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« on: January 12, 2007 12:37:48 PM »

During a break from the hats and baby blankets...

I had to make this while my husband was at work or in another room, as it squeaked against the hook quite noisily. It was also a bit mucky as my hands sweated and the print came off. No, I won't be making any more, as crocheting with paper really is horrible! I only finished this one because it was sat in my WIP box, staring evilly at me and making me feel guilty.

Construction
The trunk is crocheted in a tube from strips of newspaper, and the branches are made of wire wrapped in more strips. They are bendable, and can be positioned. I allowed myself the luxury of a little glue when I did the branches - there's none at all used on the trunk.

The finished tree stands at a proud 12 inches tall and took the best part of a local newspaper.

Stages
Take newspaper, tear it into strips and get twisting... Look out for kitties who seem to like twisted strands. It isn't a good idea to do it over your knee, because it gets clawed.


Joining the strands
Undo the end inch or so of the strands, then twist them back together, one on top of the other (making sure the twist runs the same way on both). Tada! No glue.
Hold the strand twisted as the trunk is made in a SC tube. This helps prevent the strand breaking.


Finished!
Does this take recycling a step too far? I suppose a layer of paint or varnish might toughen it up, but It's sturdy enough to hang things like necklaces off.

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2007 12:53:56 PM »

Nice job, looks like a piece of modern art.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2007 01:02:09 PM »

Wow, I've never seen anything quite like this.
Good work, it must have been so frustrating to work on and satisfying to finish!
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2007 01:09:47 PM »

That is amazing! I would never have thought you could crochet paper. It turned out looking really good, too!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2007 01:14:19 PM »

Thank you!
I'll happily return to making hats now the tree has stopped glaring at me.   Grin

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2007 03:26:03 PM »

Great job but that's far too labour intensive for me  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2007 05:42:14 AM »

Nice job, looks like a piece of modern art.

I agree! I don't know if I'd try to make one, but I do like the look of it- I love recycled art!
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2007 02:33:02 PM »

That is so cool...but my cat would probably eat it in a day or two.  Although, this does give me an idea of what to do with my sister's trashy "celebrity" magazines...  Grin
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2007 03:05:30 PM »

That is wicked!  My kids are standing over my shoulder with "that's cool!" so I guess that is the seal of approval!
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Wow, that's just awesome
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