Recently quite a few of us have been wiring and making all kinds of minis, so i thought i would share how i wire.
The wire i use is mostly copper wire found in the jewellery section at hobbycraft, hobbylobby, etsy and ebay etc. I also use silver but its seems to be more readily available in copper. I look for a range of fine wire in various gauges that is mostly used for making jewellery, but i do use thicker florist wire where i think its needed as a base.
Here's three examples of how i wire. Can you see how i make it thicker at the base of each twig. To achieve this just wrap the wire more around those areas and then continue along the length of the twig/branch.
Can you also see where the twigs are thinner at the ends? I achieve this by twisting two wires off to the end but keep one slightly longer so there is a gradual difference. It just makes it more realistic and less chunky. You can also run a really fine off this for an even more realistic look.
Once im happy with my wiring, i brush the entire surface with a light coat of pva glue (white glue) and let dry. Try to hang it or prod the base into a box to stand. If you lay it down on your work surface you end up with one side of the branch a bit flat where the glue settles.
Then give the wire another coat of pva and allow to dry.
Sometimes for large items i might do a third coat but mostly its just the two.
I then make a light brown using acrylic paints and mix with pva glue... in equal measures and paint lightly the entire surface of the wire again... allow to dry.
Sometimes i need to to a second coat of the paint and glue mix. If you can still see the copper showing through keep going until its gone.
Using the pva keeps what you have made flexible and means you can still shape and bend.
Then i just paint as desired using acrylics and a tiny dot of pva mixed in.
Please use this advice for your own work and not direct copies of my own if you are a seller yourself. I don't mind for personal use any direct copy, but if you are a seller then please no copies.
Its good to share and help each other and hope this helps a few of you that are currently trying to make items for your houses and scenes.
I have also shared this and further info with one lady that is attending a fair, she is a friend and asked for permission.
Tip on pva
Ive tried several brands of pva with wire work and find the type you buy in DIY shops dries yellow. It also stains the final coat of paint with the yellow seeping through. I would stick to white glue/pva that is suitable for children and not strong like those found in DIY shops.