Wrapping Wool on Wire
Many of you have asked me about wire wrapping techniques which allow your critters to be poseable. Depending on the size of your project, I recommend pipe cleaner for smaller projects and 14 or 16 gauge wire (whether it be floral, armature or beading wire) wrapped with pipe cleaner for larger projects.
If using just the pipe cleaner, this wire is very thin, and if you bend your piece too much, it will snap. Double up your pipe cleaner by twisting 2 pieces together as this will strengthen it. With the 14/16 gauge wire, wrap the pipe cleaner on by twisting it around the thicker wire making sure it is on a diagonal. This will allow the wool to stick to the wire; otherwise your wool will slide off and you'll get super frustrated. When wrapping your wool, just like wrapping on the skewer, you want to keep your wool in long 1" wide pieces and wrap on an angle making sure your wool is ribbon-like and not twisted like a corkscrew. Make sure you pull your wool tight but not too tight as to pull it apart.
I plan to offer workshops using this technique in the Fall or during next Winter. It's a skill that needs lots of practice.