Wednesday, 19 April 2017


Having completed lots of work on my other trees above I now needed to make a few easy trees using wire to make a sweeping contrast on the diorama.                                                                                   




The tools I required to do the work,and the thin wire.

l also needed a spoon to put through the  loop in the wire and holding the wire in the pliers the spoon was easily turned to create the first few twists  and it helped form the bottom of the tree.

These are not going to be massive tree`s. So Giant Oaks,they are not. Nor are they any type of named Genus Tree. They will be abstract ,and everyone knows what a tree looks like,but there are those irritating tree inspectors who to say the least of them, do put off people wanting to enjoy this hobby.
I hope you all understand my meaning?  Four pieces of wire were doubled up in halves so the ends met and all were twisted with the aid of the spoon to form the trunk. Then separated as seen into differing directions. This is not a twig making method, but a clear cut quick one that will reveal the results that I need.

The makings for a good sturdy base, and the HO OO Scale building with the wire armature  by its side.

Yes this worked out a real treat,and there will be a few more tree`s and each one will look different from the others, but basically the same size tree.

Now scratch built tree`s have the ability to fall over when trying to form them up in the higgledy-piggledy required  manor.   So a Milk Bottle top helped form a good sturdy base shape.

A share oddity of design using blu tac, which needs not look pretty to anyones eyes.

Well the tree base along with other stuff was cast up in Plaster of Paris. Yes they are Mushrooms!


                                                     Forming the bottom feet

Working out the branches from roughly the halfway point showing 2 wires twisted together.

                                                       Twisting the feet.

Well after 5minutes the wire part of the tree is nearly finished.

5 pieces of folded up wire were added  to five branches.

 No measurements was required just judging the work by eye.

The wire was positioned across each branch which now makes two wires either side to be twisted together this twisting tightens each wire placed and in this way a soldering iron is not needed.

 So after working around the tree each branch now has four wires.

Placing it in my hand loosely allowed it to be tugged with the other hand and this pushed the wire into a more compact  form.

The little tree,needed a little trimming at this point,and the size comparison with the teaspoon was to my liking. It is those single wire pieces on the ends of each branch that supported the canopy later.

Along side the first one,there stands the second little tree awaiting the casting up.  Making sure the armature is free standing means the base can be filled and then the tree can be pushed into the mix and left free standing. Leaving the tree half complete,but the easier half was to come later.

                       One cannot make stuff without making a mess and I believe in showing it.

  From the start of cutting the wire to the base pouring 10 minutes tops.  _______________ Magic!

The ends of the wire was to be rounded over at this point making it safer to handle without all that sharp end wire to impale and scratch.

                                     FORMING THE CANOPY OF THE TREE

Below are pictures I used before on how to make simple tree`s? So they have saved me time by not re-shooting again,i decided to use the same stuff on those trees above and it will form a nice light canopy. I like to use materials that are cheap and easily available in bulk like those below.

                                                            It tears off easy in a strip.

                                       This forms enough twiggy foundation on the wire.

           It is something that does not require heaps of it to help form a good looking tree.
The leftover sponge can be used on other projects like long hedges so there is no waste.


There are lots of ways I do my hedges and I dreamed this one up a few years back.

Using the left over sponge.

The sponge was cut into halves, and a few minutes were spent picking out tiny pieces,which were saved for other projects.

An easy way to shape the sponge hedge.

By pushing in a length of wire through the entire length.

A corner is made to the hedge. ( The little fellow is one of mine made with wire and P V A  Glue.)
Emulsion Paint does just fine,and when dry it will harden nicely. I find neat paint without water mixed in it ,is the best  way to paint sponges because there is no need to soak the work. I remember the nice sunny day when I placed the entire work outside to dry. The plucked out pieces where used elsewhere for vegetation of lots of kinds.  So there is  no waste at all.

Another Tree

This tree was actually designed to lean forward. 

The same tree after casting up.

The ends of the wire bent and rounded over for safety. This will not notice later. This tree being larger than the others took an hour to reach this stage. Rounding the edges takes time but is better done than left.  I have made five of these wire tree`s, and the next stage is applying plaster to the tree. However Plaster of Paris goes off very quick and so I mix PVA Glue, Washing up Liquid  and water. This combination acts as a plasticizer which means I have lots of time to complete the next stage that I will show later.

                                                     END OF PART ONE

             Thank you for viewing I hope you find time for part two?  BB

                                                           PART TWO

                                                         Welcome Back.

Plaster of Paris fresh mixed up and still runny, and one table spoonful of PVA Glue, A good Squirt of Washing Up Liquid. This all mixed up in the Yogurt Tub. The mixture is laid on by the brush and dries in just a few minutes. The mixture will not go hard in the plastic tub, and it is day five and I`m still using it for adding to all the tree`s including adding roots on the bases of the plaster cast ones on the table.

Like setting out a Chees Board, the formal straight lines are broken up,by other tree`s placed that creates 9`s, 7,s ,5,s and 3`s,and even the 5 wire tree`s are placed with yes three houses.

 This is only an illustration to show how these will suit well within the HO OO Scale I work in.

There are many tree`s in Fiddle Wood where I live, some are craggy old and split by wind damage others tall and branched out as if having hands with twisted fingers trying to catch the clouds as they pass them by. Like I mentioned before these are just abstract tree`s, but yes inspiration is certainly gleaned happy head first in magic style from real tree`s,along with pictures of them.

I have coated and raised the plasterwork five times,and it has now reached the point along with all the other twisted hobbit like tree`s, that are  off now onto the  painting production line. Now I never know what or how each will look with colour added. Some add colour to the plaster but i prefer to ? ????? I`ll explain later.  Thanks for looking. BB

                                                      END OF PART TWO


  1. Interesting, realistic and so impressive job, they look superb...Congrats Paul!

    1. It is early days yet Phil,and topping those trees will be fun. Although I already have lots of trees from years ago scratch building,it is good to do just a few. I made hundreds for the woodland at Hougoumont.I Lost a few though through damage.
      Very nice of you to visit and comment. BB