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brokenporcelaindoll
« on: September 11, 2008 03:24:02 PM »

Being the sort of person to take things slow and easy (what?  Stop laughing!)  I found myself... volunteered... to make a cornucopia full of goodies for the Autumn equinox for work.  I will be making the goodies, and making the basket.

Have been experimenting on ways to make the basket for a week or so now without success.  I can make a lovely, long, tightly-woven cone-shaped basket, but CANNOT make it curved.  The damn thing either collapses, or the supporting sticks snap, or something else goes horribly wrong.

Camera is borked so cannot post pictures of ACTUAL examples. but so far I tried...

Taking 11 long, straight, thin and bendy twigs, fixing the ends around a plate and then tying together at the top, weaving through with a straw-based twine and trying to bend after completion.  (FAIL)

Taking 11 long, straight, thin and bendy twigs, fixing to a flower pot (so they were supported for longer) and weaving, then using a vice and some string to bend the tip around and weaving about in this shape (FAIL)

Attaching the twigs to increasingly small thing wooden circles, attaching the circles in suc a way as to encourage bending (FAIL BEFORE I EVEN STARTED WEAVING)

Currently trying to use alternate periods of soaking and drying in compressed conditions to make the twigs somehow magically curly before I start assembling the basket.

Have looked online and there appears to not be a single damn tute for this anywhere, unless I want to make a fake one with papier mache.  Does anyone have any recommendations?  Anyone else tried this?
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2008 08:36:06 AM »

I haven't ever managed to make a basket, they slip around too much. Another craftster posted about "allfiberarts.com" on a different thread and they have basketmaking links. Maybe that will help?

(Or use a lot of wire and cover it over to cheat.)
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