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: