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More wire and gut

February 10, 2010

I’ve been playing around with more wire in hopes of finding something that feels right. This concept has been in the works for a couple of months and I was anticipating finishing it for the Howland Community open. But then life changed.

Current status: in progress.

Displayed on the table are the wire forms waiting for gutting. Gut is located in the metal bowl. The gut was soaked for over 24hrs and rinsed several times.

The wire squares measure about 4.75″ per side. Annealed wire and a brass wire ball suspended within. When it is covered in gut, it will be more of a “pillow” shape.

Close-up of a single square.

Just gutted. This took  a while and quite a bit of gut. I’ll have to soak more to complete the others. Notice how the wire is already starting to rust due to the salt packing of the intestines.

After the square has dried overnight it gains a more translucent appearance. The reddish lines are created by the rusting of the wire.

Still have more to cover and then I’ll get to work on the display.

Thanks for looking!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2010 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the images Gale. I just started experimenting with gut.I’m making a book and am looking for a skin-like material. Do you know if there are any problems with the gut deteriorating (weather, bugs…)over time?
    Elaine

    • paperstew permalink*
      February 11, 2010 8:25 am

      Hi Elaine! Carol had mentioned you were working with gut. So far I have not experienced any critters gaining interest but it is a fragile material. There are 3 of my first experiments hanging by my kitchen below a skylight so I can observe what time/temp/light does to the surface. The heart reliquary did not receive additional protection except the box/cover. On this new experiment I’ll be giving everything a covering of shellac. This should provide the stability needed over time.
      Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

  2. February 11, 2010 10:02 am

    These are fabulous! I love the unpredictable nature of the rust and how it plays into the overall outcome. The shapes are beautiful too!

    • paperstew permalink*
      February 11, 2010 11:14 am

      Thanks Ella. I hope to make it to the AC and visit your beautiful piece today or tomorrow.

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