Winter birch bead

To make a souvenir “Winter Birch” no special skills are needed, even a child of primary school age can cope with this work (of course, with the help of parents). Here's what we need: white beads (can be transparent or nacreous), thin wire about 30 m, white or silver, threads, thick aluminum wire about 25 cm for the trunk, a little dry plaster mix for making a stand, white acrylic paint and a little patience .
Winter birch bead

First we make thin twigs. On a thin wire about 25 cm long, we string two beads, push them to the middle, fold the ends of the wire and twist it by 2-3 turns.
Winter birch bead

Next on one of the ends of the wire put on two more beads, twist the ends again.
Winter birch bead

So we have to strung 7-8 pairs of beads, and we get a branch, as if covered with hoarfrost.
Winter birch bead

Thin branches are collected in bunches of three.
Winter birch bead

And from three bunches we form a thick branch.
Winter birch bead

Twisted wires at the base of the branch are wrapped with threads of about 1 cm so that the wire is not visible.Such twigs need to be made 12-14, the more branches, the higher the birch. We attach them to a thick wire, wrapping around it the ends of wires not wound with threads. As the branches are attached, the trunk is also wound with threads, since then, when the whole tree is collected, it will be more difficult to make it, the branches will interfere.
Winter birch bead

After the crown is formed, we wrap the lower part of the trunk with threads. If it turns out too thin, you can add another two or three central wires.
Winter birch bead

Now we need to mold the stand. As a form, you can take a small plastic tray from under the food. We spread the plaster mixture to the consistency of thick sour cream, pour into the mold, making sure that there is no air bubbles between the walls of the mold and the mixture, and we lower the lower part of the trunk. Typically, such a mixture seizes within 20-30 minutes.
Winter birch bead

After complete freezing, remove the stand from the mold and proceed to the design of the trunk. We dilute the same plaster mixture more liquidly and apply it with a brush on the trunk and branches over the threads in several layers.
Winter birch bead

When the mixture dries, cover the trunk, branches and stand with white acrylic paint.We put black strokes on the trunk. The side surface of the stand can be painted with frost patterns. The winter birch is ready.
Winter birch bead

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