As we all know art is expensive especially big impact pieces like the one we're about to make in our project at hand "the almost free organic art."
|final product a 3'x6' organic art piece outside front entry|
|final product inside the house|
Stage 1, the foraging.
we live in an extremely wooded area so I don't have to go far for this project. In fact all these pieces for the project were found by my daughters school. If you don't live in a location that's wooded either find a place or next time you prune those trees around the house set them aside for this project. Where ever you go to get them don't forget pruners and a hand saw. Trim off all excess branches but be sure to maintain some of the natural "Y's" on a few branches.
|stage 1, the foraging score oak branches|
Stage 2, the supplies needed.
Your supplies are pretty basic and the only thing you may need to purchase is the 16gauge wire. In addition to the branches I have pruners, loppers, dykes, and wire that's it.
|stage 2, your supplies|
Stage 3, establishing frame.
Go in any direction you like for reference we did a 3'x6' rectangle. Take a few of your straighter branches and form your frame. It's organic and its art so don't worry about perfection. Over lap your pieces just enough to wire them together. Wrap each branch connection with wire and tighten with dykes or pliers.
|stage 3, laying out frame|
|stage 3, close up of overlap and wire|
Stage 4, start layering.
You want to start placing branches within the framework you created. Remember to overlap and secure each piece as you go. Be sure to layer free form one here and one there. Step back often to see your design and to fill holes.
|stage 4, layering started|
|stage 4, layering continued|
|stage 4, layering continued/ standing back checking for holes|
|stage 4, layering done|
|stage 4, close up of all the wired connections|
|final product ready for market or to enjoy|