Wood from wire and nail polish

Hello dear masters and just readers. Today, making handmade trees has become very common. The tree will perfectly decorate the interior, or it will be suitable as an unusual and exclusive gift. They are made of different materials: paper, beads, cardboard, etc. But, unfortunately, not everyone has the necessary materials. You can make a tree of simple and affordable things that many have, or are inexpensive. This workshop is based on 2 materials: wire and nail polish to make a tree with your own hands.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
For work we need:
  • Nail Polish.
  • Thin wire.
  • Thick wire.
  • Side cutters (to bite the wire).
  • Round straight thing (for example, pen, pencil, etc.) . In my case, it is a makeup brush.
  • The backing or sponge fordishes.
  • Plasticine.
  • Vase.
  • Alabaster.
In the beginning, we need a wire, side cutters, a makeup brush, nail polish and a sponge (or a substrate, this is usually used in the store for products).
 Wood from wire and nail polish
1. Wire is wound on the reverse end of the brush. At the base of the brush, the wire is compressed with your fingers, it must be rotated 3-4 times (depending on the diameter of the brush). It turns out one circle (future leaflet).
 Wood from wire and nail polish
2 You need to twist another circle.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
3. We twist the last lap to get 3 circles.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
4. You need to alternately put the circles on the brush, and gently pull the edge of the circle with your finger (or nail). The result should be a leaflet of elongated shape. 5. The same thing we do with the other circles. It turns out the trefoil. The diameter of the brush - 8 mm. It is necessary to leave a leg 5 cm long. One trefoil leaves about 14.1 cm of wire.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
6. In a similar way we make another 2 such trefoils. But in 1 of 3 trefoils it is necessary to leave the leg a little longer, about 7 cm (instead of 5 cm).
 Wood from wire and nail polish
7. On the shamrock with a longer leg we alternately wind the remaining 2. Now this element, which consists of 3 shamrocks, we will call - BASIC.
Wood from wire and nail polish
8. We start with the first leaf (the color can be chosen independently). At the beginning of the work it is very important to adjust to the unusual process. Having collected more varnish on the brush, we begin to carry it along the wire from the middle to the edge (this is the easiest way than doing the opposite).
 Wood from wire and nail polish
The main thing in the process: to press the brush so that no voids form between brush and wire (otherwise the lacquer will not go further and peel off); and hold one edge to another at a time. Only in this case will it be possible to make a varnish film that will cover the wire. We also do it with the rest of the leaves.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
9. When 1 layer of varnish dries (about 2 minutes, depending on its composition), you need to apply another layer of colored varnish. The color will become richer, the missing sections will not be visible (which stand out against the general background because they shine through).
 Wood from wire and nail polish
10. The second layer dries longer than the first. About 20 minutes. Then we put 3 varnish coat. Where the leaves are well stained - transparent. And in places where there are defects, you need to paint over another color coat of varnish. You can do it in the reverse order: first apply a layer of clear varnish,and the rest 2 - paint in color.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
11. Best after applying 3 layers of varnish, leave the product to dry overnight. And to paint in a room where everything is well ventilated. It is necessary to prepare a lot of such twigs.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
I got 54 pieces of different colors. It is best to put such twigs to dry in the substrate from the products. The wire is easily stuck into it. You can use a sponge for dishes. But sticking twigs into it is more difficult, and small pieces of a sponge can sometimes fall out of it. After the varnish has completely dried, you can start assembling large branches. 12. It is necessary to take a wire about 60-80 cm long and fold it in half. Then fold in half again. Tie 3 bases alternately to it. Then you need to repeat this action for 2 more branches.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
13.Similar to the previous action, bend the 80 cm wire in half, and again in half. And wrap 3 big branches on it.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
14. From such branches (17 pieces) we collect a basis of a tree. You should not try to make them fluffy, as this is an unnecessary action. Then, in the process of manufacturing the barrel, they will have to be pressed together to make it more convenient to work with clay.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
15. Then take 3 pieces of thick wire, and attach to the trunk. This can be done with anything: glue, clay, wire, etc. We get a barrel of wire, but as if unfilled - empty. It can be filled with paper or newspaper. And cover the top with clay.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
16. Cover plasticine with brush or hands to cover the trunk with alabaster. When working with this material is better to use gloves. It is sold at any hardware store and is inexpensive (approximately 20rubles per 1 kg.). For all work 1 kg. alabaster will be enough. 17. We breed alabaster and fill the vase almost to the top (leaving about 4 cm). Immediately insert the barrel into the vase (the alabaster hardens very quickly), and wait until it hardens (about 5-7 minutes, so it hardens, and the trunk cannot move in different directions). We paint the barrel in brown.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
18. The next step is very long and painstaking. All twigs need to be plastered with clay so that the wire is not visible. Then paint all the branches with brown varnish. The lighter the color of the clay, the easier it will be to paint over it. Alabaster that is visible from the vase is painted green (imitating grass).
 Wood from wire and nail polish

At the end of all work, let the varnish dry, preferably left to dry overnight. 19. After the varnish is dry, you need to straighten all the twigs and leaves. Sometimes, the leaves are damaged and cracked, but this sheet can be applied another layercolored varnish.
 Wood from wire and nail polish
 Wood from wire and nail polish
All the work took about 6 bubbles of nail polish (along with the trunk). About 4 brusochkov plasticine. Thank you for your attention to the master class, I will be happy with your comments.

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