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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 Comments

  • Peggy Koyle

    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

  • Metal Bonsai

    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

  • Peggy Koyle

    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

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