Sunday, 20 December 2015

Making Tree Armatures & Bases and Adding Color__________ by Beano Boy

Foreword

Many years ago i made tree`s up for my model railway out of  wire wool the stuff you use to rub wood down to a finer finish. However after spraying it with watered down wood glue,in time the wire wool rusted away,and all my work was a complete waste.  So  after that episode  of learning how not to do it the hard way,i never made tree`s again. It must be said the first sample tree`s i made i still have and they are fine. That wire wool i used on them never rusted at all,so that stuff was stainless steel,and the other not so. It sort of put me off the tree making scene for 11 years. Just a little over a year ago a friend on line asked if i could help him by doing a tutorial on how to make tree`s. I promised him that i would look into to it. So this time i was determined not to use stuff that would rust away. The system sort of fell in place after i had run out of thin wire.  So i developed a new system of my very own using other cheap,but reliable stuff to make the actual tree armatures,and what i stuck onto it to form twiggy bits.  However other people might like to finish off their own tree`s in different stuff they prefer to use. The ingredients most people have in their homes,and if not can easily be shopped for at a low price.                                                                                                  

Please do follow along if you have interest.

Mrs B,kindly bought some Plant Twists home. These are cheap and the added bonus  is they are wrapped in the plastic. I found just twisting them produces good Tree Armatures. They come in a pack of 200,and even at the higher priced scale it`s a Bargain.




                    £1.99,  £ 2.23_____________________ or the 99p Shop   or  Pound Land


                                          Just roll a few up and simply twist them.



Easy work,and quick. Using these i was able to make hundreds of tree`s for the Wood near Hougoumont. I must admit the sprig i have held up has not much appeal to it,but from small acorns giant Oaks can grow. The thing about twisting and forming trunks,branches and bases,is a hands on job of work where each has to gain their very own experience themselves.

Gaining inspiration by way of books or on the Web is a something i would recommend you do.


Summer & Winter pictures ____ Plus looking at the tree trunks,is gaining Good info on the subject. See the twist in that tree easily created with wire.




               Lets look at a simple numbered Guide. Just follow along with Fred & MayBell.


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Yes i  want a root system whitch makes it easier to base up , just like the real trees they have their roots in the ground.

                                                          Making The Base


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I pressed the base of the figures so they will have snug fit in the clay when everything is finished. However that is for my needs only and everyone has their own ideas on what will best suite them.My aim is just to pass on a few tips that might be of help to others.


I Collect Die Cast Trucks,Buses ,Cars and Vans,but anything that has wheels i might well end up buying  it. I keep the plastic cases they come in and they are real treasure where this kind of basing tree`s is concerned. One picks it up with ease, and its stuck on  tight when wet,but when dry it`s a fresh breeze getting it off.


                                       Above a Frenchman is on picket duty. Yes i do paint sometimes.



Below Plaster of Paris Base


"Yes Mrs B,i`m using an Old Plate." blu tac is brilliant at surrounding the tree to create the shape of the base. Square,round or oblong ,or whatever.

Another tree  is shown below.


Pour it in and then push the tree roots in. Just hold it until it starts to sets up,and with this stuff it is pretty darn quick,but lots of fun.


I painted on neat PVA Glue onto the trunk and branches,then painted it with emulsion paint. Plaster  of Paris mixed up with the same glue and a drop of washing up liquid will allow lots of tree`s to be worked on in a batch. The glue and soap makes a good plaster sizer and it will therefore not set up quick as lightning. I have made hundreds of tree`s, and also fixed tiles upon the roofs of scratch built models. I will be dealing with how to tile a roof in a later project.




          So that`s the Armatures and Bases dealt with,but what about the modelling the stuff that grows upon the tree`s like twiggy bits and leaves? OK! I`ll show you how in picture form.


Everyone has them about the Kitchen so go pinch a few. Children ask first.






Below is an illustration only.      There being no glue on the branches. The stuff deeds pulling out fluffly fine then placed onto the tree. Tiny pieces form the best twiggy bits and add another faint color too.




PVA Glue is the best to use. Some use hot glue guns,but i found it requires pushing the stuff into it,and one it`s dam hot so fingers ans thumbs get burn`t,and the pressure required flattens all the fluffed up work. That`s not my opinion it`s a fact.  Save money by not having to by the gun or the glue,just use a tiny drop or two of glue. Starting at the bottom,and working around the tree soon the job in hand is soon done. Then wait until the glue hardens,then decide for yourself what kind of stuff you want to sprinkle  upon it. Or use the shake up  bag method.  You Tube is full of Flocking or whatever they like to call it.



I tried out the size by comparing the figures with this tree.


If you want figures stand under your tree`s try using a figure so you can check it out before doing to much work.



Below the three Giant Oaks that faced Hougoumont  to the front of that place. Thicker wire was used.




Experimentation. Yes i`m using this. It was well over a year ago i used this method,and like most home grown twisted tree`s stuff falls off,when moved.





                                          BB The Little Wood Gnome at Play


                          My State of the Art Spraying Booth,Yes no Expense Spared.




 It was as i recall a Beautiful Day. I was very pleased with this method,however stuff does fall off it when moved. So like i mentioned before you decide on how you wish to finish your work. One can mist the model with watered down P V G but add a drop of  Washing up Liquide  to it helps break the surface tension.



Using any spray means the stuff on the trunk and branches has to be brushed off. In the case of using watered down glue and soap   it needs doing straight away. Leaving bits here and there adds greatly to the appearance though.



 Above Honey Well,and the tree`s look good and not to heavily done. Well that`s it for now Guy`s. Hope you visit again. Thanks for Looking. BB

6 comments:

  1. Impressive and clever, love the use of sponge scourers!

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    1. Thank`s Phil,for dropping by. A Foreword Update has been added. Always good to see your comments . BB

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  2. very good thank you...O Merry Christmas.

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    1. Hi John,I just noticed you gave this item on making tree`s a look. Like i mentioned once the tree is made it is up to the individual to decide how to finish it. Hope your own tree making efforts are having good results. BB

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  3. Absolutely superb, many thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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    1. Very late with this reply. Thank you Michael. BB

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