Balsa wood is well known for lightweight, soft and easy to work with. It has been the ideal choice to make model. Well, have you ever seen the balsa wood roses? They are very beautiful and attractive. The thin and flexible nature of balsa wood makes it a versatile craft material. You can use balsa wood to create various kinds of models, crafts, like the beautiful roses. The balsa wood roses can be used as the decorations of your room or houses.
Such kind of beautiful balsa wood rose is not only found in craft stores, well, you can carve it by yourself actually. In order to carve it, you should prepare thin balsa wood, real or synthetic rose, pencil, Artist's blade or utility knife, wood glue, masking tape, created cooling rack, clothes steamer or cooking pot with lid, wood dowel and so forth.
First of all, use the petals from your real or synthetic rose to sketch your petals onto the balsa wood. Draw the petals onto the wood and make them slightly larger than the actual petal. This will allow for great wood flexibility and easier handling. You can use the artist's blade to cut out the petal shapes. Your finished flower will only need around 10 or so. You are advised to use balsa pieces no thicker than 1/32 inch will allow for the best flexibility and the most realistic representation.
Second, use the artist's blade or utility knife to cut out the balsa wood petals. Place it onto the grated cooling rack. Use your clothing steamer to soften one piece at a time, and hold it near the piece for a couple of minutes on both sides. Test the flexibility of the piece and continue to steam if necessary. You can place the grated cooling rack over a pot of gently boiling water if you don't have a clothing steamer.
Third, when the balsa wood is flexible enough, you should curl the piece carefully into as tight a cone as possible. You should tape the coned petal with your masking tape and wrap it around the wood a couple of times. Repeat the process. Dry the petals naturally. Remove the tape from your dried petals.
Fourth, place the glue near the base of the petals and attach to the dowel by sliding them inside each other. You can start with the smallest inner-most petal by gluing this to the end of your 1/4 inch thick dowel stem and work your way out. Let the petal to dry naturally, then add another petal. You can add leaves to the stems to make your roses more beautiful.
Fifth, you can paint your balsa roses with your favorite color to make it more beautiful. Actually, the original color of the balsa wood is also very beautiful. You can choose the color according to your requirements.