How to Finish off Basketry Work

After creating a basket or work using cane, it's important to finish it off properly to ensure that it endures use in the coming years. The simple instructions following explain what to do.


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    Cut off any excess ends of cane. This part requires good balancing to ensure that they are not cut off too short or left too long.
    • Use a sharp knife, clippers, or hand shears to perform this.
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    Singe the work. Finished basketry work should be carefully singed to remove the thin fibers that tend to stick out after working with the cane. Do this using the tip of a Bunsen burner or small craft flame.
    • Avoid using a wax taper such as a candle, as this will blacken the cane-work.
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    Wash the piece with warm water. This will remove any dirt and improves the look of the basket. Do not use soap.
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    Ensure that the basketry work is fully dry before placing into storage. If it isn't, it will discolor and it may attract mold or mildew growth.


  • Store leftover cane by laying it flat in a rack or bent in half in a large loop, with the ends tied loosely. Hang the latter style up. Don't store near any heat source because the cane will dry and become brittle.

Things You'll Need

  • Clippers, shears, or sharp knife
  • Bunsen burner or craft flame
  • Warm water

Sources and Citations

  • Charles Crampton, Canework, (1970) – research source

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