20 October 2014

Working with Branches

Love branches and their little twigs? I took out a small box, a yard sale purchase from last summer, to twig using the left overs from the letters in my last blog post.
- Tape on a self-healing cutting mat the sizes of the box
- Wear Eye protection.
- Always Cut away from your body, and anyone else's body.
- Take care cutting the wood because if not held properly then twig pieces will fly off. Always make sure you have a good hold on the twig, and know where the outside piece is going. Point it down or into a bag or box while holding the other end in your hand. There will be dry twigs you can easily break without cutting. Experience will make it easier to handle them as well as identify what shapes will fit together much like building a stone wall or beading.

Break thicker twigs to pull off the bark. It will be used to fill in between pieces that don't snuggle up close to each other. You can also glue bark on good pieces that have lost a patch.
Shears or a miter box and saw set up is best for cutting twigs. Good craft scissors not used for fabric can be used on the bark and some thin twigs.

Select interesting pieces for the ends, corners and front.
Contours chosen carefully decrease the amount of bark filler needed. Raw edges creates a rustic style. You can also add felt for mosses, polymer clay flowers, and other embellishments.

Hot glue hurts when it drips on the skin or the tip touches your skin.
I use a small crochet hook as a tool to for places too small for my fingers to touch without hitting hot glue.

Before I cleaned up, I made a holder from a cut paper towel tube glued and taped to a piece of flattened tube and two pieces of foam board for stability. I don't toss any of the bits. I save them to use as filler. A larger twig collection goes in container like the one in the background for glue sticks, sandpaper and other supplies.


  1. now I have the urge to collect twigs :)

    1. Hi Dee,
      You probably have lot of twigs to chose from in your gorgeous backyard. Thank you for posting those photos on your blog.


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