How Armature Wire Makes Sculpting Possible
Without your skeleton, your body wouldn’t have the support or structure that it needs. A building without a frame may not be strong enough to stand on its own, and without its springs, your mattress would just be a mess of fabric. Sculptures are no different—while an artist’s clay sculpture may be hard on the outside, it isn’t always so stiff. Even after it’s been fired and hardened, a sculpture’s armature wire interior provides support that you can’t see.
Aluminum Wire and Malleability
Aluminum wire is a popular choice among artists, and for reasons that aren’t difficult to understand. Unlike alternatives like copper, aluminum wire is lightweight, strong, corrosion-resistant, inexpensive and malleable. It can be purchased in different thicknesses, as well, so whether you need a heavy, stiff gauge or a light, easily bendable one, you can find the exact wire you’re looking for.
This is especially important for professionals like animators, who may work in the stop-motion animation medium. This type of animation required sculptors to create models that can easily hold a shape while bending without much resistance, and aluminum can do both of those things.
The Security of Armature Wire
Armature wire is a crucial component of almost any clay sculpture—especially larger ones. There are numerous reasons why
- Wet clay is soft, and doesn’t necessarily support itself well. Armature wire holds it up and gives it something to cling to.
- Dry clay cracks and breaks, and large chunks of clay can easily dry out.
- Clay is both heavy and expensive. You can use dramatically less clay by sculpting around a metal armature.
- Large masses of clay can explode when fired in a kiln. Sculpting around armature wire significantly reduces that risk.
Whether copper wire, aluminum wire or another type of alloy, armature wire makes working with clay safer and more secure. It enables sculptors to craft creations of more elaborate design and larger scale than would otherwise be possible. To learn more about the different alloys, gauges and availabilities of armature wire, contact Arcor Electronics.