Oh great, I'm so happy to read those reassurances from you two - people who I have thought of in the past as being amongst those who know what they are talking about. Lana Wilson's DVD by the way is a kick, she dissolves in laughter at the end and, although it was past my bedtime and I was tired, I found myself sitting there laughing out loud myself. Thanks.
For some charming pieces using wire with clay go to www.Claybair.com and click on "sculptures" where she has some pieces with both arms and legs made from wire.. I bought one of Gayle's early pieces using this approach and love it. She is a very nice person and would probably be happy to provide helpful hints if you contacted her.