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Offline modellius

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Tree by modellius
« on: May 06, 2014, 03:39:51 PM »
Hi to you all, I wish to share my three making technique, it's not all mine, just a few changes/adjustmens, basically you can find this in Adoba Laszlo's fantastic book Let's Build Dioramas, I tried it out and it really works, it's easy and cheap !


So, lets's start :

First you need a simple copper wire, all junk electrical devices have one  :-green , i cut it about 10 % - 15 % longer than the height of the tree would be, this percentage will be lost with twisting the wire.

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Then we can shape the tree. At first I recommend a photo of the tree until the first few trees, just to get the right shape. I always put toothpick in the trunk ( fixing with super glue without problems ) sa I have a place to keep the tree without touching it and I use this toothpick later on to fix the tree on the base

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To get rid of the texture of the twisted copper wire I use white glue for carpenters in several layers

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Next step. Putting a layer of toalet paper on the trung

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And another layer of glue

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And now we can make the texture of the trunk. For this step we need an acrylic carpenter putty and an old toothbrush. Just simply put the putty on the trunk and texture it with the toothbrush

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And now the painting. We need only tree colours : sand brown, burnt umber and black. I use acrylics for shorter drying period. First a layer of burnt umber overall, then goes black wash and for the last stage dry brush with sand brown. And you don't need air brush at all !

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And now the treetop.....

For the treetop I use synthetic cotton wool which is used in fish tank filters. First paint the cotton wool. On this step you need an Air Brush.

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Than you just glue the cotton wool to the tree ( super glue work fine ). After all is dry with scissors shape it as you wish.

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For leaves I use a NOCH product for railway modelers, it comes in a few different colors

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First I put the darkest shade to the bottom to make an optical illusion of an thick treetop. Leves are easily fixed with hair spray, or matt cote in spray

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Than you fill the treetop with a mixed color leaves

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And the tree is done !

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Re: Tree by modellius
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2014, 04:25:08 PM »
This tree look like tree!!! Excellent!

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Re: Tree by modellius
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2014, 04:33:31 PM »
Thanks ! More to follow  ;)

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Re: Tree by modellius
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2014, 04:35:10 PM »
Thanks to you :)) :-ok

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Re: Tree by modellius
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 03:40:13 PM »
This is a great subject!!!!

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Re: Tree by modellius
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2014, 07:17:36 PM »
Excellent; thank you for the tip!