Cricket 2 - A large wire sculpture of the common field cricket (Gryllus assimilis), made of deoxidized copper welding rod and silver solder. The eyes are formed of fine copper screen.
Size of the piece is about 20" long.
Cricket 2, side view - This one of my larger wire sculptures, and it is one of the few that do not have any moving parts (aside from the parts that just fall off by themselves).
Ornithopter 3 - This wire sculpture was inspired by a mechanical ornithopter designed by Da Vinci. It is made of deoxidized copper welding rod and copper wire, joined with silver solder, and is 30 inches wide.
The wings can move up and down, but this was done more for posability than realism. They are soldered in place for rigidity.
Ornithopter 3 - A closer view, showing the quasi-mechanical inner works.
Daddy-long-legs 2 - This sculpture is a larger version of a Harvestman spider, locally known as a Daddy-long-legs. It is constructed of soldered steel and copper wire, and has about a 6 inch legspread.
Daddy-long-legs 3 - A life-size sculpture of a daddy-long-legs spider, with its bigger brother in the background. Made of copper wire and solder.
1911 Bristol Type T Biplane wire sculpture - Wire sculpture of an early British biplane. Materials used were steel and copper wire, and copper sheet, all joined with solder. All parts were formed from metal wire or sheet; the rotary engine's five cylinder heads were coiled copper wire.
The wheel rims are steel wire wrapped with copper wire, and the spokes are fine steel wire.
The wingspan was around 2.5 feet; the sculpture was made in 1972-73.
1911 Bristol Type T Biplane, side view - Another view of the piece. Obviously shot before I learned about depth of field!
1911 Bristol Type T Biplane, overhead view - A better view of the cockpit structure.
The cables to the control surfaces all met at the correct places on the rudder pedals and the control stick.
Handheld mixer - This was actually a student project, to recreate an existing product in wire. The internal parts are made of plexiglas, and the wire structure is copper joined with solder.
Ten speed bicycle - Wire sculpture of a ten-speed bicycle. The tires were made by wrapping copper wire around an internal steel wire ring. The pedals and main crank rotate. The gear clusters were made by wrapping fine copper wire around a thin rod, stretching it out some, and then flattening it with a small hammer.
Making the spokes in the wheels would have been crazy, even for me.