There are different ways and techniques to train or shape bonsai branches. The most popular one is with the use of copper or aluminum wire. With this method you simply choose a branch you want to change the shape and direction then wrap the wire spirally around the branch at an edge of about 45 degree angle maintaining a consistent gap between wires and providing enough room for growth. Also take into consideration the thickness of the wire to be used. Thicker branch needs thicker wire. As a rule of thumb use a wire that is 1/3 the thickness of the branch. There is also a tool called trunk benders which you can use to shape or bend much thicker branches.
This is my Bougainvillea Bonsai 1 on training. Growing the lower branches to increase more girth. I also changed the front of the Bonsai to reveal the section of the chopped trunk which will then be carved maybe next growing season to add an interesting look at the trunk and also to hide the flaw of the chopped portion.
|Bougainvillea Bonsai 1 Progression Series|
Taken on March 2012
OLDER POST ABOUT THIS SERIES:
- Bougainvillea Bonsai 1 (where it started)
NEWER POST ABOUT THIS SERIES: