How long do you soak willow for?
Moreover, can you over soak Willow?
If you are in a hurry you could try soaking in hot water to shorten the soaking time. You could soak the willow in a soaking bag, in the bath or in an outdoor pond or pool. You will have to weigh down the willow to keep it submerged.
Soaking times for buff willow.
Likewise, how do you protect a willow sculpture? Any type of willow that you weave / bind or otherwise assemble together in its pliable (recently cut) state can be left to dry under cover, and when fully dry it can then be protected with a 50/50 ratio mix of boiled linseed oil and turpentine either sprayed or brushed on.
Also know, how long soak willow branches?
The rule of thumb is you need to soak your willow a day per foot. A3 ft bundle will be in the water, fully submerged, for 3 days, a 5 ft bundle for 5 days etc. Any barrel, bath, stream, pond will do as long as the willow is fully submerged in the water. The soaking times will vary by varieties and time of year.
How do you prepare willow for weaving?
Cut the rod at the base of each rod, without cutting into the hard willow stool. Gather the willow rods and bundle them with the cut end together. Allow willow rods to dry before weaving them into a basket. You will need 3 to 5 willow stools, with20 to 30 rods each, to weave one medium basket.