Process

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Harvesting[edit source]

Harvesting After Winter — Avoid fresh branches because of risk of spreading and extra drying time. At the end of the winter the branches are completely dried up and lignified. That's how you can they can easily be cut off or broken off at a distance of ten centimeters above the ground. The branches are then immediately ready for use.

Material Needed[edit source]

You can just break off the dried up lignified branches. Bring a pair of gloves and something to store the branches and that's it!

Grinding[edit source]

Create the desired grain size — Chop, blend or grind the dry branches to smaller pieces. The bigger the pieces, the stronger. The smaller, the more form flexibility. Sieve if necessary to separate the different sizes.

Material Needed[edit source]

Graining can happen in different steps. Fist, use a garden shredder to cut the big branches into smaller pieces. This machine can be bought in any garden shop. Then, grain further until preferred size. You can do this by using a blender, or other blending / shredding machines such as a DIY shredder we built originally to shred plastics.

Mix[edit source]

Make your bond — Add glue, protein, starch or any other binder of natural origin to the fibers. Mix well. Do you use glue? Prevent distortion by using a drying mould.

Put in mold[edit source]

Make the form — Spread the mixture in the mold on a sheet of baking paper. Avoid air bubbles and cover with another sheet baking paper.

Pressing[edit source]

Press the mold — You make the mold firmer by pressing to squeeze. Depending on the chosen binder and shape, you determine the pressure and duration of pressing.


Coloring[edit source]

How to color our materials?