In this article, a master class onto create with your own hands from beads such a wonderful piece of decor as a bonsai. In this craft, one of the oldest occupations and needlework is joined. The history of the appearance of beads begins in the very distant past, yet the Egyptian pharaohs decorated their clothes with glass beads - his predecessors. Long before the birth of Christ, the nomadic tribes of the Scythians and Sarmatians used beads for finishing clothes and shoes, in the territory of Latvia, scientists found in the graves the head decorations decorated with beads dating from the 9th-12th centuries. No less ancient is the history of bonsai, which in translation means "tree on a platter". The first mention of this art dates back to the 8th century. Initially, the plants were collected in nature and transplanted into pots. For centuries, the art of bonsai has been transformed, several of its directions have appeared. No matter how beautiful the present tiny tree in the pot, its life is limited. To create as remarkable, miniature and at the same time, durable and care-free bonsai can be made from beads. This will be an excellent element of decor or an original and memorable gift. Make a tree is not difficult, the main thing is to have patience. To create it you will need:
- 80 grams of beads of different colors of green (mix);
- Wire of various thicknesses (0.35 mm, 1 mm, 3 mm);
- Transparent glue;
- Strong yarns;
- Acrylic paint (brown and bronze);
- Various elements of decor (pebbles, etc.).
Cut 45 cm of wire 0.35 mm in diameter. String 7-8 pcs. Beads and twist 2 times the wire, making a loop of beads in the center. Make 7 more such loops, putting the beads alternately on both ends of the wire and making 2 turns. Twist the ends of the wire so that the bud turns out of the loops. The required length of the wire is 10 cm, everything else can be cut off. It is necessary to make 150 such buds. Twist 3 buds together. It turned out 50 buns more. Forming of twigs. The tip of a tree. To do this, fold 3 buns and wrap them with a thread 2 cm in length. This is the base of the first branch. Combine 2 times another 2 buns, wrap threads and connect to the top by attaching them slightly later on the sides. The main branch turned out. Create another main branch of two bunches, attach to it a piece of 12 cm of wire 1 mm. Wrap threads and attach 3 more branches from2 buns, on the branch there are 4 branches. These are secondary branches. It is necessary to make 2 more third-line branches. Make them similar, but add another bunch. There will be 5 branches. You can arrange them as your imagination tells you. Formation of a tree. Screw the main branches to a piece of wire 3 mm and fasten the thread. Attach secondary and third-branch branches, thread them. Bend the end of the wire. Formation of the basis. For a mold, a container with any diameter that you like is suitable. In it, you need to put a plastic film (the usual package is suitable). Mix alabaster (2 tablespoons) with PVA glue (1 tablespoon) and water. Pour the mixture into the mold, insert the sapling there, fix it and leave it to dry completely for 10 to 12 hours. On the stem and twigs, apply a solution of alabaster + glue and allow a little to dry. With a toothpick, make a groove on the tree trunk, so it will look more natural and natural. Allow to dry. After complete drying of the base and trunk with branchescover everything with brown acrylic paint. When it dries a bit with a brush, apply bronze dye on top in some places. Allow to dry completely. Decoration of a tree. For decoration, you can use pieces of glass, pebbles, large beads and any other accessories, which will prompt fantasy. Now the man-made bonsai will please you all year round.