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Static Grass Part 2: Laying The Grass | Model Railway Hints, Tips, How To Articles and Reviews at Model Trains Online

Following on from John’s first article showing us how to make your own static grass applicator from nothing more than a flyswatter and a tea strainer, John’s now going to walk us through how to use the applicator…

First off, lay down some PVA and put the static grass in the tea strainer.  Clip the common/earth wire as close as possible to the area you are applying grass too. You can do this by lightly tapping a nail into the baseboard and clipping the common/earth wire to it.

Static Grass on an N gauge diorama

Hold the tea strainer between inch and 2 inches above the glue and gently tap the strainer the grass will fall through the mesh and get attracted to the glue end on and stand up due to the static electricity. To get really good results let the first coat dry thoroughly, then apply some more PVA with a paint brush and do it again. I use a clean vacuum cleaner to remove the surplus grass, then I can reuse that when each coat is dry as it doesn’t all stick.

To create the flowers below I used 6mm static grass applied first, then a coat of 2mm secondly. Once that was dry I painted PVA across the tops of the tufts once more and applied coloured flock to the pva on the tips of the grass. Once that was on and drying I sealed the whole thing with a coat of cheap hairspray.

Homemade grass strips and flowerbeds using PVA and static grass

I have also discovered a few things regarding static grass application:

For some reason PVA doesn’t like Roses tin lids (popular chocolates here in the UK).  You have to eat the Roses first and this probably applies to any other tin-based confectionary! But this is useful as it can be used to make flower beds and grass boarders in this way in individual strips. When the PVA glue is dry, they simply lift straight off the tin lid. I have also made a 3 inch by 2 inch patch using the tin lid.

Another variable seems to be the amount of PVA to use. If it’s too thin it won’t support the grass, so it doesn’t stand up well enough. So it seems that a thicker application is best.

I also tried using hairspray and it works too but you have to be very quick. The hairspray is better for a second application of grass to get thicker tufts and sealing.

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5 Responses to Static Grass Part 2: Laying The Grass

  1. Justin says:

    Quick question John, what brand of static grass do you use? Do use a range of shades that you blend for specific results or do you just go with whatever packet takes your fancy?

  2. John Yarham says:

    Hi Justin,

    I have used Javis 2mm, 4mm Grass Fern Green No.8 and Summer Meadow No.6 and 6mm Static grass from Realistic Modelling Services.
    I do mix them generally by laying one on the top of the other. The darker foliage is nearer the ground.
    I have a clean micro vacuum cleaner that is only used for static gras so I collect the unstuck grass back up and that is stored separate jar for use as well as ground cover is never all exactly the same colour.

    The flowers are Woodland Scenics Flower bed packs T48 and for sprinkling that I use happy shopper herb and spice containers, they have a nice small sprinkling aperture.

    John

  3. builder kim says:

    I made one like that.Warning dont be a butt head and wack ya wrist with the thing to see if it work’s.Ohhhhh it sure does and had a numbe wrist for hour’s.That’s some nice work.Thankyou for the tip’s..

  4. steve says:

    Hi John,
    thanks for the article, very helpful and the results look tremedous without breaking the bank!
    I have a little problem (no, not that kind), I have bought one of the elctonic fly swats from the UK, made by Steuber but on opening it I’ve found that i have (apart from the white wires connected to the battery holder, and a small read wire looping to connections in the circuit board, two bare wires connecting to the swat bat from the circuit board( those cunning Germans!!) I’m going to “experiment” as to which one is live (not on myself you understand), but have you any suggestions that may help, Please make it clean and without any personal injury required. Much appreciated if you have.
    Kind regards
    steve

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