I’ve seen a few amazing large animal sculptures made from willow and/or wire over the last few years, and have admired the skill of the artists. I found that some coiled lengths of copper wire had been bet out of shape in the bottom of a drawer, so decided to do a bit of free-style modelling with it: I had been working on some peacock feather jewellery designs in my sketchbook, hence the choice of this bird.
The peacock sculpture is only 4 inches high (so very far from life-sized!), and not as proficient as the animals made by professionals, but it has found a happy home sitting on a shelf in my workshop. The long feet were required to keep it standing upright!
The wire peacock is a relatively quick and easy crafty make, and a great way of up-cycling lengths of wire from other projects. The small blue and green glass seed beads used in the tail were ones I already had, and I used two different thicknesses of wire as that was what I had to hand. To make this peacock I used:
- 1mm diameter copper wire
- 0.8mm diameter copper wire
- Snipe (pointed) nosed pliers
- Tin snips to cut the wire (don’t ruin your best scissors cutting wire!)
- A few glass beads
It would be interesting to try making a small sculpture like this combining two different colours of wire, or using more unusual objects to embellish it.