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According to the Staffordshire-based artist, Fantasywire was inspired by an “inexplicable real life encounter” that spurred the development of these magical galvanized and stainless steel sculptures. Since each sculpture is site-specific, Wight starts his process by examining the installation site and identifying whether or not the fairy should be attached to an existing landscape element like a tree. After deciding on a location and a pose, Wight will sculpt the skeleton out of thick wires and use progressively thinner wires to form the flesh and wings.

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Wight is generous about sharing the tricks of his craft and includes a step-by-step building process on his website. Although Wight mostly makes larger sculptures that measure over three feet tall, he also sells DIY starter kits for people interested in making smaller wire fairies.

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