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01-11-2001, 03:25 PM
Has anyone used wireform mesh?
I saw some in a shop yesterday and couldn't resist it. But now I've got it out of the packet I'm not quite sure what to do with it!
Anyone have any tips?
01-12-2001, 08:37 AM
Wiremesh can be a lot of fun..of course as a teacher we would fight for a piece of that..
I had one of my students make a cat out of wire mesh forming the tubes for arms, legs and the tail.. how heavy is the wire mesh?
You can also start a form and then cover it in paper mache..
everywhere I see art!
01-12-2001, 09:12 PM
Unfortunately, I lost the label so I can't give exact weight - but it is a fine, light mesh which I thought would be easier to shape.
What I would like to do is make figures with it - dancers. Although I quite like the look of the mesh, I think I will probably make a mess so it will need to be covered. I am a bit uncertain as to whether to scrunch it up to try to make fairly solid forms or try to just go for the outside of the figure so the body is hollow.
Also, I can't think how to make the figure in one go so I started with the torso but I am wondering how to attach the limbs and head. The (rather messy) demonstration model in the shop (a dog) had thick wire wrapped around it - presumably to hold the shape. Is this necessary?
Sorry if this all sounds a bit basic but this is a new departure for me. I have been experimenting but not getting very far. Any advice would be much appreciated.
01-14-2001, 06:26 PM
I dont care for the stuff. Bought a bunch on impulse and ended up cutting my hands. A lesson in life!
01-14-2001, 07:34 PM
Originally posted by Molly:
Bought a bunch on impulse ...
01-14-2001, 11:16 PM
I have used it once and although it didn't work for the project at hand, it is probably really good for some things. I would bet it works best on a small scale. I used it on a big piece and it just wouldn't hold its shape well on a large scale. I used the really fine mesh.
01-16-2001, 02:34 PM
It's really up to you how you would like to hold it together..I find that copper wire a small gauge is good to wire it together..do you have a pic that you could post so I could see what exacally you have..
everywhere I see art!
01-16-2001, 02:53 PM
There's a lot of different things you could do with this mesh to build up form. It's really all up to you...
You could scrunch it up like it seems the store demo did, and bind it on the outside with wire.
You could make a sturdy wire "skeleton" for what you're doing and then wrap/scrunch mesh around that to add bulk.
You could also use the mesh itself to define shape, and use folding or perhaps even "sew" it with flexible thin wire to keep its shape.
Have you considered making some origami? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
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