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  • Crown of Thorns

    Illustration and Drawing by Grant Micheli Scalise

    Crown of Thorns

    Crown of Thorns Drawing
    Crown of Thorns
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    To start you need a "spine", which is the piece down the center in the picture. The best thing to use as the spine is the hard piece you find on the edge of the palms. It's best because it's stiff and won't bend when you're weaving.

    Then you need four separate pieces of palm; two pieces on each side of the spine. Then I like to tape the palms and spine so they stay together, like shown in the picture. The white piece at the top is, of course, the tape. Then I like to tape that part to the edge of a table so it isn't moving around while I'm weaving. It's the best way to do it.

    To start weaving, you start with the outer most palm on the right. Twist it, as shown in the picture, over the palm next to it and then under the spine. Then you want to make sure and bend it back over. So follow the outer most palm on the right in the picture.

    Next you want to take the outer most palm on the left and fold it over the palm next to it and under the spine, and then back over. Remember to bring it back over to point down to the left.

    Next take the inner palm on the right and twist it over the palm and under the spine, and then back and down to the right. And then you do the inner palm on the left, over the palm, under the spine and back down to the left. Next back to the outer palm on the right, over the palm, under the spine and back over. Then you do the outer palm on the left and so forth, switching from side to side.

    When you get to where you want to stop, fold all the palms in towards the spine, so they follow the pattern of the crown. Then take the taped end and bring them together to form the shape of a crown (a circle). They should over lap, one on the inside of the crown and one on the outside. You want to then use either some string or a thin piece of palm to tie around the two ends to hold them together. Tie tight, so it won't come apart. And you want to tie down from the tape and up from the bottom end. Then cut the taped edge off near the string (or palm) and cut all the extra palm off the bottom end.

    Then you take nail clippers or scissors and clip the outside palms at an angle to reveal the thorns. You clip where the arrow indicates in the picture, and you clip every one where it's folded. The crown is very easy to make once you get the pattern down. It will come quickly. Good luck!

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