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1  Wire bonsai tree - the tutorial (with lots of pictures) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sorcha.ni on: January 22, 2010 06:26:19 AM


These photos have been sitting around for ages, so it's about time I posted this!

How to make a wire bonsai tree

First, gather your supplies.


You will need:
needle nose pliers
wire (I used old electrical cable copper wire, about 2mm in diameter. I probably used about 10m of wire, measured as a single strand)
beads for the leaves (I used uv reactive pony beads)
oasis or foam for the base (I used an old foam wrist rest previously used at my computer)
a dish to put the tree in
gravel to cover the base
glue to hold the gravel in place
bonsai decorations (I didn't use the bridge this time)



Cut the foam base to fit your container and strip the plastic covering off the wire if you need to.



In groups of 2 or 3 strands of wire held together, push them through the foam base from the bottom leaving the wire folded in half on the other side of the base. If you separate the bunches of wire from each other by a little bit, that can give a nice tree roots effect.



Time to make the trunk of the tree.



Twist all the wires together to form the trunk. In this case I wanted to have the tree growing over the rock (a bit of flint from the garden), so I positioned the rock and twisted the trunk over it.



Bend the trunk into a nice shape and then separate out the wire strands into 3 or four bunches. Twist them together for the main branches. Then make smaller bunches for sub branches and twist them together.


(sorry, a bit out of focus)

To put the leaves on, put a bead on a single wire and run it along until you've got it in a position relative to the trunk that works.



Twist the wire to make a small branch with the bead at the end. It's ok of there's a long tail of free wire at the end, you can use this to make more small branches in the same way.



Keep adding beads and twisting until you've run out of wire. (You can always cut off the extra bits of wire you don't need)



Do the same for you other branches. If it starts looking like a tree, you're set!
Put the base into the container, and sprinkle the gravel on top to hide the oasis.



To keep the gravel in place, cover it in a thick layer of PVA glue (it dries clear, so you won't see it once it's dried)

Admire your new bonsai tree, safe in the knowledge that it won't need watering!

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2  Scratch flower head vases in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sorcha.ni on: October 02, 2009 01:23:18 AM


My husband and 2 1/2 year old daughter came home with a bunch of flowers for me recently. Unfortunately, due to the somewhat enthusiastic way my daughter had of carrying the flowers, some of the heads had come off the blooms. Instead of chucking them, I rinsed out the babyfood jar candle holders I'd made for a barbeque in the summer, put some water in the bottom and stuck the flower heads in.

Surprisingly enough it worked grand, and the flower heads stayed pretty for just as long as their compatriots in a proper vase.
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3  Baby monster, super gherkin and loads of other cakes (lots of pictures!) in Dessert by sorcha.ni on: April 08, 2008 01:02:23 AM
I like making cakes, and decorating them too. But I seem to have a bit of a problem when it comes to decorating them - if you want a cake in the shape of a dessert island, a baby monster, a pirate ship or a pair of shoes, no problem. If you want something normal, like, oooh, sugar roses or something - forget it!

Anyway, on with the pictures. All of these were made with obscene quantities of butter cream icing and fondant. And boy did they taste good!  Grin


The first baby monster cake - complete with lollipop rattle.


This little monster had purple fur and a blue bow...boy or girl? Who knows with monsters?


This fella's nappy/diaper shifted a bit in transport - but hey, these things happen with small babies!


What's green and fights crime? SuperGherkin!
(I asked a friend what sort of cake he'd like for his birthday party and he said "well, I would say surprise me, but I'd be worried I'd end up with a gherkin flavoured cake in the shape of a superhero..." With a challenge like that, how could I resist?)


A pair of dancing clogs in cake form, as requested by a friend who's an avid clog dancer for her 30th birthday.
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4  Re: Wire and UV bead tree in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sorcha.ni on: April 08, 2008 12:46:16 AM
As promised (and finally!) a picture of the larger version in the bonsai pot.



We've had our office windows doubleglazed since the earlier picture was taken (hence the scaffolding in the picture), so the beads don't change colour as dramatically when in the sunlight on the windowsill anymore. The gold stuff is decorative gravel, held in position by a healthy dose of PVA glue.

Still, people must like them - I've had two workmates ask if I could make one for them too!
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5  Wire and UV bead tree in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sorcha.ni on: January 24, 2008 12:39:52 AM


This was inspired by the tree of life pendant at http://www.beadstudio.com/info.php?a=613, and was made from random bits and pieces from my stash, including an old thread bobbin, about 50cm of multicore mains copper wire and a pile of UV reactive beads (which are coloured when in sunlight or another UV source, but white indoors or with normal electric light)

I'm planning a scaled up version for my office, to replace my poor cheap Ikea bonsai tree that died on me.
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6  Knit your own Great Old One: Cthulu in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sorcha.ni on: September 11, 2007 07:59:39 AM
Q: How many tentacles does Cthulu have?
A: Too darn many!!

Behold - the cuddly Cthulu knitting pattern. Aieeeeeee!



Materials
~100g of double knitting wool
3 1/4 mm straight knitting needles
Cuddly toy safety eyes (cat 15mm) or buttons

Head and body
Work in moss stitch throughout.
Cast on 5 stitches.
Knit 2 rows.
3rd and alternate rows increase into first and last stitches until you have 25 stitches.
Knit 30 rows in moss stitch.
Knit 2 together at the beginning and end of the next and alternate rows until 15 stitches remain.
Knit 3 rows.
Increase 1 into first and last stitch on next and alternate rows until you have 35 stitches.
Knit 5 rows.
Knit 2 together at beginning and end of next and alternate rows until 21 stitches remain.
Knit 3 rows.
Increase 1 into first and last stitch on next and alternate rows until you have 35 stitches.
Knit 5 rows.
Knit 2 together at beginning and end of next and alternate rows until 15 stitches remain.
Knit 3 rows.
Increase 1 into first and last stitch on next and alternate rows until you have 25 stitches.
Knit 30 rows in moss stitch.
Knit 2 together at the beginning and end of the next and alternate rows until 5 stitches remain.
Knit 3 rows.
Cast off.

Wings (make 2)
Cast on 10 stitches.
Knit 1 row.
Purl 1 row.
Knit 1 row.
4th row (purl 2 make 1 knitwise) 4 times, purl 2 - 14 stitches
5th row (knit 2 purl 1) 4 times, knit 2
6th row (purl 2 knit 1) 4 times, purl 2
7th row (knit 2 make 1 purlwise purl 1) 4 times, knit 2 - 18 stitches
8th row (purl 2 knit 2) 4 times, purl 2
9th row (knit 2 make 1 purlwise purl 2) 4 times, knit 2 - 22 stitches
10th row (purl 2 knit 3) 4 times, purl 2
11th row (knit 2 make 1 purlwise purl 3) 4 times, knit 2 - 26 stitches
Continue in pattern until (purl 2 knit 15) 4 times, purl 2 - 70 stitches
Knit 2 rows in pattern and cast off loosely.

Legs (make 2)
Work in moss stitch throughout.
Cast on 21 stitches.
Knit 30 rows.
Increase 1 into first and last stitch on next and alternate rows until you have 41 stitches.
Knit 1 row and cast off.

Arms (make 2)
Work in moss stitch throughout.
Cast on 17 stitches.
Knit 20 rows.
Increase 1 into first and last stitch on next and alternate rows until you have 33 stitches.
Knit 1 row and cast off.

Tentacles (make 4)
Finger crotchet a single chain approx 75 cm long (it doesn't matter if the tentacles aren't the same length)
Single crotchet the resulting chain.
Weave in ends.

Making up.
Body

Fold in half, wrong sides out.
Sew together along the seams from the tail end, leaving a gap in the head to stuff and place eyes.
Turn right side out, place eyes and stuff.
Sew gap shut.
To form the head ridges, sew a line of running stitches along the head from back to front and pull tight to form a dent. When dent is the right depth, backstitch to hold the stitches in place.

Arms and legs
Fold in half, wrong sides out.
Sew together along the seams, leaving a gap to stuff.
Turn right side out and stuff.
Sew gap shut.
To make fingers/toes, sew 2 lines of running stitch in the wide end as for the head ridges.
Sew to body

Wings
Weave in loose ends and sew short side of the wings to the back of the neck, with the ribs facing the front.
Stitch wings to back partially along the wings to keep them in place.

Tentacles
Fold tentacles in half and use a stitch to bundle the group together.
Sew the group of tentacles to the front of the face.

The pattern can also be found on my livejournal, with a few extra pictures of the pieces. http://sorcha.livejournal.com/200616.html
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