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Why the type of wire matters

In this post I am going to be explaining about choosing the correct wire for the job. Making a wire tree with any old wire can influence the production time and final result, changing the overall feel of the tree.

I decided to do an experiment and make 2 trees, of very similar design but use 2 different thicknesses of wire. The first tree I made used 0.6mm wire and the second used 0.3mm wire. Now naturally I needed twice as much of the thinner wire to make the trunk roughly the same thickness but what I didn’t expect was the difference in time. The thicker wire tree took 3 hours to make where as the thinner wire tree took 6 hours, double the time. Now it may seem obvious because I had twice as much wire to work with but I kind of expected the thinner wire tree to take a bit less time than it did, I don’t know why I thought that!

Moving onto the visual aspect of the two trees, the thicker wire doesn’t offer as thicker foliage as there isn’t as much of it however I knew the roots would be nicer as the thicker wires make more pleasant root structures. The thinner tree has a nice mix of colours which does lend the views eye to the thinner tree more so, and with plumper foliage looks more filled out. The thinner wire offers a smoother looks to the trunk and branches where as the thicker has more of a grainy look, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing on a tree sculpture.

 

Closing thoughts, I feel that the thicker wire tree is like an entry level model, it’s efficient and does it job quickly and due to the time spent at a good price point also. The thinner wire is more of the luxury model, it takes a lot

longer to make but offers a far superior product as the result. Ultimately everyone has a personal preference and budget but it’s nice to know that I have got both bases covered.

 

Which do you prefer, the thinner tree or the thicker tree?

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3 thoughts on “Why the type of wire matters

  1. With both trees, are you making the leaves with the two point drill bit or wrapping them? I am very new to wire trees, love trying to make some and it really helps me with several different health issues I am dealing with. You have written to me before about attaching the trees, so I sincerely hope you might do so again. I promise I will not disclose your answer to another.
    Oddly, to me, I have a very hard time with the drill bit – I have purchased several with little success but I have done quite well with round nose pliers. I love your trees and I think you should not do the mass production kind we have seen elsewhere because it sort of takes the magic and beauty away. I do like your new tree similar to Clive Maddison work.
    Anyway, thank you and I wish you all kinds of good luck and success.
    Most sincerely,
    Peggy Koyle

    1. Hello Peggy,

      Yes making the foliage is the tricky bit and the drill bit approach never worked for me, however I do like using round nose pliers. Regarding how I make my foliage, this is a closely guarded secret, sorry. Thanks for that, occasionally I like to make a piece in the style of another artist just to mix things up and that was the intent with that aluminium tree.
      I hope your tree goes well and feel free to send me pictures, I’d love to see them.

      Thanks

      Matthew

      1. Thank you so very much for responding! Your website and all your trees are absolutely beautiful!! Your art is very fantastic and you are, obviously, a nice man. Again, I thank you. I will try to send some pictures of my humble work.
        Sincerely,
        Peggy

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