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I will do my best to but into words, My Ideas to create the frond.
Continuing from the blog prior to this one.
- Take your Stem wire and hold it in one hand, take your leaf wire in the other hand. holding the wires in each hand in front of you, with about 8 inches at the top and the rest of the wire below.
- While looking at your wire in front of you, make what would look like an X,
- With you thumbs touching each other.
- Now grab the wire that you are holding in the other hand without letting go of the wire you are already holding. Do the same with your other hand, grab the wire, what you should notice is that it lookis like you are holding really long wires.
- Now you need to connect these wire by twisting them into each other, Twist them tight. I mean really tight!!!
- Your stem wire should be twisted into the leaf wire. Looking like one continuous line of wire. Not done yet! You need to lock all this wire together.
- Do this by... Taking one of your leaf wires and wrapping around the bulkyness of the wire you twisted, do this about or at least 3 times. Then once more do a sewing action, where you wrap the wire over and through the loop and pull it tight.
- Now this is where the PVC pipe comes in.
- Fold up your stem wire, and slide into one end of the pipe, to where you have the bulk of the wire, and bend the bulk wire to fit over the top of the pipe.
- Your leaf wire will be outside of the pipe.
- Now for the Leaf part.
- It's mostly loops, and then locking them into place. Look carefully at this photo to see that I have started the loops.
- Start with one strand, wrap the strand over the bulk wires moving the wire left to right depending if your righthanded to left handed.
- To start, and go around the pipe, holding the pipe and bulk wire down at the same time. bring that strand back over the bulk wire, then slide the strand of wire between the pipe and bulk wire and pull tight. REALLY TIGHT.
- Now to lock that wire in place.
- SO IMPORTANT... Locking the loop in place!!!
- Take that same strand of wire, move it over the bulk wire, and then under the bulk wire, between the pipe and pull tight. Repeat. until that strand is no longer long enough to repeat.
- Start with another strand. Repeat with all the single strands of wire you have. (Remembering)
- To LOCK each loop.
- Start with another (one) strand, wrap the strand over the bulk wires to start, and go around the pipe, holding the pipe and bulk wire down at the same time. bring that strand back over the bulk wire, then slide the strand of wire between the pipe and bulk wire and pull tight. REALLY TIGHT. Now to lock that wire in place.
Not easy is it. Again I must mention. I will not be responsile for any out come of any wire Trees. What I'm sharing with you are just my Ideas ,of what works for me.
There is no wrong way of creating wire Trees.
- If you did not lock the loops on the pipe!!! while making the loops for the leaves of your Palm... this will not work for you.
- After Loops are complete and you have run out of wire.
- Move the loops towards the edge of the PVC pipe
- Here you will begin what I call butterfly wings.
- Take one loop off the pipe, split the loop in half by pressing the loop in the middle, together against the stem of the frond.
- With your fingers next to the stem, using both hands, one on each side to the small loops that you just created.
- Twist each side 3 half turns, locking the loops into place.
- Do one loop at a time.
- Repeat until all the loops are lock into place and the PVC pipe is no longer needed.
Well there you go. Just pull and crimp your leaves.
I hope this might have givin you an idea of how much work is involved in creating wire Trees. Dont forget to take the time to look up!