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Re: wire sculpture and straws

From: Susan Bennett (sbennett)
Date: Mon May 29 2000 - 08:09:48 PDT

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    Harold, What stregth of wire you do you now use. Is twistee the kind of
    stuff the telephone companies use? Susan in Ohio
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    From: Olejarz2 <Olejarz2>
    To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet>
    Date: Monday, May 29, 2000 9:13 AM
    Subject: wire sculpture and straws

    >For years I have been doing a group wire sculpture project with my 6th
    >When I first started the project I had to find the right thickness of wire
    >for the students. Twisteez was too soft and it took a while before I found
    >the right thickness wire that would support some weight and still be easy
    >enough for 6th graders to bend.
    >Now I give students Twisteez after they have started their project and they
    >use it to add color to their creations.
    >Recently, it occurred to me to let students use straws with their wire
    >sculptures. Like a Snelson sculpture they thread the wire through the straw
    >and the straw adds lots of strength. For example, a group of students used
    >this technique to help the Ferris Wheel they made stand. The straws can
    >be painted.


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