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May 17, 2018

Pine Bonsai


Pine Bonsai
Pine Plant has been given a shape by removing the branches which wont fit in to the design

Nursery Plant
Close look
Finished Pre Bonsai

Final design, still tree will needs to be refined in next few years

April 29, 2018

Selection of Branches for styling Bonsai Plant - Part Two

Selection of Branches for styling Bonsai Plant - Part Two



Styling Bonsai branches is very important because it gives a good look to the plant . Here in this video it is clearly shown how to select  branches, draw a  future plant, and how to give a shape to the Bonsai plant. Re potting of Plant and selection of pot was shown clearly in this video.
Same plant after Six months of training





                                                               Plant with full flowers

Link of Part one Blog of Bonsai Styling
http://www.kapilaas.com/2018/01/selection-of-branches-for-styling.html


January 24, 2018

How do I learn to grow a new bonsai banyan tree? A Question by a kid.


This was a question by a small kid . I got this email from school boy . then I thought of making a simple video of making Bonsai, just it shows the child how make bonsai. here the there is no drastic pruning of roots  or branches, survival rate of the plant is good. with this he gets confidence . and be ready to make many Bonsai s  at early age. My main aim to develop and  get confidence of what they are doing.
Bonsai basics made easy for children in this video, by seeing this video can child make a bonsai for himself, Bonsai is like meditation with this art children get confidence, concentration, patience. Their imagination and creativeness develops with Bonsai art.
I send him little notes about Banyan tree Bonsai. Here it is,
Banyan tree can be grown as a Bonsai tree. Banyan bonsai can be grown from branch cuttings or from nursery stock. If you are Beginner the best way to start is to buy a Banyan plant from a nursery. If the plant is small of one or two years old it will have a trunk of one feet and one or two branches, and less no of leaves. so there will less wiring or no wiring at all. the best method is clip and grow method that is remove the top buds , then the plant starts giving new side branches. This is for beginners who are doing on line, By this method the survival of plant chances are high, one will get confidence of doing a Bonsai on their own. 

Bonsai learning for kids made simple




Happy Bonsai



January 20, 2018

Selection of Branches for styling Bonsai Plant - Part one

For more photos
How to style a Bonsai tree,
In Bonsai Art selection of  branches is the key for shaping and styling a plant,  depending on the thickness of the trunk primary branch will be selected, it should be little thinner in diameter when compared to the trunk. secondary branch  more thinner than primary one. Branch selection should be like that they spread in all directions like,on right side one branch, left another or vice-versa, back another branch, as we go up branching will be in spiral form on the  trunk line. always primary branch will be little longer and thicker than secondary branch. secondary branch will be longer than third branch. Here we are flowing the styling of branches as if in nature. As the tree it starts giving branches, older branches at the base of trunk line will be thicker   As we go up to the top we will see  slim branches at top of the plant. Before cutting down the branches put a white sheet behind the branch, one can see clearly the flow of the trunk line and the branch. If any branch  to be removed cover that branch and observe the other branches. As john Naka said three " H " are very important one is Head to think  about the future shape of the plant, second is Heart  to cut the branch  gently  and third H is Hand  which follows the instructions  of  the other two.
In shaping a plant Branches play main important role giving a character to the plant that is the style of the plant. Our creativeness depends on the out put of the plant style. First study the plant in all directions, that is front and back or other side, Every nursery plant is having front and back side because in a nursery they stocked in groups adjustment to one another, plant facing the sunlight side will have more branches and other side which is close to another plant will have less branches. 
Before wiring and cutting Some basic rules we have to follow, these rules are framed by experienced Bonsai masters which are guide lines to follow for Beginners in Bonsai art.

One of the best way of getting an idea of styling a plant is to draw a picture of the plant how it will look like in future, with this drawing one will come to know which are the branches to keep and how to shape the plant by wiring.

First clear all wild plants, grass, dried branches at the base of trunk. if the plant is in a pot take out the plant from pot, if  the plant is in a bag remove the bag. Clear soil near the base of the trunk line and expose trunk. Remove all shoots coming up at the base of the trunk.

If there any two Branches originating from same place remove one of them, because there will be bulging at that point and it will look ugly, so it is better to remove one branch for smooth flow of  trunk line.

If plant is having growing two Branches exactly on opposite sides of the trunk line right and left side of the trunk, remove one of them. if right branch is removed at primary level of the trunk ,then remove left branch on secondary level, so there will be a spiral placement of branches in all directions.

Branches growing and facing directly towards your side called eye protruding branches. these branches disturbs clear vision of the trunk line. It is better to remove these branches.
If the branches which are growing straight up or down wont merge with the style of the plant, they can be removed. If  branches are less in number and  they are flexible, we can wire these branches and bend then as the way we wish to give a graceful look to the plant.

If Primary branch is thin when compared to secondary branch, make secondary branch as primary branch by removing primary branch.
Below is the Video which shows how to select branches for styling a Bonsai plant.

How to select Branches for Bonsai a tree
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYJ2TWNW40U&t=25s

 

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In the Next Blog I would like to show how to draw future plant and wiring and shaping.
Follow the link for continuation
http://www.kapilaas.com/2018/04/selection-of-branches-for-styling.html
For more photos

 

January 8, 2018

Shaping of Nursery plant Murraya in to Bonsai

            Shaping of Nursery plant Murraya  in to Bonsai

Working with #Kamini#Murraya paniculata plant is a satisfying experience, this plant was gifted by my friend #SwathiGule of #EraGardens. I love the plant. this plant is tropical evergreen and gives flowers similar to jasmine with strong fragrance, While shaping, it became difficult for me to select which branches should keep and which are to be removed. Branches near base of the trunk line are looking good. I kept them as they are, and did wiring. Felt like filling empty space at the base of trunk line a rock was placed. By wiring and cutting less branches a shape was given, bud like new leaves were removed to encourage new growth. I am satisfied and re potting done to a Bonsai pot. Then after six months I felt like changing style of the plant,took off the rock. Did new wiring by removing old wires of the branches, Murraya now changed style to formal upright. Now I am waiting to see my plant fill with white bright flowers.
                                                               
                                                        Before wiring - Nursery plant
                                                

                                                    After wiring

                                                     
                                           after six months again wiring is done
                                                        

                                                Formal Upright Style
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November 17, 2017

Make Crystal Flower in 5 minutes

Make Crystal Flower in 5 minutes

Materials needed for making the Crystal flower : Pearls/crystals, wire, Pearl balls.
Tools required : Wire cutter, wire twister .
 
 

5 pearls are inserted into the wire and gently twisted with wire twister

 
 

Second row of 12 pearls are inserted to the same wire and twisted again


Third Row 19 pearls inserted and twisted. Now Three rows of One petal is made, like this we have to make 3 petals. 
 
 
 
 
Insert a wire in to Pearl ball and twist the wire, so it won’t come out 
 
 
 

Another 3 petals were made same as first 5 pearls, second layer of 12 pearls, 
third layer of 19 pearls and here one more layer of 32 pearls were added.



    
Below are the Flowers with colorful center designs, they all are made same as above, but used different crystals, golden colored metal balls to give a  unique, attractive 
look to crystal flower. 
CrystalFlower













Violet color crystal flower is glued with glue gun and in center gold colored metal ball is put with glue gun.
  
Tools required : Wire cutter, wire twister .
 
 

5 pearls are inserted into the wire and gently twisted with wire twister

 
 

Second row of 12 pearls are inserted to the same wire and twisted again


Third Row 19 pearls inserted and twisted. Now Three rows of One petal is made, like this we have to make 3 petals. 
 
 
 
 
Insert a wire in to Pearl ball and twist the wire, so it won’t come out 
 
 
 

Another 3 petals were made same as first 5 pearls, second layer of 12 pearls, 
third layer of 19 pearls and here one more layer of 32 pearls were added.



    
Below are the Flowers with colorful center designs, they all are made same as above, but used different crystals, golden colored metal balls to give a  unique, attractive 
look to crystal flower. 
CrystalFlower













Violet color crystal flower is glued with glue gun and in center gold colored metal ball is put with glue gun.