How to make an elf cave
Page 01: Preface, introduction, safety stuff
Page 02: About measurements, tools, materials
Page 03: Construct the pipe frame
Page 04: Pipe frame, about the wire netting
Page 05: Apply the wire netting
Page 06: Make the door, a dabble into plaster
PROJECT INDEX CONTINUED
Page 07: Make a mix of plaster
Page 08: Plaster at leisure
Page 09: Apply the second coat (cement plaster)
Page 10: A few important notes
Page 11: User Comments/Photos
Video: See a short clip at Youtube
6. Begin the netting
Start from one upright flexible pipe frame and wrap the netting around the lower structure horizontally twice. (Run the bottom of the netting along the ground).
Cut off with wire snipe of garden scissors or similar. At this stage, just hold the netting in place with enough wire ties as necessary.
7. Tie the wire
Hold the netting in place with tie wire.
Poke thin pieces of tie wire through the holes in the netting, around the pipe and back out through the wire netting and twist to hold with a pair of pliers.
Cut off any excess tie wire.
8. Net the top half
Cut lengths of netting about 1m (40") long and lay and tie them to the top half of the structure.
Because the structure is dome-shaped, the netting will have to be folded and bent in places to achieve the desired surface shape.
9. Complete the netting
Continue laying and fixing the netting until there are at least three layers neatly enveloping the complete structure.
The netting should be tied together with tie wire about every 250 mm (10") both vertically and horizontally.