Bonsai from beads: step by step instruction with step-by-step photos and videos
The traditional Japanese art of bonsai has become firmly established in the world culture. Growing trees in miniature is a troublesome business and requires incredible time. Sometimes, to grow a miniature tree, gardeners spend more than a dozen years, and caring for the created dwarf is so complex that it is better to leave it to professionals. We suggest you to bypass a large number of difficulties and pamper yourself with a bonsai tree of beads, a step-by-step instruction will help you in creating a miniature.
According to ancient Japanese legend, one of the emperors ordered his subjects to create a miniature copy of the state. To accurately reproduce the city streets on the layout, dwarf trees were invented. The advantage of beaded bonsai is difficult to overestimate:
- absence of requirements for care;
- the ability to create almost any copy in a short time;
- a wide choice of forms, sizes and ways of registration;
- the opportunity to admire the miniature all year round (real bonsai passes the winter period of rest and loses its decorativeness);
- the performance of the composition is suitable even for beginners;
- the opportunity to realize their intentions, for example, to make a flowering tree.
Care for such a composition will be minimal, you just need to wipe the dust from time to time. But you can admire it all the year round and fit a beaded tree in any interior.
From the history of beads
Modern masters can create miniatures from various materials, both natural and synthetic, but most often the choice is stopped by beads. Why? The answer is very simple - tiny beads are able to pass the test of time and not lose their decorativeness. This is evidenced by archaeological excavations.
The beads were invented by ancient Egyptian masters. They were the first to disclose the secret of making glass and created small beads. From the modern material, the ancestor was noted for its turbidity, uneven surface, and dull colors. Nevertheless, the green bead discovered by the Egyptologists has not lost its appearance, although according to scientists' calculations it is more than 5.5 thousand years old! It was the Egyptians who contributed to the creation of crafts and the development of beadwork as an independent form of creativity. They invented the technique of netting, which allowed to make crafts without a foundation.
Modern material is produced everywhere, but the main centers specializing in the production of quality glass are the Czech Bohemia, Italy and Japan. Buying beads of these manufacturers, you can not doubt its quality. The Japanese not only perfectly mastered the creation of glass beads, but also defeated their shape. It can be either simple or corrugated, and have complex geometric shapes - cubic, teardrop, triangular, curved (magatama).
Choosing the material, know that his number is more, the smaller the bead itself. And that the work was neat, the tool should be selected according to the number.
Materials and equipment
To create a thumbnail, you will need:
- beads of several shades of green;
- wire of suitable size;
- a piece of strong wire for the trunk;
- floristic ribbon;
- gypsum (alabaster);
- glue "Moment crystal";
- PVA glue;
- acrylic or gouache paints;
- decor (pebbles, small figures);
- capacity for a tree (optional).
There are many techniques for making bead crafts, but bonsai needlewomen are more likely to choose a stitching weave. It is simple and fast.
The technique is to create a loop on a piece of wire. The work is carried out according to the following scheme of weaving:
On a piece of wire 40 cm long, put on 8 beads. Align the first and the last and twist the ends under them a few turns. A neat loop is formed.
The Birth of Bonsai
Create your own hands bonsai from beads will help you detailed instructions with a step-by-step photo. Before performing the work, select the appropriate sketch or draw it yourself. Look at the variety of forms traditional Japanese art offers:
Having defined the style of a miniature, you can start work. First, form the branches as described above. On the beaded wire, form a loop of 8 beads. Their number can be arbitrary, it depends solely on your imagination. At the free end, place the beads again and form the next loop. In total, 8 green loops should appear on the top of the branch. The ends of the wire twist and shorten the length to 10 cm with a pliers.
To create a bonsai, you need at least 150 such branches. Form them larger branches, connecting the bundles of three pieces. Make branches according to the selected sketch.
After joining the pieces of wire, wrap the surface with floral tape or yarn. You should have several large branches, which should be attached to the trunk of a thick wire.
This is not the end of the creation of the miniature.
Assembling and decorating
Now you need to root the bonsai and add it to the decor. In this you will help a small master class with a photo.
For planting can be used as a traditional low rectangular pot, and create a small island of alabaster.
To make an island, choose a container of the appropriate size and cover the bottom with a plastic bag. Dilute the alabaster, place the base of the tree in a pot or mold and fill with a solution. Hold the bonsai until the gypsum grabs. Extract the thumbnail from the form.
Now it's time to tackle the trunk. To do this, mix the alabaster with the PVA glue and apply the slurry to the trunk and branches. Using a wooden skewer, decorate the bark with small grooves.
Leave the trunk to dry completely. In the end, it should buy this kind of:
For painting the trunk, use gouache or acrylic paints. Apply darker tones in the "cracks", and on top a lighter shade. Walk a little with a damp cloth on the surface, as if wiping the paint. Paint the island in the desired shade, add decor and varnish. It will not only give durability and ease the care of miniatures, but also make the colors come alive and shine.
Bonsai from beads is ready! It will fit organically into the interior of your home, adding to it a note of sophistication and excitement, and it can also be an excellent gift for a loved one.
Ideas for registration you can see below:
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