I transferred the proportions using the old grid system:
|This drawing is 1:6.4; 10 times bigger than the model|
|1:64 - note the lines are made with a pencil 0.3mm thick|
I began with a 9mm piece of wire and not much of an idea on how to work. I thought, since this is highly technical, to work in structured layers.
I decided to try and build as far as I can in one go. You can see the stump for the hand hold and the body is almost fully formed.
The main problem, though, with working only against the wire is the shapes come out lumpy and the details don't hold well. Upon looking at the final result in macro photography I became somewhat despondent that it doesn't look good. However, thinking about it as a basic shape to start from it's actually very good for me. It's just not going to be as fast going. I intend to sand the sides down quite a bit and then work from there.