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Wilhelmina the Wire Whippet

I decided to experiment with wire sculpture this week.
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With actual dog, for scale.
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Wire whippet-face.
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It was surprisingly easy and quick to make a reasonably large form and stitch it together with wire, although a little hard on the fingers until I got the knack.   She was very light at first, so I made her feet out of river-pebbles.   The body is chicken wire, reinforced with some galvanised wire for better stability on the legs.

She is quite hard to photograph though.

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ningloreth
24th Aug, 2013 21:38 (UTC)
That's fantastic! The head is especially good. I think sculpture is your medium.

(Did the wire hurt your hands?)
bunn
25th Aug, 2013 10:03 (UTC)
I have tough hands from woodcarving anyway... But not really that much, I used pliers for most of the pointy bits.
timetiger
24th Aug, 2013 22:08 (UTC)
That's grand!

The actual dog seems about to offer a comment.
bunn
26th Aug, 2013 19:15 (UTC)
Actual dog is being very very good. I am filled with suspicion by this. What is he plotting?
the_marquis
25th Aug, 2013 01:59 (UTC)
Neat!
bunn
26th Aug, 2013 19:15 (UTC)
Glad you think so!
kargicq
25th Aug, 2013 05:48 (UTC)
Wow! That's lovely.
bunn
26th Aug, 2013 19:20 (UTC)
Thank you!
wellinghall
26th Aug, 2013 12:31 (UTC)
Wow! I am very impressed.
bunn
26th Aug, 2013 19:23 (UTC)
She's very difficult to photograph, it's hard to get enough contrast to see the shape of her, she looks more impressive in real life.

Any thoughts on photographic techniques for wire...?
wellinghall
31st Aug, 2013 17:06 (UTC)
Two possible ideas - and these are just guesses - might be to put it in front of a strongly contrasting colour, and to use manual focus.
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bunn
27th Aug, 2013 20:51 (UTC)
Thank you! Since she seemed well received, I decided to enter her in the Greyhound Gap Facebook Craft Fair / Auction - she has already got a bid of £30. I'm very pleased!
wellinghall
31st Aug, 2013 17:07 (UTC)
Well done!
bunn
1st Sep, 2013 18:40 (UTC)
Up to £80 now!
wellinghall
1st Sep, 2013 18:45 (UTC)
Wow!
ladyofastolat
27th Aug, 2013 16:55 (UTC)
That's lovely! It's like a ghostly spectral hound that might disappear into mist with the first coming of dawn. Brythen looks less impressed, though. :-)
bunn
27th Aug, 2013 20:49 (UTC)
Brythen is concentrating hard on Being Very Good. It doesn't leave much room for Thinking About Art.
jane_somebody
6th Sep, 2013 00:18 (UTC)
Oooh, that's fantastic! I love the face :-)
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