Wood & Wire Toys

I’ve been wanting to make some wire animal sculptures for awhile, and finally got around to it. I thought it would be fun to make the heads out of wood and paint them. They’re definitely Alexander Calder and Joan Miró inspired. Also below is a quick video of me making one, if you want to see.


  1. killerxkim
    February 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    have you ever heard of Javier Mariscal?


  2. Joel Henriques
    February 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the nice comments. And no, I hadn't heard of Javier Mariscal. I've just been looking at a bunch of his work via google and it's awesome! Thanks for the info!

  3. Sarah
    March 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    i'm enjoying your blog! and i love your ideas for kids. i've been thinking about trying my hand at wire sculptures. what type of wire do you use? any tips? thanks!

  4. Joel Henriques
    March 2, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Sarah. For these I used a big spool of black wire from a hardware store. I'm not sure what it's supposed to be used for. Roofing or something like that.

  5. Sarah
    March 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    thank you!

  6. Rui
    August 24, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Hello Joel, I love your blog and your work, its a great inspiration for me. I am trying to make some things with wire and wood (mobiles) and i like to know what kind of wood you use, what is the diameter of the wire that you use in your toys and finally, what is the best paint for wood. Thank you, Rui Clérigo

    1. August 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Hello Rui. I use many different types of wire. These were made with a big spool of black roofing wire that I got at a hardware store. (I think that's what it was for anyway.) And the paint I use for toys is non-toxic acrylic. You can see here: http://madebyjoel.com/2010/08/favorite-tools.html Thanks! Joel

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