Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hi Wire Bird & FAQs

I have been making these wire birds over ten years now. Recently I started adding words, like "hi".

Here I've answered some of the most frequently asked questions about these birds-

What wire do you use?
I use mostly annealed anchor wire, sometimes called stovepipe wire or fence wire. But I can use any sort of wire and have made them from copper, brass, aluminum, steel and coated electrical wire.

How do you make them?

I start at the beak usually. Each bird is one continuous strand of wire, and the only tools I use is a pair of pliers. I liken it to drawing in three dimensions, I sort of scribble in space the lines of a bird until I have one standing in front of me.

Do they stand on their own?
Yes, they are free standing and 3 dimensional.

Can you teach me/ show me how to make them?
No, but here is a video of me making one.

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