While many people would love to own
a magnificent bonsai, not all can. For example, some people find they simply do
not have a green thumb, or the patience and/or time required for the training.
What happens is that these individuals give up owning a bonsai, choosing an
ordinary houseplant instead. Although a beaded bonsai is not a live
plant, you will find some on the market today that are so well made that no one
would be the wiser. Beaded bonsai is a new art form that creates plants and
trees that look incredible. The art of bead flowers actually started back in the
15th century when people would gather and save discarded beads and wires from
At that point, the beads and wire would be used to make incredible flower
arrangements, often sold for churches to use as altar sprays, burial wreaths,
and even bridal bouquets. In fact, today there are many castles where this type
of bouquet can be seen, as well as homes. As you can imagine, a beaded bonsai
takes time but because you are not working with a live species, you can set
things aside for a while if needed, meaning while it takes time you determine
the amount and the actual schedule.
To make beaded bonsai, you need to take great care in each piece. Many artists
will lace the petal larger than one-inch using very, fine wire to help hold the
leaf into the perfect shape. In addition, this method helps increase the
strength and durability of the final piece. By using this particular technique,
the wire framework is hidden so the beaded bonsai comes out looking realistic.
In addition to having fun making this type of bonsai, when completed, they are
easy to care for and absolutely, beautiful. Just imagine, a little dusting or an
occasional spray with a mild liquid degreaser or glass cleaner, followed by a
good rinse is all you need.
If you want to grow bonsai but find this is not a good choice for you, then
perhaps a beaded bonsai would be. You can learn the technique of French flowers,
making your own magnificent piece. For the trunk, the material used varies from
one artist to another but some will use special clay that can be molded and then
painted to look exactly like an actual bonsai trunk. Just as the beaded bonsai
would sit in the courts of European aristocracy, there is no reason why you
cannot enhance your own home with the same beautiful art. Additionally, this
type of bonsai makes the ideal gift.
If you are a little skeptical or nervous about choosing the right materials,
then you can purchase a beaded bonsai kit. This type of kit comes
complete with all the beads needed for the project, the tree, the base, and easy
to follow instructions. For example, the beaded weeping willow is a wonderful
choice that is simply stunning. You can also choose from a number of sizes for
your beaded bonsai and because the wire is made for this project, your tree will
last for years. To complete the look of your beautiful bonsai, you can even add
real sand and/or moss. When sitting by a window so the sun filters in on the
beads, you will have many compliments about your gorgeous and colorful bonsai.