Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Draw two circles on bark
Cut both of the circles out
Soak the circles in warm water
Fold the circles in half
Secure the circles with clips to dry.
See the Tutorial below for more information on using butterfly hair clips.
Cut a few lengths of cane to bend to shape the basket. Bend the cane at a sharp angle by supporting it with the pad of your finger. Do not snap the cane only bend.
Bend the cane to have a flat section and two legs
Bend another cane...
... and another
..and another. I used thirteen cane pieces for my basket.
Remove the clips and slightly bend open the circles.
Glue the first leg to the bark
Glue the other leg to the second circle
Do the same with the other side
Secure the cane with clips while the glue dries
Glue the next cane piece to the middle of the circle curve. This makes it easier to space out the other cane pieces.
Add another cane piece
Glue the other side
Glue a cane piece to the other side
Continue to fill the gaps by gluing cane pieces
Space out the pieces by adding each new piece in the middle of the two you glued before
Keep the clips in place until the glue is completely dry
Add the next few cane pieces to close up the large gaps.
Press the bark to make sure it makes complete contact with the cane
The basket should be able to balance on the cane legs
Use your knife to pierce a hole right in the middle of the fold side of the bark
Glue a piece of cane into the hole for the handle
Secure with a clip and set aside to dry completely
All you need to do now is to remove the clips and the whisk basket ready to design with