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Kim's Wire Trees for His OO/HO Layout | Model Railway Hints, Tips, How To Articles and Reviews at Model Trains Online

After last weeks video that I shared on how to make model trees from scrap copper wire, Kim’s been giving it a go, and he’s found his own novel way to create foliage!

“Hi Justin,

I’ve been experimenting with making wire trees after that video you put in last weeks newsletter. I’ve been adding more and more leaves to it and will repaint the trunk with the crafters acrylic paint to add a bit of extra thickness I think.

Here's the wire I used to make the tree

Here’s the wire I used to make the tree

This one is Ho scale and stands about 4 inches tall. I’ve left the roots on to make it more like a real tree. Once I’m ready to it down I can fill in the roots and it will look pretty realistic I think.

Starting to add some of the leaves

Starting to add some of the leaves

For the foliage, rather than scatter I decided to go down a different route as I wanted bigger leaves. You can get a huge bundle of those plastic plants for decorating pots and such for about $1. Snip off the buds & tiny leaves and instant glue them to the wire branches on your tree. Going to try a 5 inch tall weeping willow I think next. Once the tree is fuller it will look better, so there’s lots more leaves I need to add.

It's fiddly work, but it should look good when it's done!

It’s fiddly work, but it should look good when it’s done!

It’s great this method of making trees… All you need is a piece of wire, sharp pointy cutters, instant glue, and plastic plants! oh and tweezers. If you wanted to make the foliage look a little more refined, you could just use these leaves as a base and then just give them a quick coating of white glue / pva and dip them into scatter or foliage to give a richer appearance.

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