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  • Looking for driftwood!

    OK so I am looking for driftwood, I know the obvious thing to do is go to the beach to find it... but failing that does anyone know where I can get some small pieces for mobiles and hangings? I came across someone who makes driftwood beads that are rather nice but thats about it. Maybe somebody has a bag of bits they can't use? Another thing I was thinking of is those cork rings that get used for floats. Any suggestions?
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    If you have any woods near you go fro a walk and keep your eyes open for roots and things like fallen branches that have started rotting down. Sometimes you can find some really interesting shapes, usually buried under the leaves so go for a walk and kick around LOL.

    Pete
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    • #3
      Thanks Pete I've loads of wood here!! But am worried if it isn't seasoned or too wet I might not be able to use it straight away. Could I just collect it and then let it dry out for a couple of weeks and then try? I'd like to have that bleached effect that sea and sand gives...
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      • #4
        You can get that bleached effect using.......bleach LOL. Also the soft, slightly furry effect that driftwood has can be created using a wire brush (use goggles and a mask though) ideally in a drill as it is faster. I suppose it depends on what you are going to use it for. Different woods dry at at different rates and if you are using old roots etc that have been own dor a good while then you should be OK. Freshly felled or brokene wood can take years to dry.

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        • #5
          There are people on ebay selling boxes of it.
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          • #6
            BLEACH!!! LOL I never would have thought of that...seriously I wouldn't! And I could probably find an attachment for my new Dremel that will wear it down!! Might have a quick look on Ebay out of curiosity though too...people will sell anything on there won't they!
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              BLEACH!!! LOL I never would have thought of that...seriously I wouldn't! And I could probably find an attachment for my new Dremel that will wear it down!! Might have a quick look on Ebay out of curiosity though too...people will sell anything on there won't they!
              Only because people will buy it!
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              • #8
                Too true Pat, had a look and was amazed how much people want for a pile of sticks!! Going to try Petes idea and save my money!
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                • #9
                  Have you tried Tropical fish shops they sell it for aquarium decoration. Not sure what the cost is though.
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