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Author:  Lucy [ Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Sisal trees

I've seen how to make sisal trees online for awhile now. I've made some before but they really weren't great. Very primitive, but I am getting better at it. Here are a couple of photos of my trees which I think will do pretty nicely once they get glittered. Lucy

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Author:  paulrace [ Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sisal trees

Those look great, Lucy. Thanks for sharing.

Author:  Lucy [ Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sisal trees

Howard asked me if I would post how I make my sisal trees. It's an easy process but it does require some practice to get them kind of even.

Supplies needed:
Sisal rope from the hardware store. I think I got a 50 ft roll for about $12
Floral wire
Floral tape to wrap trunk
Drill (or you could use a pencil or pen to twist the wire)
Cup hook to be used a drill bit
Scissors
Needlenose pliers, hemostats, or vise to hold the loose end when twisting the wire
Wire cutters
Comb (I use a pet comb to comb the coarse sisal fibers into submission)

Cut rope into 3 inch segments, precision is not required because you are going to cut off a lot when shaping the tree. You only need 2-3 segments to make one bottle brush tree for a cardboard house. (see photo 1)

Untwist the 3 larger segments. Then untwist each of those segments into the 6 component pieces. You can tell pretty easily which way to untwist them. They come apart easily. (see photo 2)

Separate and kind of straighten the individual fibers from the smaller segment of rope (see photo 3). Then make a pile of fibers deep enough so you don't see through the pile and as long as you want the body of the tree.

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Author:  Lucy [ Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sisal trees

Next cut your wire to length. It will be folded in half. I make long trunks because I don't want my trees to obscure the details of the house, but you can do any length you want. In these photos I used 22g floral wire but I probably should have used thicker wire because it holds it's shape better and it's easier to make a straight trunk with thicker wire.

Center your fibers over the wire. It's ok if they won't stay exactly in the center, that's why you cut a 3 inch piece of rope so you have some flexibility of the fibers shift some. See the first photo in this section of the tutorial.

Twist a loop at the end of the wire large enough to go over the cup hook. Insert the cup hook into the drill. I used a cup hook because I happened to have them on hand. If you have something else with a hook in it that will fit in your drill use that. If you don't have access to a drill you can make a large enough loop to insert a pencil or pen to use that to twist the wire. See photo 2

Anchor the open end with pliers or hemostats or a vise. Spin the drill slowly while providing some counter traction (pulling gently against the drill) so the wire stays basically straight (if you are holding the wire with pliers). If it's in a vise you obviously don't have to worry about pulling against the drill. See photo 3

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Author:  Lucy [ Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:35 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sisal trees

Next spin the drill slowly. The tree looks pretty funky at first, but it gets better. Try not to spin so tightly that you break the wire because you will have to redo the tree. Also the fibers start wrapping around the wire if they are spun too much. See photos 1-2.

Then comb the sisal fibers. See photo 3.

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Author:  Lucy [ Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sisal trees

Now the fun part (as Howard says), trimming the tree. Be sure to straighten the trunk before you cut. It takes a fair amount of trimming and combing to make the tree look good. And after you dye it some of the fibers relax and the tree needs more trimming. I wrap the trunk when I am ready to glue it on a base for a specific house. That way I have the length of the tree I want.

Just like when you make little houses, glue and glitter and snowtex and ornaments are your friend. If your tree is a little funky with bald spots, load it up with snow and glitter.

I will be happy to answer any questions. Lucy

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Author:  Lynn [ Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sisal trees

Lucy these are great step by step instructions as well as the pictures they are going to be very helpful when making these trees. Thanks so much for putting this all together!

Author:  Howard [ Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sisal trees

lucy...

very clear instructions and photographs...i had a pretty good idea as to the "what and how" of your technique...i'd seen similar things on the internet and a model railroad site i follow...but i must tell you your trees are superior in quality...i really like their fullness...and the longer trunks that don't obscure the view of the houses...

howard...

Author:  paulrace [ Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Sisal trees

Lucy, these are very concise and helpful tips. Thanks for posting!

Author:  debquilts [ Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Sisal trees

Love the tutorial. I have been wanting to make some of these for a while now. I already bought the rope and the wire. I had seen other tutorials, and I was wondering if you ever glue the rope to the wire first? If no, why not? Does the glue not take the dye? is a time issue, too impatient to wait for the glue to dry? I need to make me a whole tree lot for a cousin that sells Christmas Trees... Debbie

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