BLACK POPLAR TWINS
The black poplar tree origins from Europe, Central and West Asia and Northern Africa.
Latin name: Populis Nigra
For the frames 0.6mm brass wire is used.
About 20 wires for each tree.
50cm length each wire.
Folding the bunch doubles number of wires.
Ending up with 40 wires going upwards from root to leaves.
Creating 15cm high trees.TWISTING AND TWINING
For wire twisting see weeping willow tutorial.
Making trunks and branches by twisting only, creates branches that may unwind themselves from the trunk again.
For every new branch it is recommended to twine them between other trunk wires.
So the branch wires leave the main trunk in between other wires.
This does not only create more strengt and keeps the branch in place.
It also creates branches leaving the middle of the trunk in stead of bending away from the trunk.
Splitting up the lower part of the trunk into 2 or 3 minor trunks requires another twining technique to keep it all together.
For making the base see weeping willow tutorial.SPLITTING SINGLE BRASS WIRE IN THREE OR NINE
Bend single wire head into a loop.
Leave loose end hanging free as additional third branch.
Add glue to twistings so it does not fall apart after cutting loop.
Looping all 40 wire heads.
Cut all of them.
All single wires are turned into 3 different wireheads now.
Creating 120 small branches.
With the longest wireheads this can be repeated.
Make small loops again.
Add glue and cut loops.
The original single wire can be turned into 9 single wireheads this way.
Starting with an original 20 wires per tree this may end up to 360 branches.
Theoretically this can make up to 720 small branches for the twins together.
But these trees have not even half of this number of wire heads.
Branches are zigzagged with a pair of round pliers.
The result is a gentle, slim treetrunk with thin main branches but stil ending into a high number of smaller branches.
The disadvantage is:
There are single wire ‘in between’ parts in every branch, followed up by heavyer double twisted parts.
This has to be compensated (camouflaged) later on in the building process.
Basing spray paint.
Apply trunk bark with coffee and white glue mix.
Apply plain white glue to smaller branches.
See weeping willow tutorial.
Here is a test piece.
Paint with acrylics.
Bark on smooth branches is suggested by spray paint drops.
The trunkbark is painted by dotting different acrylic shades with hard pighair brush. MICRO FIBRE FILTER TWIGS
In a vacuumcleaner…
…behind the paper dustbag…
…is plenty of twig material available.
This is polyester fibre or similar material.
There might be a spare, clean filter in the spare dustbags box.
Enoug for several trees.
It can be painted with spraypaint.
Acrylic paint sticks best.
Alkyde paint falls off the fibres after drying.
For spraying and drying it needs to be turned over with pincers.
Carefull with this, the fibre will clot and loose its woolly shape.
Two different colors are used here.
The yellow brown fits a real black poplar best.
Cut fibre in pieces of 2 to 3 cm.
Spray glue over all branch heads and apply fibre.
Remove excessive fibre and cut long fibre ends.VISCOSE FOLIAGE
For making foliage out of viscose cleaning sponge see the Persian Walnut tree tutorial.
Spray glue on all twigs and add foliage flakes by straining from top and sides.
Tip off after a few minutes to loose excessive foliage.
Remove foliage flakes from trunk and branches by hard pighair oilpaint brush.
Make sure your tree stays transparent from all directions.
Only transparenty will create threedimensional effect and leaves branches visible.
A living example.
One of the black poplar twins.
Its curved and extremely assymetric shape gives a variety of views from different sides.
The other tree got a slightly lighter foliage shade.