have worked and is much less fiddly.

Tree Wire Scuplture number 2
Tree Wire Scuplture number 2

The third tree, well this one has only just been started, the root structure has been formed now I need to wrap up the trunk and get the branches formed. I really have no idea how this one will turn out because they sort of gorw their own shape as wrapping progresses.

The Start of a Wire Tree Sculpture
The Start of a Wire Tree Sculpture

I will post more pictures of these 3 wire trees as they progress.

I would advise anyone who has found this interesting to visit Sal’s web site and have a good look around and buy his little book to help get you off the ground with this art form, you won’t be sorry I am sure!

All the best

Dave