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 Posted: Sun Nov 11th, 2012 02:22 pm
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Thanks Ray and Joey, think I'll update the SBS later this week, been working on a couple..



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 Posted: Fri Nov 16th, 2012 06:09 am
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Tutorial of small bushes with a hot glue gun..weapons of choice..



use a piece of HPL laminate to work on and spray it lightly with a vaseline spray otherwise it's the same as makin tufts, cut pieces of the brushes and stick'm into the glue,,



I don't own a airbrush (need to order one soon) and the lack of flat colors in rattle cans (only mat black) I decided to paint with a brush only use sepia extra acrylics...



next step is to add 5/6mm static grass fibers using spray glue and a tea sieve...



repeat this step but now using 2mm fibers...hard to see but this is the closest my lens can get (need to buy a macro for this)



next step is adding WS fine turf color weeds..but I play around a bit with several colors...



last step is adding Noch Ho leaves, ordered some Polak material also to try and play with..use 2 different colors to give them more depth...



when I'm finished I seal it with a cheap hairspray..
Think it's ending up here on my layout



easy like that takes about 5 till 10 minutes each, maybe it's easier to order prefab Polak's or Mini-natur but I think this is more fun...[:D]



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 Posted: Fri Nov 16th, 2012 06:13 am
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Let's do a real SBS on the bush making...

Base were I work on is a thin sheet of aluminium..



instead of taping I used non permanent sprayglue this time to hold the kraftpaper on the aluminium sheet (paper's the kind spraypainters use for masking) and painted it black/brown with a cheap wall latex..



The sisal rope in varoius stages and the tool I use for combing it a bit straight ( it's for the dog and from the petshop)



Changed the next step a bit, didn't like the clumbs of hot glue so I figured adding the bush frames befor groundcover would hide them a bit more..



also did a second sheet with 0.4mm florist wire ..



Like the hot glue for sopeeding up the proces. Next step is adding fast drying white glue to the sheet and a variety of sawdust from my workshop...with a coarse and fine sieve..





closer look..



Did put both sheets away to dry. Will post more steps later..

Time for the next steps in bush making..
Left it yesterday with the sawdust added and white glue drying, time to add another coat of blackish brown. Mixture of latex wallpaint, white glue and a wall sealant (somekinda stuff you use to seal walls before painting, to get the suction out of it, dunno how it's called in english)





let it dry for a couple of hours and then these come in..



give both the sisalrope and the floristwire a quick coat with these flat spraypaints..





after this I put both plate on the side to have a real good dry. Next steps tomorrow also waiting on some ailenee's tacky glue. Wanna try that for adding fibers to the branches..

Last coat 's dry so time to add some grasses. First a coat with 2mm fibers, advantage of working on this tiny sheets is that after you grassed it up you can turn it upside down and knock of the loose fibers. After this its right on with the second layer of 4,5mm fibers. Taking a syringe and dropping in thin glue..repeat the knock off...





added a 5 eurocent coin for sizes in the close-up





Also tried the tacky glue. Just a stick of floristwire and some fibers added



that's it for now, next steps tomorrow...

Been a bit to rough on the fibers, added 12mm's instead of 6 [:-banghead]Well I tried to make some out of it. Added some 2mm fibers to and after that Polak fine leaves...



Lets have a closer look..



One lesson learned for myself, don't drink to much beers before ya work on greens [:D]

Last ones in the SBS on bush building. The florist wire bushes. Just cut them a bit random so not every branch in a bush is the same height. After that adding wooly fibers with aleene's tacky glue..



Next step is adding 6mm fibers with a tea sieve, bought a cheap airbrush and use Polak Sprayfix..WS scenic cement will do the trick to



repeat this but this time using 2mm fibers..



Noticed you have better control with the airbrush so I used it for painting the bushes a bit blackish to..



Airbrush and sprayfix, Polaks fine leaves with a tea sieve and theres the final result..



been looking for the kinda airy look..think it has it..



Just have to trim them here and there...
That's it folks.................easy



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 Posted: Fri Nov 16th, 2012 08:51 am
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Wow Martin, that's a great how to. Those bushes look so real. Thanks for posting that tutorial.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 16th, 2012 12:34 pm
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Martin, thank you for showing us how to make foliage!

A question--Have you tried using hair- either animal or human-as the armature of a bush? I've been saving clumps of my hair (before it decides to turn white) from home haircuts. Also have thought about--but not tried--dog hair.
Just examined Gromit's coat closely and don't think that his hair is enough coarser than mine--and his falls out before it gets to the length that mine does before it's cut--so that might be a not-so-good idea.

As you further develop your technique, keep us in mind with updates please.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 16th, 2012 02:24 pm
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Herb,

That's an interesting question re: dog hair. You just had me sitting here considering if my 80 lb yellow lab's hair could be used for field grass. Sort of shocked I haven't considered that before...



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 Posted: Sat Nov 17th, 2012 07:00 am
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You're welcome guys !! Real hair for foliage, didn't try that. Got my sister saving her hairextensions for foliage / fibers she says it's real hair. Try that soon...



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 Posted: Sat Nov 17th, 2012 03:44 pm
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Martin & friends. A while back, I posted this little bit about weeds & thought it might be helpful for those so inclined.

http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=2835&forum_id=9

Of course, there ain't any improving Martin's techniques...his trees & bushes look like...well...trees & bushes!

Woodie



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 Posted: Sun Nov 18th, 2012 05:38 am
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Great way to give the grasses a more fluffy look Woodie.

Before questions are coming about the used fibers. Fibers used in the first step have the name Wooly. I do purchase them through a flower shop ( they are used over here for decoration). Hard to get over the pond. There are also a couple of garden pond filter fibers I use, they all have this curly look. Maybe WS polyfibers do the trick and I believe Micromark or Scenic Express also cary some rough fibers. Do use cheap halloween wigs to for fibers..



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 Posted: Mon Nov 19th, 2012 11:54 am
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Quick update on pinetree building. After the frames are ready it's time for some Noch 12mm fibers. Sprayglue from below, fibers with the grassmaster





when fibers are added I give them a quick blow with compressed air. Sprayglue added from below and a coat of 6mm fibers..





repeat the first steps and add a final layer of 2mm fibers..





and again blow wiith compressed air from the top. Done with the fibers time for a quick spray with mud brown and olive drab camo paint from a can..





Now it's time for the WS green grass fine turf, T46 if I'm right. Sprayglue added from below and several layers of fine turf added. Not to much at once just build up..





Hope you like this SBS..



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