The Making of the Green Man
A mammoth challenge, to make a green man decoration out of copper wire work, glass and gemstones. This design has been on my mind for a long time, yet knowing how difficult it can be to use wire-work to bring my ideas to fruition, I knew the task ahead would be tricky. In my work there is no soldering, it's all cold hand forming, attaching all of the design elements with different gauges of copper wire.
Structural integrity is the hardest part, where 'concept versus reality' battle it out trying to keep the design stable/secure for longevity. Symmetry is also difficult in larger wire-work pieces, especially when the pieces are reliant on each other for support. Pull one way when wrapping and it moves too far left, pull the other way it moves to the right, and so on.
So after much blood, sweat and tears, and a few weeks of experimentation, here's my work in progress photographs and the finished piece. I am pleased with how he looks, he retains the classic features of a pagan green man with pretty oak leaf shapes and the grandeur of the old oak king.
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