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Hanging Bowls

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poppy sinclair
Hanging Bowls

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Make-it-Yourself

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A set of three hanging bowls. The bowls have been hand turned on a lathe out of rescued Muhuhu wood that would have otherwise been chucked on the fire.The hangers themselves have been made by turning carrier bags into twine using a traditional twisting process then formed into hangers using macrame.

Materials & Equipment List

Wood/BowlCarrier BagsDrillLathe (if turning own bowl)

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Select your wood. It must be big enough for the size bowl you want.
Cut out blanks ready for turning.
Ensure if you are doing a set of bowls, the blanks are all the same size.
Mount on lathe securely.
Turn your bowl. The simpler the shape, the better it will work in the hanger.
Sand, Seal and Wax your bowl.
Check the bowls are all the same and you are happy with them.
Get your carrier bags and select the ones with the colours/patterns you like best. You will need at least 3 bags for each bowl depending on size of bowl.
Cut the bags into continuous strips by using scissors and cutting around in a spiral.
Using a drill, attach one end of your length of carrier bag to the table, wall etc and the other to the drill. Set the drill to turn CLOCKWISE and twist the plastic until it is tightly wound and looks string like.
Do this to all 3 bags making sure they are all twisted clockwise. Keep them pulled taught the whole time to prevent unravelling.
Get all three bits of 'string' and attach one end to the drill and the other to the wall or desk. Set the drill to ANTI-CLOCKWISE and begin twisting them together. It is very important they are twisted together the opposite way to how they were twisted individually to prevent them from unravelling.
Get your rope and cut into 4 equal lengths. These could be different colours and different bags etc. Find the middle and attach to a hoop of some sort. E.g. a piece of wire bent around.
Knot securely at the top next to the hoop.
Knot two bits of rope together at the level you want the basket to hang. Mine are about 8 inches from the knot. Go around and knot all of the rope.
Knot two pieces together again but this time knot pieces  next to each other but from different knots. This creates a net like effect. Bear in mind, the closer together the knots, the less the basket will be able to stretch to accommodate the bowl.
Keep knotting and checking the fit of your bowl as you go.
When it is big enough, tie all the rope together with a secure knot and trim the ends. You could add beads etc at this point as well.
Repeat the process for each bowl. This is the final outcome.
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poppy sinclair

nottingham

United Kingdom

I am a Decorative Arts student at Nottingham Trent University....

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