Starting from the bottom, (that's where we started, so no excuses!):
It's really easy ... bonsai chilli plants (aka "bonchi") just need need patience! Lack of this is the biggest chilli plant (or any plant) killer that I've come across ... and on that note lets get a quick run through of what you need to do (obviously please refer back to this for each stage).
Materials check-list for the start (further details on the ones I use in later stages ... will be covered in the later sections!):
Seeds (or cuttings)
Propagating material: fine soil, cotton wool, or chilli seed pods
Warmth ... light is needed once they've popped their heads out for a peek (or if you're using cuttings)
Water (chilli plant rooting compound if you're using cuttings)
Chilli rooting fertiliser (it helps them get going!)
Plant seeds / Root cuttings
Slice open your chillis ... PUURLLEASE use gloves (the number of times I haven't, and then been for a pee ... needless to say I've really learnt my lesson!). I've been told you can go blind if you scratch your eye, I wont be giving that a go! However, if you forget, wash your hands, rub them in olive oil, then wash again and it near clears it!
Anyway, where were we ... oh yeah CAREFULLY, slice ...
... chances are, there will be seeds in them ...
... we've grown quite a few this way. If you're a bit of a connoisseur, slice open some nicer chilli's (but remember the gloves !)
... alternatively you can order some!
So you've got your seeds ...