Immy has recently enjoyed making small creations with thin wire and small beads and so one afternoon I set up a simple invitation to create consisting of a wire tree and an assortment of brightly coloured beads.
An Invitation to Create: Wire & Bead Sculpture
I created the tree with 26 gauge wire. I wrapped a long length of wire continuously around my hand and then twisted the middle section of the wire to form the tree’s trunk. I spread the loops at the bottom of the trunk out to represent roots and cut the loops at the other end (with regular scissors) to form the tree’s branches. The tree was simple to make and could be constructed by a child of preschool age (with adult assistance) or older.
I secured the tree to a square mirror I had placed on the tabletop with a small ball of Blutack. The beads I presented in a small, crystal bowl.
Immy was immediately drawn to the invitation and I was pleased to see that the threading required her to slow down and take her time, concentrating closely.
It was actually reasonably challenging to thread the beads onto the small branches – providing a great opportunity to develop those all important fine motor skills. As she finished each branch I helped her to fold the end of the wire up and over to secure the beads.
Although this invitation was all about the process of creating and not the finished product, I must say our completed tiny, wire and bead tree is quite endearing and it will look lovely amongst Immy’s little collection of special treasures.
Have you tried creating with thin wire with your children?