This project was to learn how to form a wire shape then cover it in paper to create a Wire & Paper sculpture.
I used a variety of different thicknesses of wire to create a flower with a leaf, and a vase to stand it in.
I had to try and work out how to weigh down the base of the flower so that it stood up on its own when out of the vase. I did this by using a thick coil of stainless steel memory wire and by balancing the flower head and leaf out.
Once I was satisfied with the general shape, I went on to cover it with tissue paper.
I used Decoupage paper for a bit of colour interest – each piece of paper was cut slightly larger than the section I wanted to cover, then I dabbed UHU glue around the wire section and stuck the paper to it, trimming it back to the wire when it was dry
I used different colours of paper for the different areas.
One fully covered I mixed PVA glue with water (approx 50/50) and painted it all over the paper, causing a slight shrinkage when drying – this made it firm and strong.
I gave it two or three more coats after that to make it even stronger.
I am quite happy with the finished result, although my shapes could definitely do with more practise.
I like the effect that the PVA glue gave to the paper, making it almost ‘drum skin’ like.