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Making Your Own Trees by Eddie Field

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The items required to make your own trees are as follows. Thin wire, the thinner the better, PVA Glue, Rubberized Horsehair, Woodland Scenics Underbush, different grades and colours. Long tweezers and a stiff small paintbrush; all available at Gas Cupboard Models. Also ready mixed polyfilla & carpet adhesive; available from most DIY stores and a large jar.

 
Step 1: Cut between 8- 15 lengths of wire roughly 6-7 inches long (for taller trees 9-10 inches)
Step 2: Twist the wire from the base to form the trunk leaving some wires out on the way to make the branches. Trim some of the branches to different lengths.
Step 3: Mix a small amount of PVA into some Polyfilla (roughly 1 part PVA to 3 parts Polyfilla). Paint this mixture onto the trunk and branches using the stiff brush. A stippling action works well for texture. Leave this to dry for 24 hours.
Step 4: Paint the trunk and branches. Do not use brown, a few coats of greys and greens give a better effect.
Step 5: Tear off little balls of the rubberized Horsehair (about the size of a ping pong ball) and trim them with scissors to remove any long strands.
Step 6: Mix the Woodland scenics underbush in the large jar (Use a mix of grades and colours). Spray the rubberized Horsehair all over with the carpet adhesive using the tweezers to hold them. Once sprayed, hold them in the jar and slowly shake it making sure you get a good cover of underbush. Place these onto newspaper and allow to dry for 24 hours.
Step 7: When everything is dry put a small amount of PVA onto the ends of the branches and attach the covered Horsehair to them. You can spray the finished tree with hairspray to stop too much of the foliage coming off.

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