Assorted Wire and Tube Sculptures
Here is an assortment of wire and tube sculptures that I made. I assembled most of the copper pieces with soft-solder (with the more structuraly vulnerable points being brazed). The stainless steel pieces were TIG welded
I made the wire-woman on the lower right before I had learned that you needed to clean the metal carefully before soldering, so every juncture was a painful ordeal.
This piece looked like Maori face tattoos, and so I searched the internet for a Maori title. The first or second phrase to come up was "He Mata Muha", which if I remember rightly, means "a grim face", a title that worked well.
This sculpture of a deep-sea fish has a piece of electroluminescent wire running along its length.
Side view of hoplite helmet sculpture.
I had been told that in a Greek fighting formation, those on the left flank would often drift rightward as they sought protection behind their neighbor's shield. As a result of this tendency, the left was considered the position of honor, and was manned by the most unwavering soldiers. I called this piece "the Right Wing" to indicate that it depicted someone who might not be so enthusiastic about the battle... though the title seems apropos in other ways as well.
One question I ought to have asked before making this is: "what the heck am I going to do with an 8 foot stainless steel duck?" If you know anyone with a suitable venue who might want this, then please let me know!
This is one of many projects of mine that didn't live up to its potential because I had not acquired good soldering equipment or learned good soldering technique.
Had I planned ahead, I could easily have made this piece from a single unbroken wire... Alas, I planned poorly and missed the chance!
I made this by wrapping wires over a plaster sculpture. At the time, I was not aware that you needed to clean metal before soldering it, so the process was painful indeed!
I made this ibis sculpture, which was a gift for someone I was about to meet, while on a bus in South America.
This duck sculpture ( welded from 1/4" stainless steel tube) is smaller than the other duck. I made that cantilever thing, which is attached to the beam with a ratchet-strap, in order to display the duck at a show.