My mum loves mermaids so last year for Christmas I made her a wire mermaid and she loves it so much that I decided to make her another one this year, but a bit bigger.
These sculptures do take a long time to do but are rather easy. They are basically a simple wire frame using 20 gauge wire which I then wrap with 26 gauge wire until I am happy with it.
For the hair I just wrap the wire around a skewer to make curls.
This is the first little mermaid I made:
This is the mermaid I just made for Christmas 2011:
And here is a little cat I made using copper wire:
It really is a good craft to do while watching tv, it doesn't require perfection or incredible concentration to turn out well, just time and patience!