Membuat rama-rama merupakan satu kaedah yang sesuai bagi membiasakan diri dengan sifat rotan bagi peserta yang kali pertama ingin mencuba seni kraf rotan.
The best way to get the feel of rattan craft is by making a rattan butterfly. It is the most simple project to start with, yet, for first timers, i am sure they will have difficulties trying to get the hang of it. But, once you pass that stage, it will be quite easy. You can just do em while watching tv. The drawing itself has omitted showing you how to properly place your fingers so that the butterfly will stay firm on its course, as you make rounds and rounds. Nevertheless, this will be the starter edition. : ) Before starting, make sure you damp your rattan (using bottle spray) so it wont break. One strand of rattan (around 2') is enough to make a rattan butterfly. And it depends too on how big you want your butterfly to be. Start by making shape as in picture 1. Make sure you start it at one third of the rattan strand length, so that you can go on to step 2. I think my drawing on picture 1 is somewhat misleading since, in reality, the end tip (where the arrow points out) should have been a bit longer (2/3 of the strand). Keep on doing step by step as shown in the picture. The wings of the butterfly can be made into sharper eclipse by applying a bit pressure - see the real butterfly (make sure the strand is damp / soaking wet - otherwise it will break). You can insert a second or third wind by keep repeating step 4. A rattan butterly usually comes with 1,2 or three rounds of 4 wings. One strand will only get you into picture 6. Usually, we would take another short strand of rattan and insert at the back, so you can hold em. You can colour it any colour you like, or just leave it natural. I just like to soaked it in my hot nescafe cup for like 10-20 minutes to get that brown colour. How dark you want it to be is based on how many teaspoons you put in your cup. A cheap and easy way to do your colouring if you cant get your hand on proper dylon or colouring stuffs. I think, if you want to try, and do not have rattan strands at home, cheap steel wires will do ( yang jual gulung2 tuu- where you can get them from your hardware store) . Then, who knows, you can have your own metal butterfly and stick in your blank book cover as an added value. Dare to give this a try? Hehe. Orait, hepi blogging and have a great day ahead - rizal
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