How to Attach a Wire Sculpture to a Wood Base

Written by jonah morrissey
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Wire sculptures can be free standing or mounted to a base. Bases are made from a variety of materials including wood. You can attach a wire sculpture to a wooden base a couple of different ways, depending on how the sculpture is finished at the bottom. Sculptures that have points left specifically for mounting can be glued into drilled holes in the wooden base. Sculptures that do not have points for mounting will need to be stapled to the base with small wire staples. Either method is effective in mounting the sculpture to a wooden base and can be done in an aesthetically pleasing manner.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wire sculpture
  • Tape measure
  • Wooden base
  • Drill bit, diameter of wire
  • Drill
  • Quick setting epoxy
  • Damp rag
  • Small wire staples
  • Tack hammer

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Instructions

    Sculptures with Wire Points at Bottom for Mounting

  1. 1

    Place the wire sculpture on a work surface. Measure the distance between the wire points at the base of the sculpture using a tape measure.

  2. 2

    Measure with a tape measure and mark with a pencil the location of the points onto the wooden base so that the sculpture will be centred on it.

  3. 3

    Drill a hole using a drill bit the same size as the diameter of the wire to the depth that you want the points mounted into the wood at each pencil mark into the wood base.

  4. 4

    Apply quick setting epoxy to the points and into the drilled holes. Insert the points at the bottom of the sculpture into the holes and set the sculpture in place. Wipe off any excess epoxy with a damp rag. Allow the sculpture to dry for 24 hours before handling it.

    Sculptures without Wire Points at Bottom for Mounting

  1. 1

    Place the sculpture on the wooden base and centre it on the base using a tape measure.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark with a pencil along the bottom of the sculpture the location for the staples. Space the staples every 2 to 3 inches along the bottom of the sculpture.

  3. 3

    Hammer wire staples over the wire along the bottom of the sculpture into the wooden base at each pencil mark.

Tips and warnings

  • Select a wooden base that complements the overall sculpture. For example, a wire sculpture made from copper would be complemented by a cedar or other beautiful rich-toned wood.
  • Wear eye protection when attaching wire sculptures to wood bases.

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