These incredibly delicate and detailed sculptures are the work of Edinburgh-based artist Polly Verity, who creates them using wire and paper.

Most of her subjects are animals or mythological creatures and the size of her sculptures range from palm to life-sized. The wire for the sculptures is built up into a 3D frame and this becomes the contour and outline of the creature. The wires are joined together through wrapping and pinching; no heat is applied to forge the wire. She then applies wet fine paper that she first sizes with glue onto the structure. The paper dries and tightens up while formed on the frame. Her creations are usually kept encased in a glass dome or box for protection and display.

Visit Polly Verity’s website and Flickr page to check out more of her fantastic and fragile creations.

[via Beautiful Decay]