I don't know what gauge wire I have, but I make sure with my middle school students to use safety glasses. What are you planning? For example, with busts I find it helpful to have a very loose newsprint armature that can be torn out after four or five "loops" create the skull.
I've a simplified Power Point at school (I think) on how to make circus animals using twist-ezz type wire. Does that help? Another place to look for ideas might be esty.com, under jewelry?
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I want to thank everyone on their responses to my question about three dimensional project a couple of weeks ago. We got through the move and working with paper mache and my advanced class is doing silly sock creatures soft sculptures. So I am teaching a bunch of seniors how to sew by hand.
My new question is I have about 4 spools of 18 gauge wire that I bought several years ago for the purpose of doing wire sculpture. So I would like to use that but I just don't know how to begin a project like this. If you have done wire sculpture before please tell my how you begin your sculpture. The web sites I have found online seem to be pretty vague on the mechanic of this type of project. So if you know of any websites that offer a good tutorial on wire sculpture that would be helpful as well.