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.
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.
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.
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.