This project is rated as MODERATE.
Wood (1.5" tree branch section about 6 - 8 inches long)
Wire (5 pieces, each 8 inches long)
Stone (5 stones, each about 0.5 inch to 0.75 inch)
Wire cutters, saw, drill and bit, pliers (preferably needle nosed)
You will make a sculpture similar to this:
You can see an actual sculpture photo.
You have a great deal of latitude in selecting materials for this project.
First, cut your wood to the proper shape (this should be done by an adult.)
Drill a hole in the middle of your base that is large enough to hold all 5 of your wires.
Cut the wire into 8 inch lengths (if not already cut.) Form a loop in one end of each wire. The loop should have a diameter of about 0.25 inches. Then bend the loop so that it forms a right angle with the wire (see picture Note: The round loop appears as an oval when viewed at an angle.)
Glue (I recommend epoxy cement) a rock to the loop on the end of each wire. This can be a little tricky. One method is to support the wire vertically so the loop is horizontal. Some glue can be applied to the bottom of the stone and then the stone placed on the loop. The wire and stone must be supported in this position until the glue sets.
Place all five wires in the hole provided in the base. Add a little glue in the hole to hold the wires in place. If the hole goes all the way through the base, be sure you have placed it on a newspaper or other material to protect your work surface.
When the glue in the hole has set, you can bend the wires outwards to create an attractive arrangement. This completes your project. You can display your sculpture on a table, a mantle, book shelf, etc.
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