I started wiring a young common juniper (my first wiring!). I didn’t get far (it’s too cold!), but it gave me some idea of where I still need to learn more. So I have some questions.
The tree was quite young, and the trunk perhaps only 4mm thick. The branches were thus really thin, and difficult to handle. My idea was that it’d be easier to shape from young, but did I try wire too early? I used 2mm copper wire for the trunk, and while it went on mostly alright, I kept introducing gaps between the wire and trunk; Ryan says no gaps - where do you think I might be going wrong? I also found I was sometimes wiring over the branches, especially the lower ones.
I made one attempt at wiring the branches, but because they’re so thin it was tricky. I switched to aluminium for the branches, as I don’t have thin enough copper wire - was this a mistake? It was difficult wrapping the wire around the tips of the branches.
Lastly, I had a brief attempt at pruning a branch to obtain bifurcation, but I noticed the juniper sort of almost already does that?
Lots of questions, but my idea going into this was to have a small taste, come back to learn, and iterate. Would appreciate any help, as always!